Canopy Plant of the month: The Schefflera Arboricola

Canopy Plant of the month: The Schefflera Arboricola

Why we love the Schefflera Arboricola

We’ll say it loud and we’ll say it proud, we love the Schefflera Arboricola. Did someone say triple threat? This beauty is fast-growing, easy to care for and boasts beautifully variegated leaves. Native to Taiwan, it belongs to the Araliaceae family and calls the Schefflera Actinophylla it’s sister. Known for its clusters of bright, shiny green leaves it goes by the nickname Dwarf Umbrella Plant, we’ve got it from an inside source* that it is Rhianna’s favourite houseplant.

Grab yourself a Dwarf Umbrella...ella...ella...ella Plant today and brighten up your favourite room with this fun-loving fauna. Read on to find out how to care for your Schefflera Arboricola.

*We can’t remember who the source is, so don’t ask us.


How to care for the Schefflera Arboricola


Keep it light, baby. These guys like a lot of sunshine so a bright space will work best. Keep its joyful leaves out of direct sunshine to avoid scorching and it will love you for all of its days. If your Schefflera Arboricola is looking a little unkempt with straggling stems aka leggy, it usually means it needs more light so move your pot to a brighter place.


Pop a handful of gravel at the bottom of your put to improve drainage of your plant. This plant works wonderfully as an indoor houseplant in rich, loose compost, but if you fancy its chances outdoors avoid areas of the garden that are prone to becoming waterlogged.


Spray your Dwarf Umbrella Plant frequently with water and your love. Water from the bottom and avoid the roots sitting in moisture for a long time. Check the soil has nearly entirely dried out before giving it a soak. During growing seasons a weekly water will suffice. As with all our green friends, overwatering is the nemesis here. If the lower leaves start turning yellow, this is your sign to put down the watering can and take a long hard look in the mirror.

Temperature & Humidity

The Schefflera Arboricola (say it again sister!) is a tropical babe so be wary of the cold. Do not place it in draughts or cooler areas of the home, i.e next to a door. If your plant becomes too cold it will start dropping leaves like nobody's business so keep an eye and act quick to move it to a warmer spot.


Common Problems

The common problems of growth for the Dwarf Umbrella are easy to spot and simple to remedy as long as you act quickly. Leaves dropping or yellowing of the leaves typically means overwatering so avoid this like the plague - water once the soil is almost completely dry. Dry or crispy leaves usually mean the sunlight is too direct so keep move it to a slightly shadier spot.

If you follow all of the above advice you will learn how to care for your Schefflera Arboricola and you will become a better person.

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