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Umbrella Plant on Lava Rock

Schefflera arboricola

("SHEF-ler-ah ar-bor-IK-oh-lah")

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The Umbrella Plant, also known as Schefflera arboricola, is an easy-care houseplant that adds a unique touch to your indoor plant collection and typically grows up to 40cm on a lava rock.

Schefflera arboricola is a small shrubby plant originating from Eastern China and Taiwan.  It is an erect, well-branched shrub or tree with palmate, glossy foliage.  A “parasol” of seven or more leaflets radiates from each leaf stalk.  The plant can either be free-standing , or grow as an epiphyte or lithophyte - starting life in the branches of another tree or in a rock crevice. In those conditions, the plan will produce aerial roots that will grip to its support and head to the ground, where they will then produce conventional roots. This habit makes them ideal to grow on small lava rocks where they can grow into unusual houseplant displays.

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Pets & Children

The foliage contains tiny crystals of calcium oxalate, which cause irritation to the mouth and throat in people and much more severe symptoms in pets

Height

30-40cm. Mature plants can grow as much as 2.5m. Houseplants are much smaller (up to 1.5m) and those grown on lava rock are typically 20cm - 40cm

Country of Origin

Taiwan and Hainan province of China

Habitat Conditions

A subtropical species from the forests of east Asia. It can tolerate quite low humidity and temperatures as low as 12C

Plant Care

Light

Medium-low - medium-high. Avoid direct sunlight and sudden changes in light conditions

Watering

The growing medium should be kept moist at all times. Mist the foliage with tepid water and keep the lava rock substrate damp

Pruning

The growing tip can be removed to encourage branching lower down the plant to create a more bushy habit

Feeding

A little dilute fertilizer added to the water at every watering is beneficial

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but occasional scale insects and mealybugs might be found. Mealybugs will tend to congregate around the growing points (where there is lots of sap), so they can be removed by cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel, or by cutting of the affected part of the plant (which will cause lower buds to break and branches to form). Scale insects can be removed by rubbing them off with a blunt tool such as a wooden lolly stick
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