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Aralia Care

Popular houseplants for more than a century, Aralias are known for their fanning foliage and easy-going nature. Their native habitats range from Asia and the Americas, mostly in mountain woodlands. They prefer indirect light, but can tolerate lower lighting.

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 Fabian


Your Aralia prefers indirect bright light, and can adjust to lower light. Too much direct light will scorch the leaves, but too little light will cause slow growth and yellow leaves. Rotate your plant monthly to keep growth even. If you are worried you don’t have enough light in your home, try adding a grow light.


Water your Aralia when the soil volume is 50% dry. Always check the soil moisture before watering. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water in the saucer.


Your Aralia prefers a humid environment. Place under a pebble tray or have a humidifier nearby.


Your Aralia is most comfortable in temperatures between 65-80°F.


Feed once a month in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves with a general-purpose fertilizer at half strength. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.


Aralias are considered toxic to humans and pets if ingested.


Try not to move your Aralia very often, since they prefer a consistent environment. If you do need to relocate it, you may see a bit of leaf drop. Not to worry—it will adjust. Prune any discolored leaves as they age with sharp snips. s.

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What's an Aralia?

Botanical Classification: Polyscias scutellaria


The Aralia genus is made up of over 60 species. Mainly found in the wooded mountain of Asia and the Americas, Aralias have been popular houseplants for over a century. Their woody stems and fanning leaves have made them popular in the bonsai community. They can live in a variety of lighting conditions and are generally easygoing as far as maintenance.

Fun Fact

Aralias are part of the Polyscias family translates to ‘lots of shade’ in Greek due to their tall stature and wide leaves.

Pictured Left: Aralia Fabian

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