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Q.Can I Propagate Leaves On The Bare Stem Of An Umbrella Plant?

Zone 53576 | singstock.dennis added on October 27, 2022 | Answered

I have a 4 foot tall healthy umbrella plant with three leaves at the top and a bare stem for the 3 feet below them. Can I do anything to make the plant produce leaves on the bare stem? I would like to start some leaves nearer the root and eventually cut off the remainder of the bare stem above those new leaves. Is there a way to propagate new leaves at any of the brown rings (nodes)?

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Answered on October 28, 2022

Unfortunately, your photos did not come through.

At first, I thought you were talking about the Umbrella Plant, but that is a type of grass-like sedge, and they do not follow the growth pattern that you describe.

My next guess would be Schefflera, which is often called Umbrella Tree.

They can handle some pruning, but will not fill out without proper care. This article will help you to care for it to its potential:


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