Schefflera plant (Dwarf Umbrella Plant) is a beautiful flowering plant from the Araliaceae family. Plants grow in different criteria including trees, shrubs, and lianas. Being a medium to low light plant, Schefflera does extremely well while grown indoors.
Its unique-looking foliage gives an eye-treat while placed in a room. Schefflera plant is also known as an umbrella plant. Let’s learn a few growing hacks of this beautiful plant to get the best thriving form off an indoor Schefflera plant effortlessly-
Why Is My Schefflera Losing Leaves?
Schefflera plants come in varieties of forms like a tree, dwarf tree, vines, shrub, etc. No matter you are growing which species or which form of Schefflera, each category faces some common problems. Losing or drooping leaves are one of them.
This umbrella tree is mostly gets appreciated as an attractive houseplant due to its colorful variegated foliage. So, losing leaves would never be considered for any Schefflera plant holder. You wouldn’t allow losing the beauty of this plant through dropping leaves, isn’t it? Hereafter, we came up with some possible causes of this issue along with their solution ideas in this regard-
- Unhealthy roots due to improper watering
- Insufficient light or no light at all for long
- Salt buildup in roots and stems due to excessive fertilization
- Due to cold or frost damages
- Sudden shocks for several repotting processes
- Unsuitable climate like high humidity, heavy draft, etc.
- Poor drainage system with clay-based soil
- Untreated pests and bugs for long
- And natural aging or seasonal changes
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- Umbrella tree always prefers a semi-dry growing medium to thrive. So, stop overwatering it, and water the plant only the soil turns dry
- A Schefflera plant needs the proper amount of light like a medium bright light through indirect sunlight. If you provide your plant direct scorching light or no light at all, this would happen soon
- Don’t feed your plant unnecessarily, try to fertilize only once a month with any liquid fertilizer
- Stop placing your plant any place where the temperature is lower than 50 degrees F
- Do not replant your plant often, unless it seems necessary
- Stop placing your Schefflera plants in a high humid place or near the draft for long
- Make sure you use loose, sand-based, and well-drained soil for the plantation for the better drainage system
- Treat the troubleshoot issues like pests and bugs in time with natural remedies, before the turn fetal
- And accept the phrase of the loose-leaves problem when it occurs for season changes or aging process of the plant. This will be gone after a certain period and initiate new foliage naturally.
How to Propagate Schefflera?
A Schefflera plant mostly grows from seeds, as it is not easy to propagate it through stem cutting. However, you can do the job smoothly by following these simple propagation methods-
Propagation in Soil:
- Find a leaf nod from your parent Schefflera plant and cut out 4-6 inches apart from it
- Try to cut the tip using a fully sterilized cutter or pruner
- Pluck the bottom leaves and keep only 2-3 leaves on the top of the cutting
- Cover the cutting in a paper towel and keep it in a cool place for some times
- Then bring a planter prepared with houseplant potting soil amend with vermiculite
- Poke a small hole into the soil surface and place the cutting into that hole
- Secure the base by patting the soil tightly and watering it with a sprayer
- Place the planter in a spot with moderately warm condition with indirect light
- You can cover the cutting with a plastic cover to provide the high humid climate
- The cutting will sprout within 4-5 weeks with fresh new shots
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Propagation in Water:
- After getting the stem cut, place it in a glass of distilled water
- Make sure the end of that cutting is properly submerged into the water
- Place the glass in a cool shady area of your house for a couple of days
- Keep changing the water every 5-6 days and don’t allow provide bright light there
- You will find that new roots develop from the bottom within 7-10 days
- Wait till the roots reach a bit longer form and then, plant them in a soil medium directly.
How to Care For Schefflera:
- Chose sand-based and loamy type slightly acidic soil that can drain well
- A Schefflera is moderately thirsty, so, water your plant once a week and let the soil dry between watering
- This wonderful houseplant thrives well when feed once a month with a balanced liquid fertilizer in a 20-20-20 NPK ratio
- Try to keep your plant at a temperature between 65 to 90 degrees F with low-medium humidity to provide the best growing climate
- Don’t let the temperature let drop below 35 degrees F or more than 115 degrees F to keep your plant safe from temperature damages
- Maintain the soil moderately rich and moist to keep the roots vigorous
- Safe the planter from drafts and place in a hardiness zone between 10-11
- Prune your plant rarely, only when any damaged part appears or plant turns bushier
- And try to repot your plant once every two years to keep it safe from unnecessary transplant shocks.
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Are Schefflera Plants Poisonous to Cats?
Schefflera plants are mildly toxic to mammals and house pets including cats. That’s why even though how exotic an umbrella tree or StarLeaf plant can resemble, many gardeners avoid this plant due to the safety of their loving pets.
Why is it Toxic?
This plant contains toxic elements from roots to leaves. Its idioblasts cells are the one that causes such poisonous reactions to an animal body. The non-living substance found in this cell mostly makes it venomous.
These cells are filled with bunches of needle-like crystal calcium oxalate properties. These properties are packed with gelatinous as well as oxalic acid. This acid can be fatal sometimes when consumed in a higher amount.
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- Digestive issues
- Renal failure
- Intense burning
- Mouth irritation
- And even death
How to Deal with This:
- Encourage your cat to vomit
- Take your pet to the nearest veterinarian hospital right away
- Provide your pet veterinarian treatment immediately
- And try to keep the plant as much away from the reach of your little cat as you can, to avoid such mishaps shortly.