||Schefflera arboricola 'Compacta'
Schefflera is very attractive with its
glossy green leaflets resembling an umbrella. It can grow up to a height
of 8 feet. As it matures the number of leaflets increases from 4 to 12.
It is also called the umbrella tree, because of it's shading nature of
wide spread hand-like leaflets.
The flowers do not have any decorative
Schefflera needs plenty of light to grow,
but not direct sunlight. The plant loves bright diffused light. Keep it
out of direct sunlight.
Water the plant thoroughly, then let the
soil dry to ½ inch deep before watering again. Never let a plant
sit with water in its saucer. Be careful not to over water during the winter.
Over watering will cause the leaves to loose it glossiness and the leaves
will begin to fall.
|Pest and Problems:
It is seldom attacked by pests. It is
sometimes known to be infested with Mealybugs,
insects and mites.
You can identify them by looking at the underside of the leaves or on the
branches, tiny flat spots in dark brown, green, white or even grey colour.
It develops in a tree-like form, reaching
impressive growth after a few years. A stem originating from the main branch
is carrying 4-5 leaves spread in a roundish shape, much like the fingers
of our hands. This plant grows quickly in any fairly good soil and it loves
A plant which is growing in reduced light
needs to be fertilized less frequently than a plant that is growing in
bright light. Fertilize the plant with a fertilizer that is used for foliage
Pinch out the growing tips on this species
to produce a compact plant.
Propagation is done by stem cutting, air
layering and seeds.
The plant can be grown as a hedge and
can also be used as a group plantation in shady locations.
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