The elongated leaves of the schefflera plant liken its shape to that of an umbrella. Thus its nickname, the Umbrella Tree, makes a lot of visual sense. Originating in Taiwan in South China, the schefflera plant can grow to be approximately 13 feet tall but averages only 1 to 6 feet in height. This plant species include Schefflera amate and Schefflera arboricola.
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this plant is the fact that it acts as a natural air freshner and detoxifier. The leaves expected release oxygen, but they also absorb pollutants from the air.
The combination of its attractive leaves and detoxifying powers makes the Schefflera plant a very popular indoor plants.
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How to propagate a Schefflera plant
There are a couple of different ways to propagate a schefflera plant. You can use seeds or leaf and stem cuttings. If conditions are right, rooting should take place relatively quickly, more so with the cuttings method.
To use leaves for propagation, pick leaves that are healthy and strong. Make sure to keep the leafstalk, as this is the part of the leaf from which roots form. Once the leaf is removed from the mother plant, place it one centimeter into the soil, and it will soon take root.
Cuttings should be 4-6 inches, cut some time from the late spring to the early summer, right below a knot. Plant the cutting ⅓ to ½ of its length into the soil and keep it in indirect light. Once the new plants have grown to be approximately 10 centimeters, they can be fertilized.