How to Prune a Tall Schefflera HousePlant

Hi Judy,
First of, what great website you have. My question is how far down do I cut my what I’m assuming is a Schefflera? It was a rescue about a foot and a half tall when I got it. Now it has gone beyond my 8ft ceiling. Also can I take what’s been cut back into lengths and put directly into same pot. Please see attached photos. Don’t want to kill it, but I have to do something preferably the right thing

Hi Deborah,

What a beautiful schefflera! If you want a shorter plant, you can prune anywhere along the main stem/trunk. New growth will develop directly below where you make the cut and sometimes even along the entire remaining trunk. Make the cut right above a leaf node on the stem. A leaf node is where a leaf has sprouted. The large piece you cut off can be used to propagate new plants. Cut sections on the trunk you removed into 8″-1o” sections. There should be around three to five leaf clusters on a section you want to root. ┬áPlace the cutting into 6″ pot of moist soil and place in 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 barely moist at all times. In about 3-4 weeks tug gently on the cutting; if there is some resistance, it means the roots have started to grow.