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Umbrella tree

English Name

Shefflera

Scientific Name

Description

Shefflera is a foliage house-plant with climbing habit all year round.

Araliaceae

Family

55°F - 81°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 73°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

20 days - 30 days

Germination Period

Maximum: 10'

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 2'

Spacing (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Keep moist, water 2-3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter.

Feeding

Feed monthly with all purpose fertilizer at half strength from Spring to Autumn.

Repotting

Young plants need re-potting 2 times a year. Older plants once a year.

Propagation

Sow seeds in a heated propagator in peaty compost, or by root cuttings made from shoot tips. These also need a heated propagator.

Cultivation

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.

Tips

Cut back the stems each Spring to obtain a fuller plant.

Care

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.

Decorate

Sheffleras are best displayed on floor, in lounge, dining room or office.

Humidity

Spray twice a week all year round. In dry heated room, stand pot on saucer of wet pebbles.

Soil

Loam-based or peat-based compost.



Did you know?

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.