Schefflera, also known as umbrella tree, is a genus of trees and shrubs native to tropical regions. Schefflera plants are commonly grown as houseplants for their ornamental foliage, which resembles a large umbrella. Schefflera can grow to 8 feet in height. The plants are easy to grow indoors, although they do have consistent temperature and humidity requirements.
Plant schefflera in a heavy planter to prevent the top-heavy plant from falling over. Use a standard potting soil with good drainage. Keep the plant in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight throughout the day.
Keep schefflera at a temperature of between 65 and 70 degrees F at night and between 75 and 80 degrees F during the day. Place a thermometer near the plant to ensure the temperature stays in the appropriate range.
Check the top inch of soil daily for moisture. Apply water to the schefflera plant whenever the top 1 inch is completely dry to the touch. Never allow the soil to dry out completely or become soggy. Allow the top 3 inches of soil to dry out before watering during winter.
Feed schefflera once per month using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Water the plant before and after fertilizing to prevent nitrogen burn. Apply according to the directions provided by the manufacturer.
Use a spray bottle filled with tepid water to mist the foliage of schefflera once a day to emulate the humidity of its natural environment and to prevent spider mite infestation. Mist in the morning so the plant dries before the temperature drops.