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Name: cautious
Northern Georgia (Zone 7a)
Aug 14, 2013 6:03 PM CST
I just purchased a shefflera plant from Lowe's. There's 4 main stems in a 6" or 1.25 qt pot and they stand about 12" tall. My question is do I transplant all 4 into one pot or can I divide into 2 pots with 2 main stems each and what size pot should I use to transplant them in ?

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Aug 14, 2013 6:20 PM CST
Welcome! Sandy. In my experience Scheffleras are pretty rapid growers and so it would be fine to split them up. I'd give them space to grow!
The growers tend to cram more stems in one pot, both in case some of them don't root, and so the plant looks fuller. We can benefit from that!
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Aug 14, 2013 8:06 PM CST
I agree with Hetty. If it were me, I would pot up each stem separately & end up with 4 plants.
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Name: tarev
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Aug 14, 2013 8:36 PM CST
Welcome! cautious Smiling

I agree as well, repot into 4 separate containers. They grow quite fast, and easy to trim later on to smaller bushier size if you do not intend to put them inground. I keep mine in containers so their size is controlled as well. Our winters are mild so they stay outdoors all year long in part sun/part shade.
Name: Peggy
Youngstown, Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Sep 12, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Ha I didn't know all this either. I purchased a Schefflera from Lowe's, it's one of the Exotic Angels Plants collection.
I was quite small when I bought it just a couple of months ago - just 1 stem. I've repotted it once since then, into a 8" pot, and darned if it doesn't need it again - it's 3 stems now!

I didn't know you could split it up. Is it ok to do this before it gets cold or should I wait til spring now?

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