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Schefflera Care

The Schefflera is an incredibly easy-going houseplant. The clusters of broad leaves cascade from its branches, filling any space with gorgeous green.

How to care for your Schefflera

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

Schefflera Amate

LIGHT

Your Schefflera Amate prefers bright indirect light, but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Rotate your plant around once a month–as it grows it leans towards the light. This will keep it looking full and even.

WATER

Water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil 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 Schefflera prefers a humid environment. Boost humidity by misting often, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Schefflera Amate prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees, as this could shock the plant and lead to leaf damage. 

FOOD

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

TOXICITY

This plant is toxic to humans and pets. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting your plant to be safe. If ingested, it can cause mouth and digestive irritation. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you want to keep your Schefflera small in size or a specific shape, feel free to prune it at any time with sharp, clean shears. Be sure not to trim more than 30% of the plant, as any more may shock your Schefflera. Wipe the foliage down with a damp cloth every so often to remove dust accumulation on the leaves.

Schefflera Arboricola

LIGHT

Your Schefflera Arboricola prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Rotate your plant a half-turn once a month. As it grows, it leans towards the light, so this will keep it looking full and even.

WATER

Water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil 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 Schefflera prefers a humid environment. Boost humidity by misting often, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

 This plant prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees, as this could shock the plant and damage the foliage. 

FOOD

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

TOXICITY

This plant is toxic to humans and pets. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting your plant to be safe. If ingested, it can cause mouth and digestive irritation.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you want to keep your Schefflera Arboricola small in size or a specific shape, feel free to prune it at any time with sharp, clean shears. Be sure not to trim more than 30% of the plant, as any more may shock your Schefflera. Wipe the foliage down with a damp cloth every so often to remove dust accumulation on the leaves. 

Variegated Schefflera Arboricola

LIGHT

Your schefflera prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Rotate your plant a quarter turn once a month. This will help it grow evenly and upright as it grows it leans towards the light. This will keep it looking full and even.

WATER

Water your schefflera thoroughly when the top 75% of soil is dry. Allow the water to run out of the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot, discarding any water that flows into the saucer. Your schefflera is a very hardy plant and doesn’t mind if you occasionally wait too long between waterings.

HUMIDITY

Your schefflera will do great in average household humidity but will benefit from any added humidity you can give it. Boost humidity by misting often, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

This plant prefers temperatures between 60-80°F. Avoid temperatures below 50°F, as this could shock the plant and damage the foliage.

FOOD

Feed your plant once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

This plant is toxic to humans and pets. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting your plant to be safe. If ingested, it can cause mouth and digestive irritation.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you want to keep your schefflera small in size or a specific shape, feel free to prune it at any time with sharp, clean shears. Be sure not to trim more than 30% of the plant — any more may shock your schefflera. Wipe the foliage down with a damp cloth every so often to remove dust accumulation on the leaves.

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What's a Schefflera?

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ABOUT

Schefflera is a lively and lush houseplant that features leaves that form a pattern that looks like an umbrella. This gives it its common name ‘Umbrella Tree’ and makes it a fun addition to any home. It makes for a great houseplant as it is very tolerant of indoor conditions. 

Schefflera is native to Australia, as well as New Guinea. It loves bright indirect light and higher humidity but will do well in almost any environment. It can grow 6 feet tall indoors given the right conditions.

Fun Fact

This plant produces flowers in the wild, but indoors, Scheffleras rarely bloom!

Pictured Left: Schefflera Arboricola
plant mom
Don’t be alarmed if your Schefflera drops a few leaves upon arriving at your home. Your plant is simply adjusting to its new environment and will acclimate in no time!
- Plant Mom

Schefflera Arboricola

With dramatic, umbrella-shaped leaf formations and braided trunk, the Schefflera Arboricola is a no-fuss tree that's nearly 4 feet tall. Perfect for cozy reading nooks and small spaces where it can receive bright, indirect light.
Very easy, great for beginners., Low to bright indirect light
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