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Aralia Care

Popular houseplants for more than a century, Aralia plants are known for their graceful, long, serrated leaves. They will flourish near a sunny window with bright to moderate indirect light.

How to care for your Aralia

Use these instructions to care for an Aralia. This guide will tell you how to water an Aralia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Aralia Bianca

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LIGHT

Your Aralia Bianca will do best in bright indirect light, but will also tolerate low to medium light conditions.   

WATER

Your Aralia Bianca likes to be kept on the drier side–water when the top 50% of soil has dried out. Watering too much or letting your plant sit in soggy soil can lead to root rot. Though it prefers dryer soil, your Aralia does not like to dry out completely and appreciates a consistent watering schedule.   

HUMIDITY

Your Aralia Bianca will love a boost in humidity from time to time but will tolerate average household humidity. If the air gets too dry in the winter, your plant may start to drop leaves. Increase humidity by misting your plant, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. Another way to increase relative humidity is to group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area, creating a micro-climate.   

TEMPERATURE

Average indoor temperatures are great for your Aralia Bianca–between 60-80 degrees. If exposed to temperatures below 60 degrees, it will quickly start dropping leaves. Keep your Aralia away from cold drafts and windows during the winter for the best results.    

FOOD

Your Aralia Bianca doesn’t require much fertilizer. Fertilize it every other month with a general fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength during the spring and summer months.   

ADDITIONAL CARE

Aralia plants are sensitive to being moved too often–if you have to move it around in your home, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can shock it and cause leaves to drop.

TOXICITY

Aralias are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

See also: Common Issues →

Threadleaf Aralia

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LIGHT

Your Threadleaf Aralia will do best in medium to bright indirect light. They tolerate medium light but will grow faster and fuller in a bright spot.

WATER

Water your Threadleaf Aralia just enough to keep it from wilting. It’s best to let the top inch or so of the soil to dry before watering again. It may be a couple times a week to once every two weeks, depending on the size of your plant and how much light it gets. If in doubt, it is best to keep it on the drier side rather than too wet—always make sure your pot has good drainage.

HUMIDITY

Like other popular indoor plants, your Threadleaf Aralia appreciates humidity. Feel free to mist your plant occasionally to keep it happy.

TEMPERATURE

The Threadleaf Aralia is comfortable at ordinary room temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees. Do not expose it to temperatures below 60 degrees because cold air will damage the foliage.

FOOD

Fertilize your plant every 4-6 weeks during the spring and summer, and once every eight weeks in the fall and winter.

TOXICITY

Relatively low toxicity to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mild mouth and low stomach irritation.

ADDITIONAL CARE

The Threadleaf Aralia does not like to be moved. A sudden change in location will cause leaves to drop off. Make environmental changes gradually, and try not to move the plant in the winter. It also benefits from being repotted every couple of years; spring and summer are best, but you can re-pot an Aralia any time of the year without harming it. When repotting, look for a container that is only a couple of inches wider than the previous pot, Threadleaf Aralias prefer a tight-fitting pot.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's an Aralia?

Botanical Classification: Araliaceae (family)

About

Aralias have been popular houseplants for more than a century. They’re easy to grow and are loved for their alluring foliage–the long, narrow, serrated leaves. 

Your Aralia will flourish near a sunny window where it can receive bright to moderate indirect light. This plant is relatively low-care but will appreciate regular watering and misting.

Fun Fact

The leaves of the Threadleaf Aralia bear a resemblance to the leaves of a plant of the, shall we say, psychoactive variety.

Pictured Left: Threadleaf Aralia
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Don’t be alarmed if your Aralia drops a few leaves while adjusting to its new environment. Aralia plants are sensitive to environment and temperature changes. Give it a few weeks to adjust and it should stop shedding leaves.
- Plant Mom

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