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Umbrella Plant

Schefflera Aboricola

From £15.00

Umbrella Plants are easily recognizable because of their distinctive oval leaves. Schefflera are popular for their compact nature and ease of care.

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About Umbrella Plant

Botanical Name
Schefflera Aboricola
Common Names
Air Purification Qualities
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Child & Pet Safe?
Toxic to animals. The Schefflera plant’s sap contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause minor skin irritation if you come in contact with the leaves. When handling the plant, you may want to wear gloves to prevent irritation. Ingesting the Umbrella plant is not wise, as it can cause vomiting, mouth numbness, and other side effects. The Schefflera plant is toxic to dogs and cats. Signs that your pet might have ingested the plant are mouth, lip, and tongue irritation, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting. If you ingest the plant or suspect your pet has done so, please contact a medical professional.

Schefflera, commonly known as the Umbrella Plant, is easily recognizable because of its distinctive oval leaves. They are popular for their compact nature and ease of care. Their ideal environment is warm and evenly moist with bright, indirect light making Schefflera the perfect plant in a bright corner or by a window.

The Umbrella Plant originated in Australia but is now able to grow all around the world in tropical, temperate regions! The plant is well known for its symbolic meaning – the leaf fingers are said to capture positive energy and attract wealth for those who own and care for them.

Top Tips for your Umbrella Plant:

  • Pruning – If your umbrella plant is suffering and has become a little ‘floppy’ due to not having enough light, it might be time to give your indoor plant a bit of a haircut. Simply cut away a few excess leaves and your Schefflera should bounce back even fuller.
  • We have found the article written by Our House Plants on Umbrella Plant care to be particularly useful. We hope you do too!

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

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How To Care For Umbrella Plant

When you do water, make sure you thoroughly soak the soil. Let the soil in your pot dry out between watering. Make sure you don’t over-water your Umbrella Plant as this will kill your beloved house plant. A tell-tale sign of this is if the leaves start to turn yellow. If you don’t have anything to water with, why not try our BRAND NEW watering cans?

Umbrella Plants like to be kept in bright, indirect sunlight. A common problem is that they may lose leaves and wilt rapidly- this is often caused by too little light. Offer them a position with a splash of morning sun and avoid them being exposed to more than three hours of direct sunlight

You shouldn’t need to mist too regularly but all plants like a bit of a pampering every now and again.  If you have nothing to mist with, we have the perfect solution! Try our water mister.

Umbrella Plants like a well-draining, loose potting mixture.

The Umbrella Plant doesn’t really need fertilizing, but you can give them a feed once a year if you wish. Something like our Miracle-Gro All Purpose Pump and Feed would be perfect as this will ensure your umbrella plant has strong roots, stems and a bright bushy foliage at the same time!

Although rare, the Umbrella Plant may become susceptible to aphids, scales, and mealybugs. If this becomes a problem, simply treat it with some of our neem oil!

You should look to repot your Umbrella Plant about once a year. You can tell when it’s time to repot when the roots are root-bound! Have a look at our extensive range of stone plant pots and pick which one you find nicest!

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