How to Prune a Leggy Hawaiian Schefflera

Could you please tell me the name of my plant how to prune it. It has gotten terribly leggy looking.

Hi Tammy,

Your plant is called a Hawaiian Schefflera, and it loves to be pruned. I would cut back any branch that only has leaves at the end and large sections that are bare. New growth will develop directly below the cut you make in the stem. You can use the stem cuttings to start new plants if you want. Don’t be timid and only cut a few inches, you need to at least 3/4’s off the length of a bare stem.

You can read all my care tips for a Hawaiian schefflera in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.