The Q&A Archives: Outdoor schefflera

Question: Two seasons ago I cut back a rather lanky schefflera. I potted the cuttings and got only two survivors. Just for grins I stuck them outside at mid-summer (I had always thought of schefflera as an indoor plant). I was absolutely amazed at the growth; numerous new leaves and the trunk doubled in size. They initially dropped some leaves when I brought them in for the winter, but they adapted well, although there was no new growth. After a second summer outdoors I have two fantastic plants, not very tall butthick and bushy. They are similar to some schefflera I have seen displayed as bonsai. Is there any way I can encourage continued growth indoors? I have another plant I'd like to experiment with.<br>Thanks for your help.<br><br>Al C

Answer: It seems you've already discovered the schefflera "magic"! I would think that doing what you have been doing would work well. The plant needs bright light, although partial shade is tolerated. It needs no staking. It is happy with average soil, but let it dry out between waterings. It doesn't need any great humidity, and in fact it does better in dry air than most tropicals. Excessive dryness or wetness however can cause the leaves to drop. It is rarely bothered by insects.

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