By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
It is very common to see Schefflerain offices, homes and other interior settings. These beautiful houseplants arelong lived tropical specimens that are easy to grow and low maintenance.Repotting a Schefflera should be done when the container is crowded. In thewild, in-ground plants can reach 8 feet (2 m.) in height but you can easilykeep it smaller by tip pruning. Transplanting a potted Schefflera willencourage new growth and keep the root system happy.
Tips on Schefflera Transplant
The two main reasons to replant any plant are to grow itlarger and to replace depleted soil. Schefflera repotting may see it moved to alarger container to grow it bigger or into the same pot with fresh soil and agentle root trim. Either should be done in spring, according to houseplantexperts.
There are several things to consider when repotting aSchefflera. How big it will get and how heavy the pot will be are major issues.If you don’t want to lift a heavy pot or don’t have space for a monster plant,it is best to keep the plant in the same sized container. Make sure that thecontainer has drainage holes and can evaporate excess moisture, a common plantcomplaint.
It is important to give plant new soil every few years, asthey deplete it of nutrients. Even plants that will stay in the same containercan benefit from brand new potting soil and some fluffing of the roots.
How to Repot a Schefflera
Once you have selected an appropriate container, remove theplant from its housing. Often, what you will note is extremely overgrown roots,sometimes wrapping around the entire root ball. This takes some gentle finesseto untangle. Soaking the entire root ball in a bucket of water first can helpuntangle the mess.
It is okay to prunethe roots and, in some cases, entirely necessary to fit them backinto an original pot. Ideally, the roots should be able to spread out and newfeeder roots will quickly grow back.
Use a good potting mix or make your own with 1 part gardensoil and 1 part moistened sphagnum moss and a little sand if the mixture is toodense.
Aftercare for a Schefflera Transplant
Schefflera repotting can be hard on a plant. It will needsome time to recover from the transplantshock that occurs after the roots are disturbed.
Keep the soil lightly moist and do not move the plant forseveral weeks. Additionally, don’t fertilize for the same period, except with awell diluted transplant fertilizer. Once the plant has established and seems tobe doing well, resume your watering and feeding schedule.
Transplanting a Schefflera isn’t difficult, but if you havenot planted it at the right depth or have covered the stems with soil, youcould have problems. Luckily, these are very hardy, adaptable plants and theproject usually causes no complaint.
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Short background facts about schefflera
Schefflera is one of the shrubs most often found as an indoor plant for the beauty of its leaves and its resilience.
It is appreciated for its aesthetic appeal but also for its highly adaptive survival traits that let it thrive in the most varied settings of our homes, apartments and offices.
It is also often present in office spaces because of its care-free growing and capacity to survive even when people ignore it.