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Care of Aralia Balfouriana Plant

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Aralia balfouriana is a distinctive indoor plant that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall at maturity. Depending on the variety, the big, crinkly leaves may be either glossy dark green, green mottled with pale yellow blotches, or green edged in creamy white. Aralia balfouriana, often called dinnerplate aralia because of its perfectly round leaves, needs only a moderate level of care in order to thrive.

Place your aralia balfouriana in indirect but bright light such as a position 3 to 4 feet from a sunny window or near a window covered with a sheer curtain. If light conditions are too low, place the plant under a grow light for six to eight hours per day.

Keep your aralia balfouriana in a warm room with temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and about 10 degrees cooler at night. Don't allow the temperature to fall below 65 degrees F.

Place your aralia balfouriana on a tray or saucer filled with wet pebbles to increase humidity around the plant. Keep the pebbles wet at all times, but don't allow the water to touch the bottom of the container. Never allow the container to stand in water.

Water your aralia balfouriana deeply and allow the water to drain freely through the drainage hole in the bottom of the container. Allow the soil to become slightly dry before watering again.

Fertilize your aralia balfouriana every three weeks during spring and summer, using a high-quality liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Follow the manufacturer's directions for application. Fertilize the plant once monthly during fall and winter, with fertilizer diluted to half-strength.


Things You Will Need

  • Grow light (optional)
  • Tray or saucer
  • Pebbles
  • Liquid fertilizer for indoor plants

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.