How fast does Schefflera Taiwaniana grow?
Schefflera Taiwaniana grows very fast, it is considered as a good growing plant and should be regularly pruned. It grows at a rate of 30-60cm per year indoors. It will also grow well outdoors in the right environment – full sun and well-drained soil.
It is a common indoor plant due to its extreme tolerance for low light and dry soil conditions that would normally kill other plants. It can be grown in almost any container. For a houseplant, the soil should always be kept moist, but not wet; it is also important to ensure that the soil is well drained, but not completely dry.
The ideal temperature range for growth is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it does not require much light for growth, Schefflera Taiwaniana does like bright light and a well-drained potting mix.
What is Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a flowering plant species in the Araliaceae family native to Taiwan, where it grows in coniferous woods at elevations of 2,000–3,000 m (6,600–9,800 ft.).
It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to a height of 4 meters (13 feet) and a width of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). Up to 11 ovate leaflets are grouped radially around a central stalk on large leaves up to 15 cm (5.9 in) in length (palmately compound).
Silver hairs cover the young leaves, whereas the adult leaves have a smooth surface. Late summer blooms are followed by black berries in the winter, which provide a valuable food source for insects and birds.
Schefflera Taiwaniana, a relative of the ivies (Hedera), is one of numerous species of the very diverse genus Schefflera (umbrella plants) that are planted for their attractive leaf.
Once grown, it is hardy to ten degrees Celsius (fourteen degrees Fahrenheit), while immature plants may require some frost protection. It benefits from being planted in a protected location with other plants to ensure enough humidity.
When does Schefflera Taiwaniana flower?
Schefflera Taiwaniana will reach peak bloom between 8 to 10 months. The flowers are white, multi-petaled and produced in a terminal cluster or panicle.
Flowers will reach 3 inches in diameter, although only one at a time is produced per leaf node, so multiple blooms can be expected even from a single plant. Individual bloom stalks can also be 2 inches thick. Blooming occurs from September to October.
Schefflera Taiwaniana requires light to initiate flowering. Once the plants are mature, you will see the multi-petaled blooms around September or October in a leafy bract. Once bloomed, you will see fruit and seed formed around December to January.
Where does Schefflera grow in Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana can be found in Taiwan, where it is native to the mountain regions of Yushan, Wudong and Nonsi Pans. It is also a common indoor plant as an ornamental plant in many countries worldwide; one example being the United States.
It can be found in some specialty nurseries and garden centers. Schefflera Taiwaniana thrives on neglect, making it a very good houseplant. It tolerates low light and low humidity. However, plants in bright light can develop healthier leaves and may require less pruning (it is best to prune its leaves when it is repotted).
It has been grown indoors as far north as Alaska, so it can also tolerate low temperatures. It is one of the few tropical plants that can grow outdoors year-round in temperate regions, because it is a deciduous plant. It requires little maintenance and is considered an ideal houseplant for those with busy lifestyles.
How do you take care of a Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana are very easy to take care of. All they require is adequate light, good soil and regular watering. It can tolerate low light conditions and dry soil. It is well-suited to the household in a decorative container or indoors as a houseplant.
Schefflera Taiwaniana requires a deciduous plant grown indoors, meaning they do not require much light. This makes them ideal for vertical gardens and also grows very well as an indoor houseplant.
They are considered easy to take care of as they can tolerate dry situations and fear of low light conditions making them ideal for growing indoors. The following are the factors to consider when caring for Schefflera Taiwaniana;
Light is very important when caring for a Schefflera Taiwaniana plant. When grown outdoors, it requires full sun to grow. Lack of sunlight does not lead to growth. It cannot tolerate shade from other plants or buildings and will eventually die off if left in the shade for too long. It thrives in direct sunlight with its foliage growing large and leaves turning dark green or bronze-colored.
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a moisture-loving plant. It needs watering regularly to grow well. If it does not get enough water it will show signs of stress such as wilting and turning of leaves yellow. Its soil must always be kept moist. However, do not over water it and make sure the soil is well drained, but not dry before re-watering the plant.
The soil the plant is grown in must be permeable. Top soil or organic potting mix should be used to prepare the soil when it is repotted. The compost and drainage qualities must be considered when choosing a good potting mix as this will ensure proper aeration of the plant and help prevent root diseases.
Schefflera Taiwaniana can tolerate low temperatures. However, they prefer warm and humid environments. When grown indoors as houseplants, they do well in temperatures between 15 and 25 °C. If the temperature drops below 10 °C, the plant may enter a state of semi dormancy.
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a tropical plant, so it prefers humid conditions. If grown outdoors in warm climates, the plant does well with high humidity. Households that have air-conditioning or dry heat in winter can produce dry air that could adversely affect the houseplant. This can be countered by misting the leaves every few days to raise humidity levels and to maintain healthy foliage while indoors.
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a self-cloning plant. This means that it grows from the roots, as stems and then leaves. It is also a stem rooting plant, so it does not require division and can propagate from buds and stems of its own growing. When placing the root ball in soil, place no more than 3 to 4 buds or stems per 1 inch of potting soil. To keep the roots moist and healthy, apply a diluted liquid fertilizer once every two weeks to ensure good growth.
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a fast growing plant and mostly grows as tall as 1 to 2.3 metres. When grown to such a height, it can develop root rot and die off in due time. To prevent this, it should be repotted every 6 to 12 months in soil that is larger than its roots and is porous.
Pruning of stems, leaves and buds is very important to keep the plant healthy. The best time for pruning is before the plant sends out new buds or shoots for the following season. It should be pruned when in active growth, as new fresh leaves can be formed from this.
Schefflera Taiwaniana require time to allow the nutrients in the soil to be taken up and used by the plant’s roots. This means that fertilizer applied at one time will not have any immediate effect on the plant. It is best to apply a diluted liquid fertilizer twice a month so as to feed your plant with a continuous supply of nutrients.
Pests and Diseases
Schefflera Taiwaniana is generally a pest-free plant. However, they are prone to aphids and spider mites. This can be treated with an insecticide or spraying of water from a garden hose.
Stems and leaves may also be attacked by pests such as mealy bugs and scale insects, which can be controlled by washing them off the plant with soapy water, or wiping them off the stem with a damp cloth.
How big does Schefflera Taiwaniana get?
Schefflera Taiwaniana are fast growing plants. Depending on the light, temperature, water and soil conditions they can grow over a period of time up to height of 2 meters. They can grow as much as 2 to 3 meters tall.
Its leaves can grow up to 25 cm while its stems can grow up to 5 cm in diameter. Light condition, temperature, water and soil conditions should be taken into consideration when growing a Schefflera Taiwaniana.
When grown as houseplants, it grows very well and can be grown up to 2 metres high. Its leaves grow up to 18 cm long and rely on being able to choose the best time for pruning so as not to let it get too big.
It prefers slightly acidic soil that is not too rich in nutrients while the plant requires sufficient sunlight. Watering is also important when grown as a houseplant.
What is the average Schefflera Taiwaniana plant lifespan?
The average lifespan of a potted Schefflera Taiwaniana depends on the conditions of its growing environment and how regularly it is taken care of. To prolong its life span, it should be repotted every 6 to 12 months in larger sized pots that can accommodate its growth.
In ideal conditions, it can live for up to 10 years when grown as indoor houseplant or in a conservatory or patio outside. Growing it as a patio is a better option as it will get more sunlight and will be able to grow much bigger.
Temperature and humidity should be monitored so that the plant does not get stressed and develop brown or withered leaves (Chlorosis).