aralia fabian polyscias - Knowledgebase Question

norman, Ok
Question by richardmich
October 13, 2009
all the leaves are falling off. the main bady of the plant looks healthy. the plant is inside. is this normal

Answer from NGA
October 13, 2009


It may be that your aralia is trying to adjust to its new growing environment in your home. It undoubtedly came from a greenhouse where the growing conditions were perfect so you'll just need to give it some time to adjust to the growing conditions in your home. These plants like bright light and temperatures between 70 and 80F.

One of the biggest tricks to being successful with Fabian Aralia is knowing when to water and how much to water. Generally a Fabian Aralia does not have a massive amount of roots in its container, which equates to not giving the plant massive amounts of water.

Most larger specimens of Aralias have virtually no roots in the top two or three inches of soil. When the soil has dried down two or three inches from the surface on larger specimen plants water sparingly with tepid water all the way around the plant. The trick is to water only enough to get some water to the bottom of the pot where the roots are with little or no water seeping from the drain holes. Never allow a Fabain Aralia to sit in a saucer of water.

Hope these guidelines are helpful.

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