How Do I Propagate a Hawaiian Schefflera?

I cut my twin hawaiian schefflera (trinette) beforei learned of air layeringLearn how to use Air Layering to propagate houseplants.. They and some leaves have been in water for 3 weeks w/ no roots or sprouts on parents yet. An i too impatient?

Hi Max,

Not quite sure what you’ve done so far, so I’ll start from the beginning.

The soil should be a mixture of  2 or 3 of the following:  perilite, vermiculite, peat moss or sand.  Use 4-5″ pot. Moisten the soil before inserting the stem cuttings.

You should use about a 6″ inch cutting from the end of an actively growing schefflera branch. Remove the bottom leaves and dip the cut end into some Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little.. Be sure to shake off any extra hormone. Plant the cutting in the soil about 2″ deep.

Put the pot in a warm bright spot where it gets bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times. It may take several weeks or a month or more for a schefflera to develop a root system. Gently tug on the stems every once in a while; if it doesn’t come out of the soil, it’s ready to be planted into the next size container using indoor potting soil.