Schefflera Indoor Umbrellas


 Schefflera arboricola, known as the “dwarf umbrella tree,” has small green leaflets attached to stout petioles. Indoors it will have a mature height of 3 to 4 feet.

Schefflera arebold  make good individual plants as indoor specimens in large decorative containers. The palmate leaves have 5 to 9 finger leaves from a central stalk.

Schefflera actinophylla can grow to heights of 8 to 10 feet inside and up to 40 feet outside in very warm climates. As well as being called the ‘octopus plant’ it also shares the common name of umbrella plant. For a 4th name it is sometimes botanically named Brassiaia actinophylla.

Where to Grow Schefflera Indoor Umbrellas

  • To keep the umbrella tree happy reasonable warmth of 15-20 degrees C is best.
  • Through winter the temperature should be at least 10-13 degrees C
  • A lightly shaded location is best. Bi-coloured leaves look best with some sun.
  • Avoid very sunny or dark locations.
  • Use a robust potting mix containing some loam to feed the plant for a number of years. Fertilise in summer during growth.
  • The larger the plant the more water it needs.

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