Indoor Schefflera Plant Losing Leaves

Hi Judy: 4 months ago we purchased a beautiful schefflera for our entry area. It has consistently lost leaves at a slow rate, but has always produced new baby leaves – both seemed to cancel each other out. Now, it’s losing lots of leaves and I don’t know what to do. The front door is never opened, so there’s no draughts. The temperature indoors is pretty consistent – between 70-80 degrees. All the other large plants in the house need watering every 3-4 days because our summers are hot, and they are near windows. But 2-3 weeks can go by and the sensor we bought shows the soil is always wet. It seems to take FOREVER to dry out.
I’d really, really appreciate any advice you can please give. Thank u very very very much!

 

Hi Irini,

Shiny, green Hawaiian Schefflera Plant
Hawaiian Schefflera
Arboricola

If the plant is losing green leaves it is over watered; if the plant is losing yellow leaves it needs more water.

Water sensors are not always reliable! The chemicals and salts in the soil can cause incorrect readings. When you water, water well enough so  that the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Then allow the top 25-30% of the soil to dry out before watering again. I’d suggest that you take the plant out of the pot and get rid of all of the wet soil. Allow it to sit out, bare root, overnight. Repot with dry soil. The pot should only be a couple of inches larger than the root ball of the plant. Place the plant in bright, indirect light.

Schefflera plants are considered poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to poisonous houseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them..

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

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/schefflera-umbrella-plant-how-to-grow-care-for-a-schefflera-plant