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Guide to Grow and Care for Schefflera

The Schefflera is native to Malaysia. It is referred to as the umbrella tree. There are two primary kinds of this tree, the Actinophylla, and the Arboricola. The Arboricola is the most well-known kind that is kept today and is found in a few distinct structures.

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The ordinary Arboricola has ordinarily green leaves. The Arboricola Renate has green leaves, yet they are undulated. The Arboricola Gold Capella has green leaves, yellow or gold leaves. New kinds of this plant are continually being acquainted so you are bound to see different sorts also. 

The Schefflera houseplant is a famous plant and comes in numerous kinds. The most notable one is the umbrella tree and the bantam umbrella tree. One reason making it popular is that these plants don’t require much care. However, it is still very necessary to know appropriate care tips. Continue reading to know how to take care of Schefflera properly. 

Schefflera Plant at a Glance

  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Botanical Name: Schefflera spp.
  • Common Name: Schefflera, Umbrella Tree, Umbrella Plant
  • Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree
  • Native Area: Taiwan, Australia, Hainan
  • Mature Size: 4–15 ft. tall
  • Soil Type: Rich and moderately moist
  • Sun Exposure: Bright (indirect light)
  • Bloom Time: Summer (outdoors)
  • Hardiness Zones: 10–11 (USA)
  • Flower Color: White, red, pink
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to humans and pets

Schefflera Care


The Schefflera plant requires much light to grow, but do not keep it in direct sunlight. Throughout the midyear, significantly, no direct sun should arrive at the plant even through the windows. Windows can make the sun more perilous. Whenever kept in direct sun, the leaves of this plant will get scorched. 

Soil and Potting 

Pot your Schefflera in slightly acidic, loamy soil that channels well. Try to use a pot with drainage holes. Plan on repotting consistently or two, or when the soil begins to minimal and the roots begin to get confined in the pot. 

Make sure you use good quality soil that contains a lot of supplements. You ought to likewise use manure as per the guidelines on the bundle. Assuming you need to ensure your leaves don't become yellow, you can add some fluid iron a few times each year. 


Significantly, you do not overwater this plant, or it will foster root decay. Possibly water it when the soil is dry. You can water this plant from the top of the base. If your water is from the base, put the pot in water for around ten minutes, and the plant will take up the water it needs.

If your water is from the top, water it until the water channels through the base. If the leaves are becoming dark, this implies that the soil is remaining excessively wet. If the leaves are wrinkling up, the plant is much dry. 

Temperature and Humidity 

This plant flourishes in temperatures between the high 50s and low 70s Fahrenheit. Generally speaking, get it far from drafts, warmers, vents, and more to keep away from freezing or browning the leaves.

Types of Schefflera

Schefflera actinophylla: This kind can grow into a tremendous tree yet is grown in pots to give a fuller, bushier impact. It is likewise named Brassaia actinophylla. 

Dwarf Schefflera is a conservative assortment exhibiting little, praise, dull green leaves. This houseplant can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and wide. 


Schefflera indoor care is simple and does not need an excessive amount of time. Pruning Schefflera is one of the significant parts of care. It required deliberately managing umbrella plant, start with intense and broken branches, an ideal opportunity to do this is in late fall.

We need to check if any infected branch is making Schefflera leaves wavy and yellow. Giving it a bushier shape while managing is the moving thing for an outdoor plant. The huge Schefflera plant has long, sparkling, oval-molded green shaded leaves that hang delightfully from a center branch, making it resemble an umbrella. 

Propagating Schefflera 

Schefflera are probably the simplest plants to proliferate. Air layering pruned branches from Schefflera and put them in perlite. Perlite is an incredible establishing medium. It works far superior if you first plunge the finish of the pruned branch in some powdered establishing chemical.

You will need to keep the perlite damp, so water the cuttings routinely. Show restraint! Schefflera trees set aside some effort to root, and you need the new plant to have a genuinely broad root system before you pot it up in the dirt. 

Potting and Repotting Schefflera 

Potting it when it has just simple roots will bring about the new tree kicking the bucket. This happened on various occasions when I got restless and pruned up another tree too early! You can leave your Schefflera in the perlite endlessly.

Ultimately, it will require supplements, yet the danger of leaving it in the perlite for quite a while is undeniably not the danger caused by taking it out too early.

Do not try to add supplements to the plant while it is as yet in the perlite. Continue to water it, keep it in a sufficiently bright area, and keep it at room temperature (or close to room temperature in any case). 

Common Pests and Plant Diseases 

Mealybugs, scale creepy crawlies, and parasites are common bugs of Schefflera. Root decay generally results from a dirt blend that doesn't deplete rapidly or excessive watering.

Pseudomonas leaf scourge (Pseudomonas cichorii) influences leaf edges of bantam Schefflera. Little water-splashed spots show up before they quickly mix, become dark, and lead to extreme leaf drop. Yellowish pinpoint sores textured across foliage might amplify between leaf veins until whole leaves are chlorotic.

The raised, unpredictably formed edges of sores give them a three-dimensional plug-like appearance. Untimely leaf drop happens in serious diseases. 

Common Problems with Schefflera 

Too much or too little water, in addition to pests and vermin, are the fundamental issues. Mealybugs, scale bugs, and vermin are common pests of Schefflera. Root decay results from a dirt blend that doesn't deplete rapidly or excessively successive watering.

Extreme leaf drops and darkened leaves are the best pointers that your plant is experiencing inappropriate watering. Dispersing of leaves, and spindly new growth, however, leaf drop is an indication that your umbrella tree needs appropriate lighting. 


How long do Schefflera plants live? 

Schefflera plants can live for quite a long time in ideal conditions. Grown indoors, these plants can satisfy 25 years even. 

Where would it be advisable for me to put Schefflera in my home? 

Pick an area inclined toward full shade or even full sun when growing Schefflera establishes outdoor. 

What other plant resembles Schefflera? 

The Umbrella Plant is a new houseplant that passes by many names, including the Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree, and Parasol Plant. Do not get it wrong for Cyperus, which is one more kind of Umbrella Plant.

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