Scheffleras are a flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to Taiwan as well as Hainan. Its common name is dwarf umbrella tree, as it appears to be a smaller version of the umbrella tree.
Schefflera is an easy-to-grow houseplant that does best in high light but will usually grow fine in medium light. It can tolerate direct sun on its leaves indoors, even in hot-summer climates.
Water Schefflera when the top of the potting mix dries out. Its tolerance of dry soil is one of the factors that has made it a popular indoor plant for so long.
Schefflera houseplants prefer temperatures between 65°-80° F. They do not do well in temperatures below 55° F. Keep Scheffleras away from cold drafts and heaters.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves is typically a sign of over watering. You should water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil is dry. After watering it is always important to discard any excess water in the saucer. In the winter you may need to water your plant less frequently.
Why are my leaves brown and crispy?
The first thing you should do is prune off the brown or dead leaves, this will allow the plant to direct more energy to healthy leaves and new growth. Be careful not to remove more than 20% of leaves at once, as to not shock the plant. You should water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil is dry and maintain a consistent water schedule.
Why is my plant dropping leaves?
It is normal for a Schefflera to drop leaves occasionally, but if you notice an excess of leaf drop there may be an underlying issue. Scheffleras can drop leaves in low-light conditions, they prefer bright but indirect sunlight.