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Sbendahan
Jun 15, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Hi

I am new at indoor plants. Purchased this schefflera amate in store about 4 weeks ago. Place in west facing window so does get some direct sun for 2 to 3 hours end of day. I water every 5 to 7 days and mist every 5to 7 days . The soil does seem extremely dry at wanterings 5 to 7 days. Some leaves seem the tearing such as pic. Does not really seem to have brown tips though. CauSe for concern? Any tips? Thank you
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 11:56 PM CST
The leaf break is caused from movement or mechanical damage and not anything to worry about. You don't need to mist your plant because bacteria needs water to grow. When I get a new plant, I let it wilt one time to gage the watering timing. If it takes 8th days for my plant shows signs of the leaves wilting, I know I need to water on the 7th day. Before adding water take the nursery pot out of the deco pot and feel how light weight it is. When you water, add enough to get a trickle out the bottom and then lift the plant and feel the heavy weight of the watered pot. Now you know how to tell when to water your plant.
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Sbendahan
Jun 16, 2020 4:37 AM CST
Thank you for your reply. I read online that this plant needs to be misted regularly to stay humid. However, I don't want the possibility of having bacteria to grow and want to follow your advice. Just to make sure, I don't ever need to mist this plant? Not even during the Canadian winters? Sticking tongue out Also, I have a jade plant and zz plant. Do I need to give fertilizer to these plants or simply water ?
Thanks for your help!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 16, 2020 9:14 AM CST
Welcome! The Amate variety of Schefflera is a big improvement of over other Schefflera species. They are much hardier in lower indoor light, more tolerant of watering lapses, and resistant to pests. Good choice!

I do suggest that you move yours back a bit d from the west window so it is just beyond the reach of the afternoon sun.

Keep it in its nursery pot and let the top 1-2 cms of soil get dry before watering it thoroughly, however often that may be.

None of your plants benefit much from increased humidity, although it is commonly recommended. It does no harm and bacterial infections are very unlikely. But it is not necessary even in the very dry winter air.

Fertilizer is overrated. For your plants that are healthy and growing vigorously, you can use a standard fertilizer diluted to half-strength no more than once per month.

Online you will find lots of extraneous information about plant care. However, if you simply stick to basics - providing appropriate light and water - you will have few plant problems.
Will Creed
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Sbendahan
Jun 17, 2020 6:18 AM CST
I will take your advice and make sure it is not in direct sun in afternoon. Actually I do have a question about light. When my plants are in west facing window all morning and early afternoon but the sun at those times is not present directly on that window , is that still considered good lighting for plants or when we say light the sun needs to be hitting that window?

Thanks again
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 17, 2020 9:45 AM CST
When a plant is close to a sunny window but the rays of the sun do not fall directly on the plant at any time of the day, then that is considered bright indirect light and is very good for many plants.

As a plant is moved farther away from the window, the light intensity can drop off rather dramatically so that when the plant is more than about 6 feet away, the light is considered quite low and may not be enough for some plants. Proximity matters as much as direction.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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Sbendahan
Jun 17, 2020 12:59 PM CST
Is my 2 small jade plants in 2.5 inch pots in direct sun light afternoon for couple of hours ok? Or should I not provide direct sun to them as well?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 18, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Yes, unlike your Amate, the Jade Plants do benefit from some direct sun every day.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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