The origin of the Schefflera is Australia. The Schefflera is an easy to care for houseplant. The houseplant requires little maintenance, likes light but can also stand in partial shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Generally water moderately, keep the soil slightly moist during the growing period from March to August, water less in winter, once every 10 days should suffice. Of course this depends on the amount of water. You can let the soil dry out slightly before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, this will cause root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! Upon arrival there is little water in it, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait) and you will see that the meter will rise by itself. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on holiday, you can fill the pot almost half full (you can see this from the meter that is well above its maximum) and you can safely leave for 3 weeks. In addition, it is also not a problem if the plants do not get water too much and too quickly. The substrate absorbs the water, so when 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 still has enough space for 4 summer days.
Only spray the Schefflera occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent pests. Spraying also improves the quality and ornamental 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. You can move the variegated varieties 1 to 2 meters closer to all windows.
During the day 16 ° C
At night 12 ° C
Provide the Schefflera with new food once every two months. Use Pokon green plant nutrition for this. Feed only in spring or summer. Never give too much as this can lead to burning of the roots. Look on the packaging for the correct dosage.
It is best to transplant a Schefflera into a larger pot once every three years. The best period for repotting is spring or immediately after purchase of the plant. 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 on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert sleeve for large pots.
If a Schefflera gets discolored (brown or yellow) leaves, this is most likely due to a lack of sunlight. Move the houseplant about three feet 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 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, place the indoor plant a meter further from the window.
A Schefflera is a relatively fast grower and is best pruned in the autumn. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light and remains more compact. The Schefflera will branch “at every branch where it is pruned”. This gives you a nice full room or office plant. Use pruning shears 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 suffers the most from mealy bugs, this can be caused by drafts on the plant. If possible, place the plant outside or in the shower to spray this indoor plant clean with a strong jet of water. If necessary, treat with a biological “or if desired” a chemical pesticide.
The Schefflera is a versatile plant that occurs in many variations.