Umbrella Tree Janine
Dwarf Umbrella Tree ‘Janine’ (Schefflera arboricola)
One of the easiest plants for indoor growing, Dwarf Umbrella Tree ‘Janine’ can tolerate low light and dry home environments and still look great! The attractive leaves have creamy white variegation with splashes of green and they radiate from a central point giving the appearance of an open umbrella. Due to its dwarf habit, ‘Janine’ also makes an ideal subject for bonsai culture.
- Lighting: bright to sunny, the green leaved forms also do good in light shade
- Soil: a regular potting mix
- Watering: allow to moderately dry between the waterings
- Feeding: monthly from spring to late summer with a standard liquid fertilizer,
new bought or recently repotted Dwarf Umbrella Trees don’t need to be fed for the first year
- Temperature: average warmth the year round, the variegated cultivars need a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F and the green forms are tolerating 12 °C/53 °F
- Propagation: cuttings
Lighting: The variegated cultivars grow best if placed bright to sunny. The green leaved forms also do good in light shade.
Soil: Regular potting mixes for indoor plants or herbs can be used. I’m using peat free vegetable or herb mixes for most of my container plants.
Watering: Let approximately 3/4 of the soil dry out between the waterings.
Feeding: If the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is in active growth – from spring to late summer – a standard liquid fertilizer can be given monthly.
Don’t feed fresh bought or recently repotted plants for the first year.
Temperature: Schefflera arboricola likes it warm the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °C/59 °F for the variegated cultivars and 12 °C/53 °F for the green leaved forms.
Propagation: Cuttings root after 2 to 4 weeks.
The Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) is native to China and Taiwan. In its natural habitat it can reach up to 4 meters in height.