Houseplants forum: Staking Dwarf Umbrella Tree

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 9, 2017 8:47 PM CST
I have one that lives outside 9 mos out of the year and come indoors for the winter. Have had it for about 3 years.. It has grown so much! It looks great from our bedroom window. But it is as wide as it is tall. I was thinking of staking the taller ones for more upright growth. Is this done to the dwarf species or is it usually this full and wide?? The other one I have is 8 ft tall and hardly bushy at all. but I do have it trained on a trellis.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Dec 10, 2017 7:24 AM CST
Lovely! What is your goal for this plant? A globe-shaped mass of foliage? To look like a mini tree? The key to keeping a plant looking like you want, or at least moving toward that goal, is to remove those parts that do not fit with the goal you have in mind, or like you mentioned, to stake it if that is more fitting with your goal. Wiring the stems into desired shape is another option.
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 10, 2017 4:49 PM CST
That's a good question! Tiffany @Purpleinopp I am not used to having my choice on how a plant grows but rather used to helping it grow, doing what it naturally does. This one seems to do a lot of things wanting to become a tree and a bush. Hmmmmm. The goal is to give some privacy in front of the window where it sits 9 mos out of the year. So staking will help that. But the window is wide so the natural dropping helps that. I think I will stake up the larger stems and let the smaller ones do as they do as side fillers. Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 10, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Your Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) is beautiful; great growing! It appears to have the normal habit to me but staking of the taller stems won't cause any harm.
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 11, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Staked up 6-8 thick branches. I think I like this look especially after it straightens itself out.. I'll replace the twist ties with tape later.
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Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 11, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Old pantyhose/knee hi's cut into strips make great plant ties.
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