The origin of the Schefflera is Australia. The Schefflera is an easy to care for houseplant. The houseplant requires little maintenance, does like light but can also stand in partial shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Generally, moderate watering, keeping the soil slightly moist in the growing season that runs from March to August, watering less in winter, should be sufficient once every 10 days. This of course depends on the amount of water. You can let the soil dry out a little before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, as this causes root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival there is little water in it, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter rises automatically. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on holiday then you can fill the pot almost half full (you can see this on the meter that is well above its maximum) and you can safely go 3 weeks away. In addition, it is not a problem if the plants do not get too much water too quickly. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is at the bottom, the substrate is still moist, but there is no more water at the bottom of the pot. The plant then has more than enough space for 4 summer days.
Only spray the Schefflera occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent vermin. Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the houseplant.
The Schefflera likes to be in a light place, a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight is sufficient. The more colored Scheffleras such as the trinette or gold capella prefer slightly more light.
The distance to a window on the south for the green species is 3 to 4 meters, with a window on the east or west this is 2 to 3 meters and with a window on the north 1 to 2 meters. The variegated leaf types can be adjusted 1 to 2 meters closer to all windows.
16 ° C during the day
12 ° C at night
Provide the Schefflera with new food once every two months. Use Pokon green plant food for this. Give food only in the spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the package for the correct dosage.
It is best to repaint a Schefflera once every three years in a larger pot. The best period for transplanting is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is spread more and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro granules at the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
If a Schefflera gets discolored (brown or yellow) leaves, this is probably due to a lack of sunlight. Move the houseplant approximately one meter closer to the window. It is often thought that falling leaves are a cause of too little water, this is usually not the case, so do not give extra water because this will actually lead to more leaf fall.
The Schefflera can also be too light, you can see this because a somewhat yellow glow appears on the leaves. In that case, move the indoor plant a meter further from the window.
A Schefflera is a relatively fast grower and is best pruning in the fall. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light and remains more compact The Schefflera will branch off "at every branch where it has been pruned". This gives you a nice full room or office plant. Use a secateurs for this.
The Schefflera is a slightly poisonous plant. The juice of the schefflera can irritate the skin, keep the houseplant away from animals and children.
The schefflera is most bothered by mealybug, this can be caused by drafts on the plant. If possible, place the plant outside or in the shower to spray the inside plant with a powerful jet of water. Possibly after treatment with a biological "or if desired" a chemical pesticide.
The Schefflera is a versatile plant that occurs in many variations.