Schefflera (also called umbrella plant or arbicola) is a popular houseplant because it’s easy to grow (it tolerates a range of growing conditions) and adds fun texture with its divided hand-like leaves. Because it’s so tolerant, schefflera makes a good choice for living, dining, family, and bedrooms. Many people are especially fond of growing it in well-lit bedrooms because at night the houseplant is efficient at filtering indoor air pollution from the room. The schefflera variety ‘Gold Capella’ is particularly nice; it shows off dark green hand-shaped leaves variegated with streaks of golden yellow. It really brightens a room!
Schefflera Growing Instructions
Schefflera is an easy-to-grow houseplant that does best in high light but will usually grow fine in medium light. It can tolerate direct sun on its leaves indoors, even in hot-summer climates.
Water schefflera when the top of the potting mix dries out. Its tolerance of dry soil is one of the factors that has made it a popular indoor plant for so long.
You don’t need to fertilize schefflera regularly (just once or twice a year). but if you’d like it to grow faster, you can fertilize it with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging for application rates.
If your schefflera gets too big in time, you can prune it back at any time. Doing so will help it grow fuller and bushier.