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Plerandra

Previously placed in the Schefflera genus and then Dizygotheca, the Plerandra genus is now home to the False Threadleaf Aralia. A popular houseplant due to its long whispy leaves with serrated edges, the False Aralia is a no-fuss plant. They prefer low to indirect bright light and dry slightly between waterings.

How to care for your Plerandra

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

Plerandra elegantissima ‘Bianca’

LIGHT

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

WATER

Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

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 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°F. 

FOOD

Feed once every other month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

False Threadleaf Aralia is toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

False Threadleaf 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.

Plerandra elegantissima

LIGHT

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

WATER

Water when the top 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Like other popular indoor plants, your Threadleaf Aralia appreciates humidity. Feel free to place a humidifier nearby or use a pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

The Threadleaf Aralia is comfortable in temperatures between 65 and 85°F. 

FOOD

Feed once every other month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

False Threadleaf Aralia plants are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant around, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop.

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What's a Plerandra?

Botanical Classification: Araliaceae (family)

About

Plerandras have been popular houseplants for more than a century. First classified under the Schefflera genus and then Dizygothecam, they now call Plerandras their home. They’re easy to grow and are loved for their alluring foliage–the long, narrow, serrated leaves. 

Plerandras are native to New Caledonia, off the east coast of Australia. Your Plerandra 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: Plerandra elegantissima

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