Schefflera Plants
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New Schefflera Buds

Zone Cairo | brandolo added on February 14, 2018 | Answered

Hello, I changed the soil to the schefflera around a week ago and I am happy to say new buds are starting to form. The only concern is while they seem to be growing at a fast pace the tips look either brownish or black at some point. I am not sure what this means and need some advice if something needs to change. I water close to 2x a week and often spray its leaves to clean from pests and even talk to it sometimes. Anyway I would appreciate that help thank you! Brando

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brandolo
Answered on February 16, 2018

Will,

Thank you. I'll send a progress report once the new buds begin to bloom.

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WillCreed
Answered on February 16, 2018

There is no time frame for plant roots to recover from being cut. It depends on how much was removed and how well it was done. It also depends on the quality of soil used, your effectiveness in watering and providing proper warmth and light. Too many factors to be able to predict. Be patient and let nature run her course.

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brandolo
Answered on February 15, 2018

Will,

Sounds good. I normally try to keep it in warm pockets around the flat facing a video without direct sunlight as you mention. I will wait for the new buds to grow and see how they do in the coming weeks. Again thank you for your help and I will send an updated photo soon

PD: how long does it take for a repotted plant to settle roots in new d'oil?

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WillCreed
Answered on February 15, 2018

Apparently, the root damage was at least in part caused by your cutting away some of the roots coiled at the bottom. It is a common misconception that coiled roots are a problem when they are not.

At this, point the best thing you can do is to leave the roots alone and allow them to slowly heal. Watering it as I suggested previously will help. So will warm temps and lots of very bright indirect light close to a window. Be patient and look for new leaves that come in green and stay green.

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brandolo
Answered on February 15, 2018

Will,

Thank you for your post I appreciate it. How would I fix any root damage? When changing the soil some of the bottom roots I had to trim because they were too much wrapped. I also removed some of the botttom soil from the plant itself so when changing it would have fresh soil. One of the branches, the longer one, I am not sure if the roots have settled in because the longer branch wobbles a bit.

Do you have any suggestions how I can remedy all of this?

Thank you

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WillCreed
Answered on February 14, 2018

When new growth comes in all or partially black, that is a sure sign of root damage, usually from soil that is staying too moist and depriving the roots of essential oxygen. This is a common problem after repotting because the extra soil stays moist much longer than previously and/or the new soil is not sufficiently porous.

I can't imagine that your Schefflera would need water twice per week. Water it only when the top inch of soil is dry. Add just enough water so that top inch is dry again in about a week.

Misting may deter spider mites a bit, but is not an effective treatment for them.

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