Schefflera plants are beautiful and easy to care for houseplants that can add a touch of nature to any room.
With the right information, you can learn how to grow and maintain a Schefflera plant indoors with ease.
In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know about Schefflera care indoors, from planting tips to propagating Schefflera and common problems and solutions.
So if you’re interested in adding one of these lovely plants to your home, keep reading!
What Are Schefflera plants?
Schefflera plants are native to the tropical regions of Asia and Australia. They are part of the Araliaceae family.
Schefflera arboricola is a flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to Taiwan and Hainan Province, China. Its common name is dwarf umbrella tree, as it resembles a smaller version of the umbrella tree, Schefflera actinophylla. Current taxonomy places both species in the genus Heptapleurum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schefflera_arboricola
Most Schefflera plants being sold are Schefflera arboricola because the umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) is much larger often growing 50 feet tall.
However, when grown indoors they are typically much smaller.
Schefflera plants can grow to be quite large, but Schefflera arboricola or dwarf umbrella plant can be kept 4-8 feet tall and does well indoors.
Schefflera are characterized by their glossy green leaves, which are divided into seven to nine leaflets.
Schefflera plants can be found in a variety of colors, including green and variegated colors of green with a splash of yellow.
Schefflera Care Indoors
Schefflera care indoors is relatively easy as long as you provide the plant with the proper conditions.
Schefflera plants prefer bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light levels.
Schefflera should be watered when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
Allow the water to drain completely and do not allow the plant to sit in water, as this can lead to root rot.
Schefflera should be fertilized monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer.
Schefflera plants can be sensitive to fluoride or chlorine, so it is important to use water that does not contain these elements.
If your leaf tips turn brown build-up of these elements in your soil may be the cause.
Schefflera should be allowed to dry out between waterings, and they prefer high humidity levels.
Schefflera plants can be propagated by rooting stem cuttings in water or potting mix.
Pruning Schefflera plants is a necessary part of their care. Regular pruning helps to encourage new growth, and it also keeps the plant looking its best.
When pruning, always use sharp, clean shears. Make sure to remove any dead or damaged leaves, as well as any suckers that may be growing from the base of the plant.
It’s important to prune Schefflera back to a healthy bud, as this will help promote new growth.
In general, it’s best to prune Schefflera in the early spring, before new growth begins.
However, if your plant is overgrown or damaged, you may need to prune it more frequently.
An important part of Schefflera care indoors is repotting your plant about every 3 years.
They need to be repotted every few years to ensure that their roots have plenty of room to grow.
When repotting a Schefflera, choose a pot that is only one size larger than the current pot.
Place some potting mix on the bottom of the pot and place the root ball into the new pot. Fill in around the sides with more potting soil.
Make sure that your plant is not sitting deeper than it was before.
Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and water thoroughly after repotting.
It is best to repot in the spring when the plant is beginning to actively grow.
There are a few different ways to propagate Schefflera plants
One method is to take stem cuttings from an existing plant. Cut a 2-3 inch piece of stem from the tips of new growth, and remove the bottom leaves.
Place the cutting in a glass of water, and wait for it to develop roots. Once the roots are several inches long, you can pot up the cutting in a well-draining potting mix.
You can also root your cuttings in soil but I like using water because you can see if new roots are developing.
Propagating Schefflera By Division
Some plants have multiple stems but if your Schefflera grows as a single stem plant propagating Schefflera by division is not possible.
But you can propagate Schefflera by division if you have a multi-stem plant.
Carefully dig up an existing plant, and gently pull it apart into 2-3 sections. You may need a sharp knife to do this.
Replant each section in its own pot, and water it well.
Propagating Schefflera From Seed
Another option is to grow Schefflera from seed. Fill a seed tray with moistened potting mix, and scatter the seeds on top.
Gently press the seeds into the soil, and mist lightly with water.
Cover the tray with plastic wrap or a glass lid, and place it in a warm, bright spot. Remove the cover once the seeds have germinated.
Schefflera Common Problems And Solutions
When it comes to Schefflera care indoors these plants are generally quite hardy plants and trouble-free plants.
But there are a few common problems that can occur. One of the most common problems is leaf drop, which occurs when the plant is not getting enough light.
If you notice your Schefflera’s leaves begin to yellow and drop, move the plant to a brighter location.
If your plant is getting leggy or droopy that is also a sign that your plant is telling you it needs more light.
Another common problem is root rot, which can occur if the plant is overwatered.
If you suspect your Schefflera has root rot, remove it from its pot and check the roots.
If they are mushy or black you might be able to save your plant by cutting off damaged roots.
Then the plant will need to be repotted in fresh soil.
Schefflera are also susceptible to pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.
If you notice any of these pests on your Schefflera, treat the plant with an insecticidal soap or neem oil.
If you see brown leaf tips there can be several causes for this. Over fertilization can cause this.
Another common cause is fluoride and chlorine or other contaminants found in tap water. It can build up in the soil over time.
You can water with rainwater, distilled water, or better yet and easier add a filter to your tap because you are drinking it too.
Is Schefflera Poisonous
Yes, Schefflera is poisonous to cats, dogs, and humans.
The dwarf schefflera produces poisonous oxalates in its leaves and stems. These sharp, tiny calcium oxalate crystals produce results on the skin and mouth, when ingested, similar to the irritation ground glass would produce. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/arboricola-poisonous-81607.html
Many popular houseplants are toxic if eaten. Care should be taken to keep young children and pets away from them.
Schefflera Care Indoors Final Thoughts
Overall, Schefflera care indoors is relatively easy as long as you provide the plant with the proper conditions. To sum up:
• Schefflera prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light levels.
• Schefflera should be watered when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
• Schefflera should be allowed to dry out between waterings
• They prefer high humidity levels.
• Fertilize monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer.
Schefflera plants can make beautiful additions to any home and are generally quite hardy.
So if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant to add to your indoor jungle, a Schefflera might be a perfect choice!