Schefflera

Schefflera

Life form Herbaceous
Family Araliaceae
Origin South-East Asia, New Guinea, o.Yava, Taiwan
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size Up to 120-140 cm in height
Growth rate Up to 30 cm per season
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: 60,8-77 ° F, in winter, if not watered, can withstand the temperature of 53,6 ° F, but it is better to maintain a temperature of about 64,4 ° F.
Humidity In summer it is better to spray at least 2-3 times a week with soft, settled water. In winter when heating is on, spraying is especially necessary.
Lighting Light bright scattered, better east window and about 3 hours a day of direct sunlight, but can adapt to shaded places. Motley forms require bright light.
The soil For a mixture of own preparation, you should take: 1 part of the turf ground, 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite, peat, humus, leaf land. Can be grown in finished soils on the basis of chernozem. Good drainage is required. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering The soil must be constantly moist, but stagnant water is unacceptable. In summer, water up to 2-3 times a week. In winter, watering is limited, watered not more often than 1 time a week.
Fertilizer During the growing season, every 15 days, liquid fertilizer, diluted 2 times.
Reproduction Spread by apical cuttings with a length of 15 cm, to implant in moist sand, pre-processed kornevinom. Easily rooted in water in spring. A greenhouse is not required. Reproduction by seeds should be carried out at a temperature of 66,2-77 ° F. Seeds are planted in a mini-greenhouse (a container with a soil mixture, covered with glass or film), spreading over the surface of the substrate and only slightly topping the soil. Place the container in a dark place. When seedlings grow up, put the container in the conditions of scattered light, the glass is removed. As the growth grows seedlings for individual pots.
Bloom Blooms rarely unattractive greenish flowers, collected in umbrellas.
Transfer 1 time 2-3 years in the spring, when the roots appear from the drainage hole. Every year it is desirable to change the top layer of the soil.
Features of care Pruning is usually not required, only if the plant is too stretched. The plant can be pricked to form a bushy form. A plant often requires support. In summer it is preferable to keep the plant on the balcony or in the garden. A plant suitable for bonsai.
Difficulties The leaves of the plant can hang in case of insufficient watering. In winter, leaves can fall off at low temperatures and wetlands, and in summer – from intense heat. From excess moisture, roots can decay. The tips of the leaves turn brown in dry air or from insufficient watering. Light spots on the leaves may appear from excess light. From lack of light leaves turn pale. Also pale and yellow leaves can be from a lack of nutrients. Young plants often develop underdeveloped leaves with a small number of leaflets, this is normal. Extended elongated shoots and small leaves indicate heat or lack of light. It is affected by a spider mite, aphids, mealybugs, quite often a scab.
Air cleaning Removes benzene from the air.
Toxicity May be toxic to children and pets.


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