Schefflera ‘Moondrop’ Umbrella Plant – 8cm
Schefflera arboricola ‘moondrop’ is also commonly known as the dwarf umbrella plant and umbrella tree.
The umbrella tree is actually part of the Ivy family and is native to Australia.
Moondrop has mostly dark glossy green leaves with some striking white/ yellow variegation. It grows as one main trunk, sometimes having two or three branches with lots of stems growing up the sides, each brand holding a number of leaves set out in an umbrella spoke design, hence the name.
With this plant being the dwarf variety it only grows to a maximum height of 3-4 feet. Perfect if you don’t have much ceiling height in your home or work space.
This plant is toxic to humans and animals
Not sold with ceramic not shown in picture
*Please note plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival*
Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for. West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny window.
Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 15°C-25°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
Normal humidity – This plant is okay with normal humidity. If you find your house is really dry you can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.
Toxic to humans and animals.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.