An easy houseplant - with a pretty decorative foliage.
Common name : Schefflera
Scientific name : Schefflera
Family : Araliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Brassaia, or Schefflera, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araliaceae. The plants are trees, shrubs or lianas, growing 1–30 metres (3 ft 3 in–98 ft 5 in) tall, with woody stems and palmately compound leaves.
Several species are grown in pots as houseplants, most commonly Schefflera actinophylla - Umbrella Tree - and Schefflera arboricola - Dwarf Umbrella Tree. Numerous cultivars have been selected for various characters, most popularly for variegated or purple foliage.
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.