Plant ID forum: Help identifying indoor tree that I adopted

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Name: Dave Chapel
northern Illinois
Feb 10, 2018 10:49 AM CST
The front office at work was redecorating and I was able to adopt this tree.
It is very healthy and I would like to keep it that way.
Need help identifying it so I can care for it properly.
The (soil) it is in is extremely dry and kinda feels like ground up bark??
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 10, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Your new acquisition is a Polyscias balfouriana, sometimes called Ming Aralia, Balfour Aralia or Dinner Plant Aralia. It is one of my personal favorites.

Keep yours within a couple of feet of a moderately sunny window. Put a good saucer underneath the pot so you can water it properly. It does not like dry soil. That may explain why it has lost a fair amount of its lower leaves and the gritty quality of the soil.

I suggest that you first break up any large soil particles near the surface and make sure the soil is packed in tight inside the pot. Remove any dead leaves or non-soil debris.

Then, water it slowly from the top with warm water. Let it sit in a saucer filled with water for a couple of hours. That will ensure the entire rootball gets saturated. Thereafter, water from the top as soon as the surface soil feels just barely damp or almost dry. Add just enough water until a bit trickles through the drain holes. Don't let it sit in water except for the first re-wetting that I suggested.

That's all it needs - good light and proper attention to its watering. You can fertilize at half strength monthly. Low humidity is not a problem. Spider mites can be a problem if the plant is allowed to get too dry. It will not need to be repotted and the roost are best left undisturbed.

This is a plant that responds very well to pruning. Cut off any stem at any point and new growth will emerge on that stem just below the pruning cut. Pruning allows you to keep it at any size and shape that you prefer.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Dave Chapel
northern Illinois
Feb 10, 2018 11:57 AM CST
Thank you so much!
Great info

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