My houseplant doesn’t seem to be doing well. I water it once a week and keep it in direct sunlight, but every day more and more of the leaves are yellowing. Can you identify the plant I have and tips for caring for it?
Your plant is called a Hawaiian Schefflera or Arboricola. A Schefflera need 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. but NEVER direct sun. Yellow leaves develop when the plant needs more water and is getting burned by the sun. When you water, be sure the water comes out the bottom drip holes in the pot and do not water again until the top 50% of the soil has dried out.