False Aralia Losing Leaves

This plant is losing leaves like crazy. They are drying up, turning black and falling off. I don’t know what plant is called. How do I restore it to health

Hi Laurie,

Your plant is called a False aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima also called a Schefflera elegantissima)

False Aralia houseplants like to stay in one place. Moving a False Aralia to a new location can cause leaf drop.  Low humidity is another cause of leaf drop as is temperatures below 60°. You may want to set the plant on a tray of wet pebbles (be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water) or place a small humidifier next to it to increase the humidity. Here are some plant care tips for a False Aralia plant.

Light: Place a False Aralia Plant in bright indirect light, never direct sun

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity is important for a False Aralia.

Water: Water a False Aralia well, until the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Allow the top 1″-2″ of soil to dry out before watering again. Wilted leaves usually mean the plant is over-watered.

Temperature: False Aralias like warm temperatures between 65-85°F, 18-29°C. If the temperature dips below 60 degrees, a False Aralia may lose leaves.

fertilizer: Feed a False Aralia every 2 weeks in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a well balanced liquid plant food. Feed an Aralia monthly in the fall and winter. Always dilute the plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength.