Houseplants forum→Propagating a leggy Schefflera Arboricola

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Apr 30, 2020 4:03 PM CST
Hello, first time here.
I've owned my "umbrella tree" for about 8 years now and last transplanted it 2 years ago and haven't done a whole lot with it. I was planning on transplanting it today but one of my stems is getting quite leggy and I'm wondering if I could simply cut back the top end and place it back in the pot. It appears there are roots coming off the stem already but I'm unsure since it is on a woody area. I'm not looking to multiply this plant and only want to make it bushier. Any advise is appreciated, see picture as a reference. I've been also dealing with a mild case of mealybugs for the past year.

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Name: Lin Vosbury
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May 1, 2020 8:58 AM CST
Hi JolyWoly,, Welcome!

Yes, you can definitely prune your Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) and place the cuttings back into the original pot for a bushier, fuller effect. Also, new growth will emerge on the original stems, just below where the cuts were made.

Those are adventitious roots you see along that stem. Schefflera, like some other plants will produce those roots that they use to reach out and cling to the trunks of nearby trees for support.
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