Ask a Question forum: Schefflera is looking sick.

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Talladega, Alabama
frebrezze
May 21, 2018 3:39 PM CST
I've had this Schefflera for almost a year and just recently it started looking bad. I thought I was over watering it so when I went on vacation for 4 days I didn't water it so the soil would dry out. I just came back and the soil was much better. However, more leaves turned yellow! Could it be due to overexposure to the sun I had it in my bathroom next to the window and it gets heavy sun in the afternoon. I moved it just incase that was the problem. What do you think?

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 21, 2018 4:39 PM CST
A photo that shows the entire plant and its pot is always more helpful. For example, are the dying leaves older leaves or new ones? And how extensive is the leaf yellowing? Just seeing the symptoms is like reading tea leaves - not very reliable.

Too much indoor sun is unlikely. Inadvertent overwatering is more likely because it appears to be planted in a very large planter.

How do you determine how dry the soil is? How much water do you provide when you do water?
Will Creed
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Talladega, Alabama
frebrezze
May 21, 2018 4:57 PM CST
A majority of the affected leaves are new and only 1-2 being older leaves. The yellow on the leaves ranges from a single leaf being completely yellow to all the leaves on a offshoot being splotchy yellow with no defined edges.

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Talladega, Alabama
frebrezze
May 21, 2018 6:28 PM CST
I usually feel the soil 2 inches deep to see how dry it is and I don't really measure I just eyeball it which probably isn't the best.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 21, 2018 6:53 PM CST
When new leaves are affected as they are emerging that is usually a sign that the roots are suffocating from lack of oxygen because the soil around the roots is staying wet for too long. That can happen very easily with a plant in a very large pot, especially if you added soil to the top of the original rootball when you repotted it.

Soil on top of the rootball serves no purpose, but it can deceive you as to how dry the soil is around the roots. If you did add soil to the rootball, I suggest that you remove all loose soil from the top that is not in immediate contact with the roots. That will allow oxygen to penetrate the root zone more readily.

Keep the window completely uncovered during the daylight hours.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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