Under my Umbrella, -ella, -ella, -ella
Umbrella trees, also known as Schefflera, are a popular houseplant that are native to Taiwan and Hainan. They are known for their distinctive umbrella-shaped leaves that grow on long stems, making them a striking addition to any room. Umbrella trees are relatively easy to care for and can grow up to 8 feet tall indoors with proper care. They prefer bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, and should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry. While umbrella trees are generally low-maintenance, they can be prone to spider mites, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of infestation. With proper care, umbrella trees can live for many years and add some greenery and personality to your home.
Caring for your Umbrella Tree
Caring for the Umbrella Tree is an easy task, but it has a few requirements to help it grow healthily.
Ideally, you should provide your Schefflera plant with a medium amount of light. Keep your plant close to a window that allows an adequate amount of light. A north-facing window works for sunny regions, while others may need to clear up the space near an east or south-facing window.
Low light conditions are tolerable, but they might affect the rate of your plant’s growth. On the other hand, direct high light might burn the leaves. Keep rotating your plant, or its shape will lean towards the light source.
You shouldn’t give houseplants too much water, and the same applies to the umbrella plant. Too much moisture can lead to leaf spotting and root rotting. It is best to water your plant once every seven days if you live in a hot climate region. Cooler weathers may require rarer watering.
The good thing about Schefflera is that it can thrive in all kinds of soils, such as sand, loam, and clay. It requires normal drainage so that the soil remains moist but not soggy.
Outdoor or indoor, you will need to feed your umbrella tree every month. You can use any all-purpose but balanced houseplant fertilizer. You can also go for a time-release fertilizer formula if you wish.
Pests and Diseases
Scales can feed on your plant, causing elongated damage. So, you might want to use a pesticide on your Schefflera plant to avoid pest attacks. Speaking of plant diseases, it can often suffer from bacterial or fungal infections such as Pseudomonas and Alternaria. These can result in leaf dropping and leaf fallout, respectively.
The Schefflera Amate plant is capable of growing up to 50 feet tall in its wild native locations. But you can prune it regularly to reduce its size, making it suitable for indoor situations and even outdoor ones like porches and gardens. You will need to set a pruning schedule if you don’t want the tree to take up too much space in your home.
It is easy to propagate the umbrella tree through stem cuttings. You only need to make adequately-sized cuttings and plant them in a pot with moist soil. While you can also use the air layering method, it can be quite a hassle.
The best time to pot or repot your Schefflera plant is during spring or summers, but early fall might also work for warmer regions. Repotting usually depends on the rate of your plant’s growth rate, so keep an eye for outgrowing.
Barbara P. (verified owner) –
I am extremely pleased with my sheffaleria. It’s a beautiful plant. The size and quality is exactly as shown when ordered. Shipping was quick and package was in perfect condition. I will definitely order again and recommend to others.
Pat L. (verified owner) –
Excellent, healthy, beautiful
jesse (verified owner) –
The plant arrived in beautiful shape, packed very well, and looks fantastic!
Jessica S. (verified owner) –
Beautiful and big!!!
I have Umbrella plant that has 3 stalks & grew 6 ft. always had in big planter.Had it outside for about 3 years. Well we had a freeze when I wasnt home. All the leaves turned color & fell off. Now I only have the stalks that looks like bamboo.What should I do to try to save it.Could anything be done to the stalk ? Like peeling at the places that leaves grows ? Thanks for any help.
Laura Champagne (verified owner) –
I am so impressed with the packing and instructions on unpacking and every step since we got the most beautiful plant. It is in our bay window in our kitchen and can see the sky perfectly. Thank you for all your concern and detail to everything. Laura Champagne
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Deborah Dunacusky (verified owner) –
Our plant came looking awesome . My daughter-in-law was so thrilled with it and that makes me feel good
Richard Marshall (verified owner) –
Plant arrived timely, packed well and safe. After cutting the base of cardboard (not easy for a 72-year old), I removed all packing carefully, gave it a nice drink, and it’s been loving its new home I believe. I’ll leave it in pot it shipped in for about 11 days. And I’ll endeavor not to overwater it!
Rebeca (verified owner) –
Beautiful plant! Healthy all around
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jOSEPH mIRIZIO (verified owner) –
Absolutely Stunning. I have been searching for this Schefflera amate for a long time. Arrived quickly in pristine condition. My Mary is very impressed.Great service, phenominal selections. Large pots are the ticket.
Linda (verified owner) –
lovely plant super gorgeous and resilient
Aubrie Marrin (verified owner) –
What kind of window would provide the best light for this plant, east, west, north?
Mark S. (verified owner) –
Plant delivered in excellent condition! Thank you very much!
Emily (verified owner) –
I have bought many plants from PlantVine and they never disappoint. This Shefflera was no different. Arrived quickly, big and healthy and beautiful.
jason whalen (verified owner) –
Plant was very well wrapped, and packaged. looked exactly like it did in the in the picture. I’ll be ordering for this place again for sure! Im very happy!
Florencia Johnson (verified owner) –
My plant got to me very healthy, so beautiful I never thought that my plant was going to be so great looking
Jarvis H. (verified owner) –
BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTYH
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Pat M. (verified owner) –
This plant is the healthiest plant that I’ve ever ordered online. It was carefully packed and arrived healthy and beautiful.
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Larry S. (verified owner) –
Arrived in excellent condition and enjoying its new home! Very healthy and beautiful.
carmen s. (verified owner) –
Very heathy plant. Packed well
Jill (verified owner) –
Terrific set up! They’ve anticipated and addressed every concern you might have about online plant purchase and shipping.
Very pleased with my schefflera. Definitely will use them again.
Mother and plant doing fine, BTW!
Karen J. (verified owner) –
Wayne Mcdonald (verified owner) –
The plant is beautiful. When it arrived it had some droopy leaves on top but after water and a few day recovery, it is
Simply great. Thank you very much.
Judith Senft (verified owner) –
First time buyer but certainly not the last! Both plants we ordered came perfectly packed and are larger than we expected. They are the healthiest we have seen. We have been looking for a Schefflera for several years and Plant Vines is by far the best we could hope for.
Halley (verified owner) –
arrived super healthy
Joe S. (verified owner) –
Product came exactly as described. Customer service went above and beyond to ensure I received it quickly and and safely due to the fact that I’m in Connecticut and it’s winter.