What is the best way to repot a Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana grow well when repotted with freshly composted soil. They do not like to be transplanted into pots containing soil that is too clay-rich. This is because a Schefflera Taiwaniana needs light and airy soil so as to grow healthy.
The roots of the plant need to breathe, so it is best to repot at least once per year. Every 2 feet of height, 1 inch of soil is recommended. The organic potting mix should be moist while the soil in the pot should also be evenly moist.
The ideal soil should have a pH level between 6 and 7.5. The most important thing to note when repotting a Schefflera Taiwaniana is to not over-water the plant. This can lead to root rot, which will kill the plant.
Is Schefflera Taiwaniana Evergreen?
Schefflera Taiwaniana does not deciduous. It is an evergreen plant that undergoes a semi-dormant period during which it loses its leaves, but not its roots. During this period, the plant grows fewer leaves and concentrates on its root system.
This can happen anytime – in winter or in summer. One common symptom of Schefflera Taiwaniana Chlorosis (dry foliage caused by lack of moisture) is the fraying or shredding of leaf edges. It usually grows very well in a garden in warm and humid coastal climates.
It can tolerate high heat, particularly if the air is moist and it is not exposed to direct sunlight. It also prefers a well-drained soil that is cool to touch with good drainage. Schefflera Taiwaniana is also known as the evergreen tree.
What does Schefflera Taiwaniana look like?
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a small- to medium-sized evergreen shrub that grows in the tropical dry forest on the mountains of Taiwan and China. The evergreen leaves are oval and heart-shaped, bright green and very glossy when young.
Leaves in mature plants tend to become a darker green with lighter edges. It can grow up to height of 2 meters. The plant is closely related to the umbrella-shaped Schefflera plant. However, it is not as popular as the umbrella-shaped Schefflera plant because of its dull appearance. The leaves are opposite and have an acute apex.
Is Schefflera Taiwaniana poisonous to cats?
Schefflera Taiwaniana is poisonous to cats if eaten. Cats are attracted to the leaves of the plant. If your cat has chewed on it and ingested any plant matter, please seek veterinary attention immediately if you suspect poisoning. It contains calcium oxalate crystals, which make the leaves and stems of the plant very poisonous to cats and dogs.
The most common symptoms of a cat that has eaten any part of a Schefflera Taiwaniana is liver failure. It will present with vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
If you suspect your cat has eaten any parts of the plant it is advised that you contact a veterinarian immediately. In dogs, oxalates cause the formation of kidney stones which can be fatal if untreated.
How do you propagate Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana is easy to propagate. The easiest way to propagate a Schefflera Taiwaniana is by stem or leaf or root cuttings. Inoculating would not be the most optimal method of propagation because it may lead to poor root growth. The following are the steps to follow when propagating by cuttings;
- Select a healthy and strong growing specimen.
- When you are taking your cuttings, make sure that the root system is healthy and strong, the plant is well watered, the cuttings are 3 to 4 inches long and that there is not disease or insects affecting this plant.
- Bury the cutting in a pot of soil.
- Place it in a warm, bright area out of direct sunlight and water it consistently until the cutting have rooted.
- Move the newly rooted plant to its own pot or place it outside once they have fully grown and developed their new root system.
- Prune the cuttings as needed for shape and size.
- When you are ready to transplant, make sure you remove the soil from around the root ball and keep the plant out of direct sunlight until transplanting is complete.
- Water regularly to allow the cuttings to establish themselves in their new home.
Is Schefflera Taiwaniana a perennial?
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a perennial plant that does not die after it flowers. However, it will not grow in the same form every year. The plant becomes dormant and loses its leaves shortly after it blooms and this period will last from 1 to 6 months.
Under ideal growing conditions, a Schefflera Taiwaniana can live for at least 10 years, but the average life span is about six years. If your Schefflera Taiwaniana grows well and flowers, it will be a good idea to leave it as an outdoor plant because it does not like direct sunlight during this period.
Schefflera Taiwaniana has long been used as a houseplant because of its small size and easy care. Its tiny flowers are white and grow in whorls of three. The plant can grow from 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, depending on growth conditions. This plant is also known as umbrella tree.
Does Schefflera Taiwaniana blooms?
Schefflera Taiwaniana blooms in the months of November and December. The plant usually flowers in the spring time. It can bloom any time of year with proper care, however. The flowers are a small, orange-yellow color and grow on wiry stalks. They grow in clusters that appear at the ends of the branches. Blooming season lasts for about two months.
The flowers open in the evening and close at dawn. The plant blooms in whorls of three, and there are usually a total of five flowers per whorl (three stalks with two on each). Schefflera Taiwaniana plants are dioeciously, which means the female plant will produce a dark red fruit.
How much light does a Schefflera Taiwaniana need?
Schefflera Taiwaniana needs direct, bright light. The plant does not like indirect sunlight. If you bring it inside in the winter, make sure it gets direct sunlight all day long. Schefflera Taiwaniana plants are tolerant of low light conditions, but they usually do not like it.
One of the biggest problems with the plant is that it begins to lose its leaves when there is insufficient light. This makes it much harder to keep this plant alive in the winter months if you cannot provide adequate lighting.
If you choose to bring Schefflera Taiwaniana inside during the winter, make sure that it gets direct sunlight all day long.
How often do you water Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana likes to be watered regularly to keep the soil slightly moist. If it is kept too dry, it will drop its leaves due to root stress. You should also check the soil daily or every other day because Schefflera can easily dry out. Watering should be done in the morning so that the water has time to drain from the pot.
If you are in an area that gets a lot of rain, you should not have to water your Schefflera frequently. If you live in a very dry area, you may need to water it every day. Placing it outside during the summer will help if it does not like being inside. However, remember that watering too much or letting it sit in water for an extended period will kill this plant.
How tall does a Schefflera Taiwaniana grow?
The height of a Schefflera Taiwaniana can be as high as 4 feet. The height of the plant depends on the growing conditions, quality and hardiness of the plant. In ideal conditions, it will reach heights of 3 to 4 feet tall, but it will become much shorter in less than ideal conditions.
Schefflera Taiwaniana is a tropical plant, so it will prefer warm, humid conditions. It can handle temperature fluctuations between 50°F and 82°F (10°C to 28°C) without any problems. If you live in a very cold area, you should bring this plant indoors during the winter months.
How do you prune Schefflera Taiwaniana?
Schefflera Taiwaniana can be easily pruned. Prune it as often as required, but be careful not to do it in the growing season. Pruning can be done by simply cutting off the leaves and growing points to control its size and shape. The following are the steps when pruning Schefflera Taiwaniana;
- When you prune off the leaves, do not let the pruned leaves touch the soil. Move them away from the soil to avoid rot.
- Cut the growing points of branches and leave enough space between the branches of new shoots, so that they can grow easily without bending and getting damaged.
- Prune young new growths (juvenile stems). As you prune them, do not cut all of their leaves before the new shoots are at least 1 ½ inch long.
- Prune back the oldest stems last and leave at least 3 pairs of leaves. Do not completely bare the old stems since they will be needed for next year’s growth. The stems being pruned should ideally have 1-4 branches and about 8 inches in length.
- Remove any diseased, damaged or dead parts on the Schefflera Taiwaniana plant.
- When done, with the help of a sharp clean blade, cut down the growth points of all leaves and stems. Remove any damaged or dead parts.
- After the pruning is completed, apply a balanced fertilizer to the soil around the plant to promote its healthy growth.
- Does not water it excessively after pruning as this will cause plant rot and stem decay.