The Q&A Archives: Schefflera

Question: Would you know why the leaves are turning brown and falling off my schefflera?

Answer: Sometimes known as the Octopus Tree or Umbrella Tree, Schefflera is a subtropical plant, commonly grown as a houseplant. In the wild it produces flowers, but it doesn't bloom under indoor conditions. Schefflera is a tough plant, but has a few requirements for healthy growth. Provide average household temperatures (minimum 55F in winter and maximum 70F in summer), give the plant bright light but keep it away from direct sunlight, and water liberally from spring through autumn. To keep the foliage at its glossy green best, mist the plant daily.

Browning, dropping foliage can be a result of soil dryness, overwatering, cold nights, strong sunshine, air that's too hot and dry, or poor lighting conditions.

You may be able to help your schefflera regain its health by repotting in fresh soil, adjusting the spot where its kept so exposure to light is correct, and perhaps changing the frequency of watering.

Hope your plant makes it!

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