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How to Make Schefflera Plant Cuttings

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Overview

Schefflera plants, also known as umbrella plants, are tender tropical plants that grow well indoors, making an interesting addition to the home decor. The schefflera is propagated through seeds, layering and stem cuttings. Stem cuttings taken from a healthy schefflera result in an exact duplicate of the stock plant.

Step 1

Put on protective gloves before taking any cuttings from the schefflera plant. Make an angled cut 2 to 3 inches below the leaf stem but under the two fully formed leaves at the top of the schefflera plant. Avoid the older stems toward the bottom of the plant.

Step 2

Wet potting soil with warm water to moisten the planting medium. Do not saturate the soil but rather keep it moist enough so your hand feels slightly moist when you squeeze a handful together. Fill the growing pot with the moistened potting soil and create a hole in the center with your finger for the plant cutting.

Step 3

Pour 1 tbsp. of rooting compound into a plastic baggie and dip the schefflera cutting to cover the bottom inch with rooting compound. Shake off any excess compound and plant the cutting into the formed hole in the potting soil.

Step 4

Cover the growing pot with clear plastic or stick the entire pot into a clear plastic bag. Seal the plastic to create a humid miniature greenhouse. Set the planted cutting in a warm area with bright light but avoid direct sunlight.

Step 5

Monitor the cutting daily by opening the plastic bag to allow air to circulate. Reseal the plastic after one to two hours. Mist the surface of the soil if it becomes dry using a spray bottle of water. After four to six weeks, check for any root development by giving the cutting a gentle tug. A feeling of resistance means the schefflera cutting has started developing a root system. Once the roots start to form, remove the plastic from the growing pot.

Step 6

Continue caring for the new schefflera plant by watering only when the soil becomes dry and keeping the tender plant away from drafts and direct sunlight. Allow the plant to grow and treat it as you would the stock plant for optimum growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of the schefflera plant are poisonous, including the sap.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or sharp knife
  • Protective gloves
  • Rooting compound
  • Plastic baggie
  • Growing pot
  • Clear plastic wrap or large plastic bag
  • Quality potting soil
  • Spray bottle of water

References

  • University of Florida: Schefflera
  • North Carolina State University: Schefflera
  • Purdue University: New Plants from Cuttings
  • Colorado State University: Plant Talk; Schefflera
Keywords: schefflera plant cuttings, schefflera cuttings, plant cuttings

About this Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.

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