Dwarf Umbrella Tree- Schefflera actinophylla

Dwarf Umbrella Tree- Schefflera actinophylla

Schefflera actinophylla features large long, shiny, leaves that droop gracefully from central stalks with leaflets that resemble an umbrella. You guessed it, this is how it got its common name ‘umbrella tree’ and makes it a fun addition to any home! As an indoor plant, the dwarf umbrella tree can live in low to indirect bright light and best to keep the glossy leaves looking their best by dusting regularly.

Sunlight

Bright, indirect light.

Water

Water regularly, thoroughly soaking the soil and allowing the soil to dry out correctly in between waterings.

Humidity

Fairly high tropical humidity.

Soil

Good quality well-draining potting soil.

Common Problems

Humidity around the plant can lead to powdery mildew or mealybugs. A spritz of neem oil can help to control pests.

Symptom

Yellow and dropped leaves

Cause

Overwatered

Symptom

Brown and crispy leaves

Cause

Under-watered, low humidity

Precautions

The umbrella tree is mildly toxic when ingested by cats or dogs and causes them to become unwell. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation.

 

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  • 1. Drainage

    Place a single layer of drainage screen directly over the drain hole.

  • 2. Pot setup

    Once you have chosen the location for your pots, place four pot feet on the ground and position the pot on top.

  • 3. Potting mix

    Cover the piece of drainage screen with a good quality potting mix and fill the pot to the desired level and gently compact in layers.

  • 4. Plant it

    Carefully remove the plant from its nursery pot. Put the plant in your prepared garden pot, ensuring the potting mix soil sits at the same level as the soil in the nursery pot.

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