How to Care for Your Schefflera Plant


The scientific name for a schefflera plant is Schefflera arboricola Compacta, but it is often simply referred to as the umbrella plant. The schefflera plant can grow as a tree, but is more common as a houseplant. The schefflera's leaves help to purify the air in your home. A schefflera plant can easily reach 8 feet in height, but can be pruned down. Caring for a schefflera is rather easy, and even your kids can help without any problem.

Step 1

Give your schefflera plant plenty of light. The key is to give the plant indirect light. Sunlight can cause burns to the leaves of a schefflera plant.

Step 2

Water your schefflera plant until the soil is moist. Then wait for the soil to dry out a little. Green Patio recommends watering each time the top 1/2 inch of soil becomes dry. If you have a dish under your schefflera plant, don't let it sit full of water. Too much water can lead to root rot and cause the leaves to lose their glossiness.

Step 3

Feed your schefflera plant an all-purpose fertilizer for houseplants. According to Colorado State University, you should fertilizer a schefflera plant once every two months if your light source provides high light, and once every three months if your light source provides medium light.

Step 4

Keep your schefflera plant in a room in your home where the temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F. You also need to make sure your plant is not near any heating or air vents.

Step 5

Prune your schefflera plant as desired for shape and height.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Houseplant fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Plant Care: Schefflera Arboricola--Dwarf Umbrella Tree
  • Green Patio: Scheffelera Arboricola
  • Colorado State University: Schefflera
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