Umbrella Plants

Pruning Umbrella Tree

Anonymous added on January 30, 2014 | Answered

I have an umbrella tree that I got from a local garden center. The thing is that it has so many stalks in the one pot (approx. 35-40) and it is so bushy that I don't think it's getting to its full potential. I would like it to grow taller but in the year in a half I have had it, not much has happened. I tried taking off a bunch of leaves and some new ones grew back. Wondering if I should completely cut out some of the stalks and, if I do, can I root them. Any suggestions on how to prune so it can grow taller would be greatly appreciated.

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Answered on January 30, 2014

The best way to get it to grow taller is to leave it be and give it time. Pruning of any kind will encourage shorter, bushier growth, rather than taller growth.

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