Directions on Care for a Ming Aurelia

Overview

Ming aralia, sometimes spelled as Ming aurelia and also known by its scientific name, Polyscias fruticosa, is a tropical, ornamental foliage plant commonly grown indoors in the United States. Native to the Pacific islands and areas of Southeast Asia, Ming aralia thrives in warm, humid conditions and cannot tolerate cold temperatures. Gardeners value the plant for its attractive, feathery foliage that densely covers its vertical branches, and well as its longevity and ease of care. The Ming aralia plant lives for many years when provided with proper maintenance.

Step 1

Keep Ming aralia in a location that receives bright morning sun and partial afternoon shade, such as a north-facing window. Maintain a daily temperature of 70 to 80 degrees F and a nightly temperature of 60 to 70 degrees F.

Step 2

Water Ming aralia just before the soil dries out completely, about once every 10 days. Apply water twice during each watering, once to re-moisturize the soil and again five minutes later to ensure that the root ball is soaked. Drain away all excess water to prevent the soil from becoming soggy.

Step 3

Fertilize the plant three times per year, once in spring, again in midsummer and a third time in early fall. Use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the rate recommended by the manufacturer. Water thoroughly after applying for the best results.

Step 4

Mist Ming aralia plants with a spray bottle twice each day, once in early morning and again around noon, to raise the relative humidity of the air surrounding the plant. Use lukewarm water to avoid shocking the plant.

Step 5

Repot the plant during February or March every two to three years to provide fresh soil and additional room for growth. Remove the plant from its current container and tap away any excess soil from the root system. Plant in a container 2 to 3 inches larger in diameter, using an all-purpose potting soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Houseplant fertilizer
  • Spray bottle
  • Container
  • Potting soil

References

  • Rhapis Gardens: Polyscias
  • Michigan State University Extension: Polyscias--Ming Aralia
  • "Encyclopedia of House Plants"; Nico Vermeulen; 1999
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.

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