The origin of the Schefflera is Australia. The Schefflera is an easy to care room plant. The living plant needs little maintenance, it does hold light, but can also be in half shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Generally, moderate watering, in the growing period running from March to August, keep the soil slightly moist, giving water to less water, once every 10 days should suffice. Of course this depends on the amount of water. You can allow the soil to dry out before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, causing root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) from a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival, there is little water, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait) and you will see that the meter goes up automatically. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on vacation, you can fill the pot almost half full (this is what you see at the meter that ends up above its maximum) and you can rest 3 weeks away. In addition, it does not matter if the plants do not get too much and get water too fast. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is underneath the substrate is still moist, but there is no water left underneath the pot. The plant still has enough space for 4 summer days.
Only spray the Schefflera occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent pests. Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the room plant.
The Schefflera is happy to seat in a light spot, with a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight. The more colored Schefflera 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 to the east or west this is 2 to 3 meters and at a window to the north 1 to 2 meters. The variegated species can be placed 1 to 2 meters closer to all windows.
During the day 16 ° C
at night 12 ° C
The Schefflera once again provided for new food in the two months. Use Green Green Vegetable Nutrition. Feeding only in spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Look at the package for the correct dose.
A Schefflera is best suited to sprinkle into a bigger pot in three years. The best period for overprotection is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil which makes the water more dispersed and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro grains on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use plastic insethoes with large pots.
If a Schefflera gets discolored (brown or yellow) leaves, this is most likely due to a lack of sunlight. Place the room plant about a meter closer to the window. Often it is thought that the falling leaf is caused by too little water, this is usually not the case, so do not give extra water as this will lead to more leaf drop.
The Schefflera can also be too light, this can be seen by appearing a little yellow glow on the leaves. In that case, set the inner plant a meter further from the window.
A Schefflera is a relatively fast growing and you can prune it in the autumn. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light and stays more compact. The Schefflera will branch "at every branch where it is pruned". This gives you a beautiful full room or office plant. Use a pruning shear for this.
The Schefflera is a slightly poisonous plant. The juice of the schefflera can irritate the skin, keep the room plant away from animals and children.
The schefflera is most affected by wolluis, which can be caused by a trip on the plant. If possible, put the plant outside or in the shower to spray this intake 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.