Shefflera is a foliage house-plant with climbing habit all year round.
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Keep moist, water 2-3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter.
Feed monthly with all purpose fertilizer at half strength from Spring to Autumn.
Young plants need re-potting 2 times a year. Older plants once a year.
Sow seeds in a heated propagator in peaty compost, or by root cuttings made from shoot tips. These also need a heated propagator.
Sheffleras will tolerate a slightly shaded position, but they do better if standing in good indirect light, with some morning sun. There is a variegated form which needs good light to retain its colouring.
Cut back the stems each Spring to obtain a fuller plant.
Sheffleras grow very fast. If the temperature falls, the leaves often drop although they grow again rapidly. Always protect it from draughts and provide a stake to ensure it grows vertical.
Sheffleras are best displayed on floor, in lounge, dining room or office.
Spray twice a week all year round. In dry heated room, stand pot on saucer of wet pebbles.
Loam-based or peat-based compost.
Specimen plants which need a warmer climate zone than you have do well in sheltered, south-facing walls. The wall acts as a solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a small zone that is warmer than the rest of the garden.