How to Care for a Schefflera Plant

Overview

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy planter
  • Potting soil
  • Thermometer
  • Fertilizer
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Umbrella Tree, Schefflera
  • The House Plant Expert; D. G. Hessayon; 1992
  • Beyond the Windowsill; Jon Carloftis; 2007
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