Please Identify Mystery House Plant Tree
This plant/tree came with the house, but I haven’t a clue what it is. Help!
Your plant has a lot of names because biologists can’t quite decide what category to put it into. Most people refer to it as a False Aralia. The scientific name is now Schefflera elegantissima. It used to be Dizygotheca. Here are some tips to help you care for your new plant.
Light: Medium to 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.. No direct sun.
Water: Too much water, resulting in root rot, is the main reason a False Aralia dies. Allow the top 30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can drain out.
Fertilizer: An Aralia plant requires very little fertilizer. Feed every other month when it’s actively growing with a plant food high in nitrogen at 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed during the winter.
Temperature: Aralia plants prefer temperatures between 60-85 degrees.
Humidity: High humidity helps Aralia plants grow. Dry air, due to low humidity, is one of the reasons Aralia plants drop leaves.
Soil: Aralia Plants need a peat-based, well-aerated, light soil. This type of quick draining potting medium prevents water from accumulating in the soil and causing the roots to disintegrate.
Pot: For such a large plant, Aralia plants do much better when root- bound in smaller pots. Being in smaller pots also helps the soil dry out faster and prevents over- watering.
Please let me know if you need any more information.