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The Schefflera or also called Strahlenaralie reached in her native Australia and New Guinea the size of a tree several meters in size. In warm areas it is therefore a popular garden plant. But like all plants, the Schefflera needs the right conditions to feel good. The Latin name is "Schefflera arboricola or actinophylla" and it is an Aralia plant. It is characterized by a robust structure and by a rapid growth.
- The Schefflera is a robust plant that can grow very tall
- It is easy to multiply the plant, do not put the cuttings too cool
- Thunderstorms and aphids love the plant
- Location should be bright but no direct sunlight
- Fertilizing during the growing season
- Cutting the plant at the upper part or cutting in the middle shoot
The varieties of the plant known to us have the appearance of a shrub. The leaf form of the plant is pointed oval and the color green or yellow spotted. The plant is often reared on a mossy trunk. The Schefflera wants to have a middle ground from all temperatures. These should not be too warm, not too humid, not too sunny and not too cold. The ideal location is light and partially shaded. A uniform room temperature is important, the plant is in overheated rooms, so it can be attacked by scale insects. If it is too cold or in the drafts, the leaves may fall off.
The watering of the plant should be low, refill only when the soil is dried out. Ideal for this plant, the immersion in water and that until no more air bubbles rise. In the winter, for example, the next casting, it depends on the pot size and conditions, only in several weeks may be necessary. The plant can also stand after a settling in the outdoors, the temperature should not fall below 10° degrees. The plant is not frost hardy and does not feel well at temperatures below 10 degrees, it reacts with leaf debris. The ideal location is where there is an everlasting temperature, with enough light to think about. If you have no place in well-tempered rooms, so the Schefflera likes to cool. The ideal temperature for the plant is between 15 and 18 degrees. The hydroponic culture is very well suited for the Schefflera. Regular spraying with water also loves the plant.
Fertilizing the Schefflera
Fertilize the plant during the growing season from early spring to mid-autumn. With a liquid fertilizer should be fertilized every two to three weeks. During the winter months, the plant needs no fertilization.
Cut and multiply the Schefflera
The leaves of the plant are marbled green or yellow-green. It is appreciated for its beautiful foliage, but it can also be very rare flowers. By cutting in the middle shoot and cutting the lateral shoots, the plant gets a shrubby appearance. For support you can put a bamboo stick in the middle. You can also cut them on the upper part, it gets more leaves at the bottom. It is reissuing in many places. The cut pieces can be rooted in a glass of water. The pruning of the plants is ideal in spring. You should not let the roots get too long, otherwise you risk breaking them when they are stuffed. Another way to multiply the Schefflera is to insert the cuttings directly into the soil and then moisten them slightly. You can also give a plastic bag on the planter and then put in a bright place. The perfect temperature is between 18 and 22° C. If the temperature is low, the cutting will be glad to rot. With appropriate conditions, the roots will show up within three weeks. If the plants are about 10 cm tall, you can start fertilizing with weak fertilizer. If the young roots are visible on the surface, you can repot the plant.
Diseases of the Schefflera
Thunderstorms fly to the young shoots of the plant. After opening the leaves you first see the infestation. Also aphids feel well on the plant. The symptoms of aphid infestation are the curling of the leaves and yellow spots. To prevent the aphids from reproducing, the plant should be isolated and sprayed with a mixture of stinging nettle and weak soapy water. Also chemical pesticides are suitable for controlling the aphid.
The plant is of robust consistency and shows rapid growth. After some settling in, she can be out in the open. Evenly tempered rooms love them, while in overheated or undercooled rooms, the leaves fall off. The propagation of the Schefflera is simple, you can root it in a glass of water or put it in the ground.
- As a location, the Schefflera prefers a bright window seat, but without direct sun. In the penumbra she thrives, but this better only outdoors in the warm summer months.
- After a short period of adjustment, she can spend a few months outdoors. Fertilization takes place every 2 weeks with a green plant fertilizer from April to September.
- In winter, fertilize only every 4 weeks when wintering in a warm room. In a cooler room (at about 15° C) better not fertilize.
- The Schefflera reaches a considerable size over the years. If she just got too big, you can easily cut her back in early spring.
- You do not have to throw away the cut shoots either, they can be used to grow new plants. They roost relatively easily and grow quickly.
- Schefflera is, like many other plants, also with green, or with variegated leaves. In order to preserve the variegation, it is important that the plant is not fertilized too much.