About the Umbrella plant
Umbrella plants – also known as Schefflera plants – make a great addition to any room. You can keep them small and modest with some regular trimming. Or you can let the plants do their thing and place them on the floor, making them a great centerpiece. The Umbrella plant is native to Taiwan and can grow up to 9 feet outdoors.
Did you know that umbrella plants, also known as umbrella trees, can’t be propagated by division? The reason behind this is that they only have one stem. However, you can root cuttings in water, in soil, and you can propagate them from air layering, or from seeds. Find out more in our Complete Umbrella Plant Propagation guide now!
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Umbrella plants prefer dryer, loose soil. This does not mean that you don’t have to water them every 1 or 2 weeks, but you need to make sure before watering that the soil is not overwatered. Good drainage is key. After the soil soaks up the water, always empty the drainage saucer.
Umbrella plants also like their leaves dust-free, so you should wipe them down with a damp sponge every week.
Support is also important, so if your plant grows above 2-3 feet or so, put a stake in the pot and fasten it to the umbrella plant using plant ties.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to care for an umbrella plant?
The basics: Make sure you do not overwater it (dry soil, water every 1-2 weeks), dust the leaves weekly with a damp cloth, and keep it in indirect sunlight.
Are umbrella plants toxic to cats?
Yes, unfortunately, all parts of the umbrella plant contain toxic compounds like calcium oxalate crystals, terpenoids, and saponins. It is definitely toxic to cats.
Are umbrella plants toxic to dogs?
Yes, unfortunately, all parts of the umbrella plant contain toxic compounds like calcium oxalate crystals, terpenoids, and saponins. It is definitely toxic to dogs as well.
Do umbrella plants like to be root bound?
You need to repot your umbrella plant when roots start poking out of the drainage holes of the pot.
How often to water umbrella plant?
Every 1-2 weeks, but make sure the soil is loose and dry before doing so.