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Questions About Ming Aralia Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 11, 2011

Q. Ming Aralia Care

My Ming is indoors and is about 10 years old. She has growth but I’ve noticed bare stalks too. I have never fertilized her, and water once a week. She is almost 5 feet high and is in a pot about 17-18 inches. Should I consider repotting her? Should I cut off the bare stalks? It’s March now and she seems a bit out of sorts. I don’t know what to do.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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Leave the bare stems for now. They may regrow leaves. If they have not in 6 months or so, then you can prune them. Check the bottom of the pot. If you see roots growing out the bottom, you need to repot the plant. But be warned that these plants hate to be repotted, so you may see some die back if you have to repot. Repotting is only a last resort with these plants. If you do have to repot, do as little as possible to the roots. I would definitely give the plant a little slow release fertilizer.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 1, 2011

Q. Ming Aralia Help

I just bought Ming aralias at Home Depot. I’m new to gardening, so please help me!

1. The window in my room has a draft; is it ok to keep the plant in a corner under one of those new energy-saving white light bulbs, which is cold and pretty bright?

2. Watering advice is conflicting; some places say that soil has to dry between waterings, others advise to always keep it moist.

3. There areĀ four thick trunks in a small pot. Is it ok to separate them? Any tricks to do it with minimal root damage?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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I would steer clear of drafty locations, but the use of a plant light should be ok in addition to placement in a sunny window. These plants should also be kept moist. Should be ok to divide plants. This article will help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aralia-plants/polyscias-fruticosa-ming-aralia.htm

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Asked by
jackabbott on
May 15, 2011

Q. Transplanting Ming Aralia

What time of year and what do I need to do to transplant?

We have had our ming 5 years and have never transplanted it. Our plant is about 4 feet tall. It is in a 10″ black plastic bucket which sits in a 15″ ceramic planter. Even a little water runs out the bottom.

All help and advice appreciated!

Mike

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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Spring is the best time to transplant. This article will help you with avoiding transplant shock:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 25, 2011

Q. Ming Aralia

I have had 2 cuttings in water for 2 months. So far no roots. Can you help me?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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It's most likely due do the fact that you're trying to root them in water. If you wish to propagate this plant, place the cuttings in some damp SOIL. Keep the soil damp and the cutting should root in just a few weeks. For additional rooting success, place the pot and cuttings in a plastic bag.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 1, 2011

Q. Ming Aralia (Polyscias Crispata)

I had a plant like this a number of years ago. It gradually died after about 2 yrs. When disposing, I found the roots chewed off and some type of bug/worm in the pot. Just today I purchased a similar plant. It appears to be growing from bamboo like small branches. It is pretty and graceful. Is this the same as what I had years ago? And should I treat the soil with an insecticide?

Answered by
moosmom on
September 5, 2011
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http://houseplants.about.com/od/foliageplants/p/MingAralia.htm
here is a link to ming care. it doesnt sound like that is the type of plant u have, they are not bamboo.but for any plant its best if you remove and throw out the old soil. u can rinse the roots with hot water. u can also treat the soil with epsom salts or rubbing alcohol,dish soap and water mix

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 10, 2012

Q. Care of Cuttings

I made some Ming aralea cuttings in June, and they are fully rooted in water. I had intended to send them by UPS to my sister in Santa Fe, NM, but the cost of overnight shipping is too high. I am visiting her in late September, so I will take the cuttings with me when I fly. Question: Should I be doing anything to feed the cuttings, or otherwise care for them?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 12, 2012
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Plant them in nice light soil or potting mix! Rooting plants in water is pretty much a myth. Roots that grow in water are different than roots that grow in soil. So when you put the rooted cuttings into soil, they still have to grow new roots!
Put them into soil in small pots, or pot, keep them in bright indirect light, and when you're ready to travel, roll up some paper towels and pack them tightly over the top of the soil, then wrap some heavy brown paper firmly around the pots and up past the top of the foliage, and carry them in a bag that you can keep protected and upright.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 4, 2012

Q. How to Grow a Beautiful Ming Tree

I am a 56 year old male and have always loved the Ming Tree. In years past I didn’t have the access to the knowledge of you guys before the internet. I am hoping that you can give me guidance on how to keep my ‘new’ Ming Tree alive and healthy. My son, daughter-in-law, and grandson brought this beautiful tree back to me from their vacation. Could you please share your knowledge with me in keeping it healthy and how to keep it pruned correctly? Is there a book that you suggest that I buy to help me become a successful Ming Tree owner/grower? This tree really means a lot to me, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 5, 2012
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