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How to care for your Schefflera Arboricola (Umbrella Plant)

DATE:July 21, 2020BY:Little Pilea

Schefflera Arboricola, also commonly known as the Umbrella plant, is a native to Taiwan. It is a fantastic purifying plant that can both remove toxins such as toluene, benzene and formaldehyde in the air and softens your space with vibrant green color.


Your Umbrella plant really likes bright indirect light. Its favorite spot in the house is a few feet away from a sunny window (either east or west facing one) so it can enjoy some indirect sunlight. Nonetheless, avoid the strong direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves.


Please careful not to overwater the Umbrella plant as it is susceptible to root rot if left sitting in water. Allow the soil mix to dry out completely between waterings.


The ideal temperature for the Umbrella plant is 60°F-80°F. If you are in a hotter zone, the variegated variant of the plant will do better and, if you are in a colder zone, the green variant is your ideal choice.


During its growing season, normally from early March to early September, the Umbrella plant would enjoy fertilization at least once a month. You can also feed the plant once every other week if you want to foster stronger growth.


The umbrella tree is mildly toxic when ingested by cats or dogs. Please always take extra caution and keep houseplants out of reach of children and pets. As part of the Schefflera family, the plant develops calcium oxalate crystals, which is an irritant both to humans and pets.

 Common Problems

The leaves of my Umbrella plant are falling off. What might be the cause?

This is most likely caused by exposure to strong direct sunlight or dry air. Try to get your plant in front of a window with curtain. If you grow your plant outside, moving it to an area with more shades would do well for the plant.

The leaves of my Umbrella plant are turning yellow and falling off. What might be the cause?

If the plant is losing some leaves at the bottom, it might not be a none issue. The plant naturally loses its bottom leaves to spur new growth. If it is losing leaves at the upper layers, there might be a number of issues: most common is over-watering, low temperature (usually under 50°F) or the lack of light.

The leaves and stems are turning brown. What might be the cause?

The most likely cause of the problem is over-watering. Check the leaves and stems for softness. Check the roots for any sign of root rot. If root rot has already occurred, you will need to remove the affected root and stem sections before repotting to save the plant.

Need further help with your plant. Please check our guide on common issues.



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