Schefflera Plants
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Anonymous added on November 3, 2014 | Answered

Are there any pests for Shefflera? And what is best method of getting rid of them? Mine is about 15 feet tall and I wonder how far back I may safely cut it. It grows in our atrium which is unheated but covered. The temp never goes below 40 degrees. Portland, Or. Thank you for any help.

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Nikki
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Answered on November 3, 2014

There are a few pests that typically affect Schefflera, such as aphids, spider mites and mealybugs. These are all treated with a standard insecticide. I like neem oil, myself. It is safe for people and pets, but very effective on bad bugs. Here is more information on it:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

These plants will tolerate a heavy pruning, but if you want to play on the safe side, do not trim more than 1/3 of the plant back in one season.

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