Top Questions About Schefflera Plants

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Questions About Schefflera Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 9, 2011

Q. Covering Plants

It’s been raining here all day and expecting frost tonight. Can we still cover the new plants with sheets even though they are wet? Worried about the sheets sticking and freezing leaves on plants. They are fairly new Scheffleras.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 10, 2011
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You can still cover them. Give the plants a good shake to get as much water as possible off before covering. If it is also still raining, add a plastic sheet over the cloth sheets.

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Asked by
mckm on
January 22, 2011

Q. 18 Year Old Schefflera Is Dropping a Branch a Day Now

I have had this plant forever. It has indirect light, a large enough pot, is watered properly, and I spray for mites occasionally.
Past few weeks it has dropped a whole green, healthy looking branch a day. I am going to change the soil tomorrow. Any advice

Answered by
Heather on
January 22, 2011
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It sounds like it could be a fungus. Are you seeing spots on the leaves? They would be yellow or brown. Regardless, I would try treating the plant with a fungicide.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 2, 2011

Q. Heptapleurum Trouble

I have one of these plants that is about 7 feet tall. It was repotted over 6 months ago. Over the last few months, it started to lose leaves. The top portions of the stems are turning black and any leaves above the darkened stalk die and fall off. The bottom portion of the plant still looks healthy. It seems to be more of the new growth that is having issues. I cut off one of the stalks after it turned black, lost all of the leaves and turned kind of soft. I cut just below the darkened portion of the stalk, the portion left seems to be doing fine. There is another stalk that is doing the same thing. What do you think is the problem and should I prune the affected areas?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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It sounds like it might be root rot. Make sure that the new pot has good drainage and only water when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Here is more information on root rot: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

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Anonymous on
April 20, 2011

Q. Animal Versus Plant

My wife won’t let me put our Schefflera arboricola tree inside until she knows that it won’t harm our cat, should she ingest some of the leaf matter. Is it safe to have such a tree indoors with a cat.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 12, 2011

Q. Schefflera

If I cut a section of a schefflera and place it in water, will it root?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 12, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 24, 2011

Q. Heptapleurum

Is it normal for these to bloom when kept as a houseplant? Does it require any special care when blooming?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
Certified Expert
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There are some less common varieties of this plant that will bloom indoors. You are lucky to have one. They do not have any special care needs while in bloom.

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Asked by
lolita on
June 12, 2011

Q. Schefflera

I have a schefflera tree and sometimes I notice the leaves get sticky and on underside of them I find little brown substance like eggs sticking there. I tried to spray an insecticide, and it goes but then returns. Can anyone give me any advice?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 12, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

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