Schefflera is a green plant with short, slender, lustrous leaves dispersed in small groups. The originality of its foliage, its robustness and its ease of maintenance make it one of the most common belonging plants.
- Family: Araliaceae
- Type: Shrub
- Origin: Australia, Central America, China, India, Japan
- Flower color: red
- Exposure: dim light
- Flowering : summer
- Soil: potting soil
- Height: up to 3 meters in pot
Location and temperature:
The ideal temperature for schefflera is between 16 and 22°C (61 and 72°F). Thus, the temperature of a house or apartment is ideal for its growth. If the temperature drops below 13°C (55°F), the plant’s growth will slow down and it may lose its leaves. It should never be subjected to temperatures below 10°C (50°F). Of tropical origin, the schefflera particularly likes bright light, but direct sunlight can burn its leaves. Not afraid of drafts, it can easily find its place near a window, but should not be in too dry an environment since it loves moisture.
During the summer and spring, the watering of the schefflera is done regularly, but moderately. The ideal is to water when the soil is dry on the surface. When the soil dries, do not wait too long before watering, especially during high temperatures since the plant may suffer. In winter, wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again. Preferably, watering the schefflera with water at room temperature earlier than water that is too cold. The temperature difference could induce significant stress for the plant. If the leaves turn yellow and become softer, be sure to improve the drainage of your plant’s soil.
Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more repotting is needed. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. Then it depends on the size of the shrub. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.