Dwarf Schefflera- Schefflera Arboricola
Dwarf Schefflera is the smallest of the indoor houseplants commonly called schefflera. Like it’s larger brother, brassaia actinophylla, leaves formed by groupings of 3 to 10 oval, pointed leaflets radiating from the end of a stem are characteristic of schefflera. It is also know as schefflera arboricola.
The foliage of the original dwarf schefflera was green, but, on new varieties such as Gold Capella, Trinette, and Dazzle, the leaves are variegated with gold, yellow and cream.
Dwarf Schefflera enjoy the bright, indirect light near a south, west or east window. The direct sunlight through a south window will
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This plant is tolerant of a range of temperatures and does well in normal household temperatures.
Schefflera arboricola needs well drained soil as it’s roots don’t like to be kept wet. Allow the soil to dry between waterings, then water thoroughly until the water comes out of the bottom of the pot. Discard the excess water. If the plant is allowed to stand in the excess water, it will cause leaf drop.
Although it will tolerate low humidity, dwarf schefflera will enjoy a misting now and then.
Use a balance fertilizer at 1/2 strength once a month from March to October.
Schefflera arboricola can be propagated from seeds or air layering. Semi-ripe cuttings can be rooted during the summer by applying heat from below.
Dwarf schefflera are susceptible to pests including spider mites, scale insects, thrips and mealy bugs. Spider mites are the most common. Spraying your schefflera once a week with a mist of soapy water will help control this problem.
Dwarf schefflera will grow to a height of 5 ft. indoors, but can be kept smaller by pruning. Pinching off the ends of young stems will cause the plant to become bushier.
The leaves tend to collect dust, so keep them clean to improve the health of the plant and it’s effectivness at improving indoor air quality.
The best location for a schefflera arboricola is a bright room. It’s leaf structure adds a unique element to the room’s decor.
Dwarf schefflera can be grown successfully as a bonsai plant.