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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 prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate medium and low light. Too much direct sunlight can burn the foliage.

WATER

Water when 50-75% of the soil volume is dry. Water thoroughly until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the saucer to avoid root rot. 

HUMIDITY

Your plant does fine in average household humidity, but won’t mind added humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Schefflera Amate prefers temperatures between 60-80°F.

FOOD

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

TOXICITY

Schefflera are toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

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 every so often to remove dust accumulation on the leaves and discourage pests. 

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 75% 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 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 50° – 80°F.

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter months when growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

This plant is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Prune your Schefflera regularly to keep it small in size or neatly shaped. Use a clean pair of pruning shears and never remove more than 30% of the plant at a time—any more may shock it. Rotate your plant on a regular basis to promote even, balanced growth.

Variegated Schefflera Arboricola

LIGHT

Your Schefflera prefers bright indirect light. It can also tolerate medium and low light, but growth will slow. Direct sun in the early morning and late afternoon is fine, but avoid exposure to the harsh midday sun which can scorch the leaves.

WATER

Water when 75% of the soil volume is dry. Water slowly, allowing it to soak into the soil, until it flows freely through the drainage hole. Discard any excess water that accumulates in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Schefflera prefers a humid environment. Add a pebble tray or place a humidifier nearby.

TEMPERATURE

This plant prefers temperatures between 50° – 80°F.

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter months when growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

This plant is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Prune your Schefflera regularly to keep it small in size or neatly shaped. Use a clean pair of pruning shears and never remove more than 30% of the plant at a time—any more may shock it. Rotate your plant on a regular basis to promote even, balanced growth.

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What's a Schefflera?

Botanical Classification: Heptapleurum actinophyllum

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

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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