The type species - and one of the most popular in our living rooms!
Common name : Australia umbrella tree
Scientific name : Schefflera actinophylla
Family : Araliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
The most popular species, usually grown indoors, with a bright green varnished foliage. It reaches about 2 meters in height, sometimes 3 if its pot is large enough for its roots to grow! There are several cultivars, among which 'Variegata', with all-white leaves, or 'Dalton', bearing a variegated green and yellow foliage.
Sowing & planting
50 - 300
Identify my schefflera
The schefflera bears leaves composed of 3 to 30 leaflets, "spiraled", glazed, inserted in whorls. They form kinds of small parasols around the stem.
The plant has an erect habit and forms long woody stems on which the leaves are inserted.
Flowering indoors is rare, the flowers bears 4 or 5 greenish petals followed by spherical or ovoid berries.
Plant my schefflera
Plant in the spring your schefflera in a pot filled with potting soil or decomposed compost mixed with sand, on a layer of non-calcareous gravel. Some advise to add peat, but peat bogs are non-renewable protected areas, so it's up to you to decide ...
Place your schefflera in bright, non-burning light.
Water my schefflera
Scheffleras do not like limestone, so use filtered water instead. During growth, one watering per week is enough. In winter it is necessary to space watering by over 10 days.
Repot my schefflera
Renew the mixture of your scheffleras every two years. Use a bigger pot if you can.
Depot them, trim the outer roots and replace them with decomposed potting soil and sand.
If you do not have a bigger container or your schefflera is too big, just replace the mixture of the top.
Prune my schefflera
In Spring, cut the branches of your schefflera to "thin it" in the center, without necessarily shortening it.
Check on my schefflera
Watch for aphids, thrips and mealybugs. If they cause too much damage, you can peel them off with black soap or a cotton swab soaked in alcohol.