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Schefflera Arboricola 'Umbrella' | Azucena Nursery

Schefflera Arboricola 'Umbrella' | Azucena Nursery

    • Botanical Name: Schefflera Arboricola
    • Common Names: Dwarf umbrella tree
    • Description: The Umbrella plant is the dwarf version of the larger Schefflera 
    • The Schefflera arboricola, commonly known as the "Umbrella Plant" or "Umbrella Tree," is a popular houseplant and ornamental plant. It is native to Taiwan and belongs to the Araliaceae family. This plant is appreciated for its attractive, glossy green foliage and relatively easy care requirements. Here are some key features and care tips for the Schefflera arboricola:

      1. Appearance: The Schefflera arboricola typically has compound leaves that resemble the shape of an umbrella, which is how it gets its common name. The leaves are divided into multiple leaflets, giving it a lush, tropical appearance. Varieties may have different leaf colors, including variegated forms with white or yellow markings.

      2. Light: Schefflera arboricola thrives in bright, indirect light. While it can tolerate some lower light conditions, it will grow best when exposed to sufficient sunlight. Avoid direct sun exposure, which can scorch the leaves.

      3. Temperature: Keep your Umbrella Plant in a warm environment. It prefers temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Avoid exposing it to cold drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations.

      4. Watering: Allow the top inch or two of the soil to dry out before watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and a pot with drainage holes.

      5. Humidity: These plants appreciate higher humidity levels, so misting the leaves or using a humidity tray can help. However, they can adapt to normal household humidity levels.

      6. Fertilization: Fertilize with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every 4-6 weeks. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the fall and winter months when the plant is not actively growing.

      7. Pruning: Regularly prune your Schefflera to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. You can pinch back the tips of the branches to promote new growth.

      8. Repotting: Repot your Umbrella Plant when it becomes root-bound or every 2-3 years. Choose a slightly larger pot and fresh potting mix.

      9. Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Regularly inspect the plant for signs of infestations, and treat as needed.

      10. Toxicity: Schefflera arboricola is considered mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.

      Overall, Schefflera arboricola is a great choice for indoor or office environments, adding a touch of greenery and a tropical feel to your space. With proper care, it can grow into a healthy and attractive plant.

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