False Aralia (Spider Aralia): How to Identify and Care For

What is the name of this plant and how do I care for it??


Your plant is a False aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima), other names are spider aralia or threadleaf aralia. Here are some care tips.

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

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity

Water: Water 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°F (15.6°C) a False Aralia may lose leaves.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.  : Feed every 2 weeks in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing with a well balanced liquid plant food. Feed monthly in the fall and winter. Always dilute the plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength.