Schefflera

Schefflera spp.

Umbrella Plant, Sambreelplant (Afr.)

profile iconSchefflera arboricola, vrugte, a, Pretoria
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profile iconSchefflera arboricola, vrugte, a, Pretoria
by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Typically grown for their attractive foliage, the Schefflera genus consists of trees, shrubs or liana species with palmately divided foliage. Several species are commonly cultivated in pots as houseplants. Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree) and Schefflera arboricola (Dwarf Umbrella Tree) are most common. This genus can also be grown outdoors in areas with no frost or where protected against frost in sheltered positions. Many cultivars with attractive foliage variations including variegation and purple colouring have been developed.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

Layering

Air layering can be done in spring.

Seed

Sow seeds in spring.

Special features

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Provide well-draining potting medium. When watering, wait until the soil in the pot dries out and then thoroughly soak the soil when you water.

Special features

Origin

South East Asia, Pacific Islands, Cnetral and South America

Natural climate

Tropical, sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araliaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Spider mites and mealybugs are the most common pests affecting Schefflera. For light infestation, wash the plant with water and soap.. With heavier infestations, you may need to treat the plant with an insecticide. Pest attacks generally indicate stressed plants – if pests are present, pay attention to the location of the plant in terms of light and the watering regime. The most common disease that affects Schefflera is root rot, a disease brought on by overwatering and poor drainage in the soil.
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