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Basic Schefflera Care
Schefflera Plants, also known as Umbrella Plants, are easy to care for and striking in every room. Below you will find all the information you need to care for your Schefflera including basic care tips as well as how to diagnose and treat common problems.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed Schefflera Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Schefflera is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Schefflera like bright, indirect light
Although they can deal with a range of light conditions, we recommend putting your Schefflera in a bright spot that doesn’t receive too much direct sunlight. It can adjust to lower light levels but you will notice the growth is slower and more spaced out.
Schefflera plants need rotating every month
Your Schefflera will begin to lean towards the light so rotating it every few weeks will help keep it stable and looking even.
Check the soil before watering
Schefflera don’t need to be watered a huge amount and will not mind at all if you forget every so often. They don’t like their roots to be sitting in water so just make sure you check your Schefflera’s soil before watering.
Boosting the humidity is not a necessity
Your Schefflera will do just fine with the natural humidity levels in your home. If you do want to boost the humidity, we recommend misting the leaves every other week or using a pebble tray.
Schefflera prefer warmer temperatures.
During the winter months, your Schefflera may struggle if the temperature in your home drops too low. We recommend making sure that your Schefflera isn’t sat next to an AC vent or drafty doors/windows as this may cause your plant to go into shock and lose a few of its leaves.
Schefflera are toxic to pets and humans
The sap inside your Schefflera’s leaves is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Try to wear gloves if repotting or handling your Schefflera and keep it out of the way of your furry friends or children.
Fertilising your Schefflera is totally optional
You can have a happy and healthy Schefflera without fertilising it. However, if you do want to boost growth, you can do this by giving it soluble fertiliser a couple of times over the Spring and Summer months.
You can propagate a Schefflera using stem cuttings
The simplest way to successfully propagate a Schefflera plant is to use stem cuttings. Carefully cut off part an offshoot of the stem, or the top part of the plant with clean sharp scissors. Make sure it has part of the stem rather than just a leaf as roots will establish themselves quicker. Place in clean water to begin with until roots have formed. Then root into potting soil and continue usual Schefflera care.
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Schefflera .
The sap inside your Schefflera’s leaves is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Try to wear gloves if repotting or handling your Schefflera and keep it out of the way of your pets or children.
Schefflera plants don’t need to be watered a huge amount and will not mind at all if you forget every so often. They don’t like their roots to be sitting in water so just make sure you check your Schefflera’s soil before watering.
Schefflera plants can deal with some direct light but keep them away from intense light during summer as it can dry out and burn the leaves. They can adjust to lower light levels but you will notice the growth is slower and more spaced out.
Schefflera plants are relatively easy to care for as they are quite adaptable to a range of environments and are quite forgiving when it comes to watering habits.
Schefflera plants are one of the best beginner houseplants as they don’t require constant care and attention. They adapt well to a range of watering and care habits and adjust nicely to most homes.
Schefflera plants aren’t quite slow growers but can reach about 8 feet (2.4m) high.
Schefflera Care Starter Kit
We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Schefflera .
Common Problems with your Schefflera
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Dropping leaves on your Schefflera may be due to shock. If you have recently moved or repotted your Schefflera don’t be alarmed if a few leaves drop off.
Also pay attention to the light levels as insufficient sunlight be also cause your Schefflera to lose some of its lower leaves as it focuses its energy on producing new growth.
You can find out more in our journal post about why your Schefflera is losing leaves.
Drooping leaves are usually an indication that you are watering your Schefflera incorrectly. Check the moisture in the soil to see whether it is soggy or dry and adjust your watering accordingly.
We have written a guide on drooping Schefflera leaves with more information.
If you notice that your Schefflera’s leaves are turning yellow, this is probably due to watering issues.
You may be either over or underwatering your Schefflera so check the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
Brown leaves on your Schefflera can be quite a complex issue as there are many things that may be causing this. We have written a whole post on this to help you diagnose why your Schefflera is developing brown leaves.
Simple Schefflera Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Schefflera arboricola.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Latin Name||Schefflera arboricola|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Soil Type||Potting Soil|