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Zoom Indoor Tree | Schefflera | Funky Fave
Zoom Indoor Tree | Schefflera | Funky Fave
Zoom Indoor Tree | Schefflera | Funky Fave
Zoom Indoor Tree | Schefflera | Funky Fave

Indoor Tree | Schefflera | Funky Fave


Schefflera, often referred to as the Umbrella Plant or Schefflera arboricola, is a popular and easy-to-care-for houseplant known for its attractive, palmate leaves. Here's a profile of Schefflera along with basic care guidelines:

Plant Profile:

  • Scientific Name: Schefflera arboricola
  • Pot Size: 300mm
  • Height: over a metre tall
  • Common Names: Umbrella Plant, Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Dwarf Schefflera
  • Origin: Native to Taiwan and Hainan, a tropical island in China.

Basic Care Tips:

  1. Light: Schefflera thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, particularly morning sunlight, but avoid prolonged exposure to harsh, intense sun, which can scorch the leaves. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid exposure to cold drafts, as Schefflera is sensitive to temperature fluctuations.

  3. Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out between waterings. Water the plant thoroughly when the soil is slightly dry but not completely dried out. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to underwater rather than overwater.

  4. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with good aeration. A mix designed for houseplants or tropical plants is suitable.

  5. Container: Choose a pot with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. Schefflera prefers somewhat crowded roots, so avoid excessively large pots.

  6. Fertilizing: Feed your Schefflera with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop feeding in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.

  7. Pruning: Prune your Schefflera to maintain its desired shape and remove any leggy or yellowing growth. Regular pruning can help create a bushier appearance.

  8. Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestations, treat your plant promptly with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

  9. Repotting: Repot your Schefflera every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its pot. Choose a slightly larger container, and refresh the potting mix during the process.

Schefflera is a fantastic choice for beginners and experienced gardeners alike, thanks to its forgiving nature and lush, green foliage. With proper care, it will thrive as an attractive and low-maintenance houseplant in your home or office.

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