Deets: The Schefflera Amate has a beautiful, rounded form. It’s hard not to love a plant with glossy eye-catching foliage and a stunning form; oh yes it is. It’ll develop into a tree form as it ages but you can pinch it back to prevent that. It takes up a piece of real estate in your home because it grows a bit wider as it grows tall.
Most houseplants are native to the tropics or subtropics and the Amate is no different. What sets it apart and kicks it up a notch is the abundance of large leaves. I find this plant, commonly called an Umbrella Tree, easy to care for.
Name(s): Schefflera actinophylla 'Amate / Common Name: 'Umbrella Tree'
Water: Like most houseplants, this 1 doesn’t like to be kept consistently moist. Overwatering will lead to root rot & then leaf spot & perhaps powdery mildew. I water mine thoroughly every 7 days here in this hot climate. In winter back it off to every 9-14 days depending on the weather.
If you think yours looks stressed due to lack of humidity, fill the saucer with pebbles & water. Put the plant on the pebbles but make sure the drain holes &/or the bottom of the pot aren’t submerged in water. Misting a few times a week would also be appreciated.
Light: Schefflera Amate Plants will tolerate fluorescent light, but prefer bright light from a windowsill for several hours. Eastern or western facing windows generally provide enough light for Schefflera to be happy.
Schefflera Amate Plants do well in part to full shade. They can tolerate full sun but will grow more slowly, and foliage may burn when first planted outside.
Grower: Beginners, all types.
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