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 Post subject: Schefflera arboricola
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:14 pm 
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Does anybody have a Schefflera arboricola (Umbrella plant)?

I've had mine 2 months or so and he was very happy and healthy and had new shoots but in the last week or so he's drooped completely and all his stems and leaves have fallen off and he doesn't look very well at all :cry:

Just wondered if anyone knew where I was going wrong??? :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Schefflera arboricola
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:11 pm 
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Hi Vicky,
I usually hang out at the vermicomposting site, so I'm new on this particular houseplant forum. (although I do belong to some others.)

I have a number of arboricolas. Do you think it might be too wet? Did you take it out of the pot and check it's roots? If the leaves are turning black, and falling off, it's in all likelihood from too much water.

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 Post subject: Re: Schefflera arboricola
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:54 pm 
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Thanks :) how much water do they like as a general rule?

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 Post subject: Re: Schefflera arboricola
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:59 pm 
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Put your finger in the soil and water if it's dry the length of your finger, and water well. The most important thing when watering any plant is to make sure the water drains. Make sure your plants have drainage holes and water the plants in the sink. If you have to water where the plant is (any plant that's too big to carry to the sink) be sure to empty the saucer. Plants shouldn't be sitting in water.

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