Ming Auraleus - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by spinach
September 14, 1999
Ming Auraleus treee is getting long and twisted. How do I get it to grow straight and be bushier?

Answer from NGA
September 14, 1999
Ming Aralia is Polyscias fruticosa. Several types of polyscias are grown as houseplants and they all require full sun to bright light and moderately moist but not constantly wet soil. Keep temperatures above 55 degrees (ideal temperatures are between 60 and 85 degrees).

You can encourage thicker, bushier growth by pinching out just the tips of the stems. This will force new leaves and stems near the center of the plant. If your plant is leaning or twisting, it needs more light. Give it bright light but not direct sunlight.

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