The Polyscias, also known as Aralia, occurs naturally on islands in the Pacific Ocean. A Polyscias is a characteristic tree that likes to stand in a shady place and needs little water. Polyscias literally means "a lot of shade" in Greek. This houseplant has the property that leaves grow over the entire branch. Leaves of a Polyscias are green, white or yellow and have a round or heart-shaped appearance. This houseplant is highly recommended for the dark spot in your room or office.
The Polyscias may be kept slightly moist, but like many green house plants, the Polyscias does not like wet feet. It is better to give a little more water a little more often than a lot at once.
It is important to keep an eye on the land "after purchase". Occasionally put your finger in the ground to feel how quickly the ground dries up. The amount of water used depends on the size of the plants and the location. The quicker dry, the more water.
The Polyscias prefers rainwater to tap water. There is often too much lime in tap water so that the leaves can turn white.
Your Polyscias houseplant likes to be sprayed very regularly. On the one hand to keep the decorative value high and on the other hand spraying works preventively against diseases. The dust is also removed from the leaf so that the leaves can catch better light.
The Polyscias feels at home in a shady place. The houseplant does not like direct sunlight. Do not place the plant near the heating or convector well, because of the air that is too dry.
After purchase, find a suitable place for your plant and prefer not to relocate it. The polyscias does not like changes.
The best place to put the plant down is:
3 to 4 meters south side
2 to 3 meters east or west side
0 to 1 meter north side
Preferably prune the houseplant every year, this way it retains its compact shape. Pruning is best done in the spring or in the summer.
Use Pokon green plant food. Read the instructions on the package. Like most plants, it is not necessary to feed the Polyscias in the fall or winter. The houseplant is then at rest.
If a leaf falls off the Polyscias, this is no reason to panic. If, however, many leaves fall off, then you should take another critical look at the location. The air around the plant will then be too dry, indicating heating or a convector well in the area. Find another place!
Also, with too dry air, brown edges may appear on the leaves.
Illness / vermin
Again due to dry air, your Polyscias is susceptible to spider mite, shield or aphid. Minimize this chance by spraying regularly. Spider mite can be removed by a hard jet of water. For shield and aphids it is advised to use a pesticide as soon as possible.
The Polyscias Balfourii is a whimsical and artistic houseplant.