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 be in partial shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Generally moderate watering, keeping the soil slightly moist in the growing period from March to August, watering less in the winter, once every 10 days should suffice. Of course this depends on the amount of water. You can let the soil dry out a bit 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! On arrival there is little water in it, slowly fill the pot with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter automatically rises. 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 on the meter, which is then slightly above its maximum) and you can safely leave for 3 weeks. In addition, it is not a problem if the plants are not watered too much and 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 water at the bottom of the pot. The plant still has enough space for 4 summer days.
Spray the Schefflera only occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent vermin. Spraying also promotes the quality and ornamental value of the houseplant.
The Schefflera likes to be in a bright place, a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight is sufficient. The more colored Scheffleras like the trinette or gold capella prefer slightly more light.
The distance to a south-facing window 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 varieties can be moved 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 food for this. Feed only in spring or summer. Never give too much, this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the packaging for the correct dosage.
It is best to transfer a Schefflera once every three years to a larger pot. The best period for transplanting is spring or immediately after purchasing 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 cover for large pots.
If a Schefflera gets discolored (brown or yellow) leaves, it is most likely due to a lack of sunlight. Place the houseplant about a 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 bright, you can see this because a somewhat yellow glow appears on the leaves. In that case, place the indoor plant a meter away from the window.
A Schefflera is a relatively fast grower and is best pruned in the fall. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light and remains more compact. The Schefflera will branch “with every branch where it has been 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 is most affected by mealybug, this can be caused by drafts on the plant. If possible, put the plant outside or in the shower to spray this indoor plant with a powerful jet of water. Possibly aftertreatment with a biological “or if desired” a chemical pesticide.
The Schefflera is a versatile plant that comes in many variations.