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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Pruning Your Umbrella Plant (Schefflera Arboricola)
I recently received an email from a visitor to my website asking how to prune her Umbrella Plant. She sent along the picture to the right.
Here is her email and my answer:
I'm just wondering how to prune an umbrella
plant. My plant is getting out of control, growing upwards and I can't seem to
get it to grow like a bush. I'm afraid to cut it to shape cause I might kill
it. I've had this plant for over 10 years and from the picture I sent you can
see it's still growing good. I just want to trim it down but I want to do it
When pruning an Arboricola (umbrella
plant), cut just above a leaf stem or node. I usually cut the tallest stem back into
the center of the plant, leaving some leaf nodes for new growth to start. Doing
this every once in awhile keeps the plant fuller and shorter.
You can cut the really tall stem that you
have growing past the top of the door to maybe 12 inches or so in height. Cut just above
a leaf node.
If you wait too long too prune back, the
plant can look kind of bad for a time as you wait for it to grow back out.
Cutting it should not kill it, it will just
promote some new growth. It also keeps it from getting so tall that the stems
start to fall over. I usually cut anything that has gotten tall enough or leggy enough that it no longer can stay upright without some type of support.
Turning the entire plant/pot once a month
will help to keep it growing evenly on all sides.
Hope this helps, send along any other
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