Post a reply

Avatar for sabryena95
May 4, 2020 3:14 PM CST
Thread OP

Hi everyone! I'm very new at gardening and caring for plants, so I'm looking for fellow plant parents to educate me! I just recently got an umbrella tree (I think; I was told that it is a Chinese Money Tree, but after some research, Umbrella Tree is the closest match). It's been droopy and looking weak.

The previous owner left the plant in direct sunlight outdoors and neglected it for few weeks. I live in Southern California where it's 70-80+ degrees everyday especially right now in May. I moved it into indirect sunlight yesterday in my backyard and also have been watering it 2-3 times a week, when the soil is dry two knuckles down. It has pretty good drainage on the bottom of its pot.

It also has some brown/yellow spots on leaves and some leaves look deformed. It has white dusts and some webs (I'm suspecting spider mites?) on leaves so I wiped them down with water and microfiber towel for now.

My questions are:
1) is it an umbrella tree or Chinese money tree?
2) why is it droopy? Is it too much sun? Not enough water? Spider mites?
3) if it is spider mites that is bother the plant, are there any easy and natural remedies to get rid of them?
4) what are yellow/brown spots? Are they from spider mites? Or are they burnt from when they were in direct sunlight?
5) any tips and advice for me and the tree

Thank you so much in advance!!
Thumb of 2020-05-04/sabryena95/f7ac36

Thumb of 2020-05-04/sabryena95/dea915
Thumb of 2020-05-04/sabryena95/1dff25
Thumb of 2020-05-04/sabryena95/1c8823
Last edited by sabryena95 May 4, 2020 3:15 PM Icon for preview
May 5, 2020 11:59 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
It is a Schefflera 'Amate' commonly called Umbrella Tree.

Having outside in the direct LA sun did some fairly serious damage to some of the leaves. Some of the droopiness is normal, but some is a result of the direct sun and maybe from getting too dry.

Most folks keep their Amates inside in bright but indirect sunlight. If you keep it outside, it must be in deep shade at all times.

Amate is quite resistant to spider mites.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Echinacea"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.