Schefflera arboricola (sometimes called dwarf Schefflera) features smaller, glossy leaves, sometimes with creamy variegation. Umbrella plants are not difficult plants to grow if they receive plenty of indirect light, warmth, and humidity. In very cold climates, bottom heat might be necessary. Leggy plants can be pruned to encourage a fuller plant.
- Your Schefflera Arboricola prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Rotate your plant a half-turn once a month. As it grows, it leans towards the light, so this will keep it looking full and even.
- Water your Schefflera when the top 75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
- This plant is toxic to humans and pets. If the leaves are cut open, the sap inside can cause minor skin irritation. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting your plant to be safe. If ingested, it can cause mouth and digestive irritation.