umbrella tree

Umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) is ideal for creating a large leafy statement indoors, growing to around 2 m tall. It's a low maintenance tropical-looking indoor plant, perfect for time poor gardeners.

How to grow umbrella tree in a pot

  1. Choose a spot indoors that is well lit but away from direct sunlight. Being a tall growing plant, an empty corner of a room is ideal for an umbrella tree.
  2. Fill the pot (halfway) with Yates Premium Potting Mix.  
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any matted or tangled roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well keeping the water away from the leaves. 
  5. After the initial water, water each time after checking if the top 2-3cm of the potting mix has dried.
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food to promote strong root development and healthy foliage.

     

Growing tips

 

  • Remove dead flowers after flowering period.
  •  Generally pest free, but mealy bugs and scale can cause some damage.
  • To encourage bushier growth, stem tips can be pinched out.
  • Don't move umbrella trees unecessarily as they can drop their leaves.
  • Do not plant umbrella trees out into the garden as in some areas they're classified as weeds.

 


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Common Problems & Solutions

Mealy Bugs: New growth appears distorted with a white ‘mealy’ substance in the leaf axils.

Solutions: Yates Scale Gun

Soft Scales: Raised, pale growths attached to the stems and the foliage.

Solutions: Yates Scale Gun