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Umbrella Plant

Schefflera

Plant Type
Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size
4-6 ft tall, 3-6 ft wide
Sun exposure
Bright, indirect light
Soil Type
Rich, moderately moist
Soil PH
Slightly acidic (6.0-6.5)
Bloom Time
Summer (outdoors)
Flower Color
White, pink, red
Hardiness Zones
10-12 (USDA)
Native Area
Taiwan
Toxicity
Umbrella Plant

Introduction

Schefflera, commonly known as the Umbrella Plant, is an evergreen tropical plant native to southern China and Taiwan. It's identifiable by its shiny green leaves connected by long petioles in a palm-like shape that mimicks an umbrella - hence its nickname!  The Umbrella Plant is easy to care for and makes a beautiful addition to any interior or exterior living space. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and weekly watering when the soil has dried out completely. As with most plants, it's important to provide adequate drainage in order to prevent root rot caused by overwatering. Not only does the Umbrella Plant look visually stunning on your windowsill or porch, but it also helps purify indoor air naturally!

Umbrella Plant Care

Umbrella Plants require bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and regular watering that allows the soil to partially dry out between waterings. They prefer a temperature range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and higher humidity levels. Fertilization should occur during the growing season to encourage new, healthy growth.

Light

Umbrella Plants prefer bright, indirect light for the majority of the day. Although they can adapt to lower light conditions, lack of light can lead to leggy growth and loss of their distinct leaf patterns. Direct sunlight, however, can scorch their leaves.

Soil

These plants require a well-draining potting mix. A general-purpose indoor plant or houseplant mix should be adequate. If you notice that water sits on the top of the soil or takes a long time to drain, you may want to add some perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage.

Water

Umbrella Plants prefer their soil to dry out partially between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top 1-2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is often a killer of Umbrella Plants, so be sure to provide enough water without overdoing it.

Temperature and Humidity

Umbrella Plants enjoy a temperature range similar to what we typically keep our homes - between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden cold drafts and temperature swings can cause stress and leaf drop. They prefer a higher humidity environment, which can be achieved by placing a humidifier nearby, grouping with other plants, or placing the plant on a tray of pebbles filled with water.

Fertilizer

During the growing season, typically from spring through early fall, feed your Umbrella Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks. A balanced fertilizer contains equal parts of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (often referred to as N-P-K), which are essential nutrients for plant growth. Always follow the instructions on the fertilizer's label, as too much can harm the plant. In winter, the plant's dormant period, stop fertilizing.

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