Schefflera Variegated - Plant
Description for Schefflera Variegated
Schefflera species are wonderfully tropical plants. The larger schefflera features long, shiny, oval green leaves that droop gracefully from a central stalk. A mature schefflera might have 12 or 16 leaflets from a single stalk, while an immature schefflera is more likely to have 4 or 6.
Also called the umbrella plant, the schefflera is a popular houseplant because of the beauty of its dark green leaves, which form "fingers" in a circle. The designs formed on floors and walls in the sunlight lends a pleasing look to a room. Caring for a schefflera is quite simple, and the plant will grow for many years.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|umbrella plant||-||-||2 to 5 ft.||easy|
Planting and care
In the right conditions, schefflera can be propagated with leaf cuttings. Use a rooting hormone and provide lots of humidity and warmth. Expect a high failure rate, however, as these are tropical plants. They can also be propagated by air-layering.
|Full sun, Partial sun,||Loamy soil, Sandy soil,||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season||They suffer below about 60ÂºF. Do not expose to drafts or dry heating vents.||Feed twice weekly during growing season with liquid fertilizer or use two applications of slow-release pellets. They are heavy feeders.|
Caring for Schefflera Variegated
- An underwatered, cold schefflera will begin to drop leaves quickly, so take leaf-drop seriously and move to correct the problem.
- If you lose all the leaves, but you want to save the plant, move it
- outside in the spring, give it lots of water, and it should leaf back out.
- The most common of these are spider mites which can be avoided by spraying your Schefflera plant once weekly with a mist of soapy water.
- Increase to twice daily if spider mites occur or consult your local garden center for insecticidal soaps and other options.
Typical uses of Schefflera Variegated
Ornamental use: Schefflera is commonly grown in mild to warm climates as a decorative tree in larger gardens.