Aralia Plant – Balfour

A Balfour Aralia plant is an evergreen plant native to Africa, Asia, Australia, parts of North and Central America, and South America. The distinct leaves of a Balfour Aralia resemble leathery, round, dinner plates about 1″- 2″ in diameter, which is how the plant got its nickname, the Dinner Plate Aralia.  The leaves can range in color from light green to dark green and some varieties have green and cream colored variegated leaves. Aralias are not  good houseplants for beginners since they are easy to over- water which results in root rot and leaves falling off.  These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that can be dangerous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

                 

Polyscisias Pinnata        Polyscias crispata

FAQ

How Do I Know When to Re-pot My Balfour Aralia?

Balfour Aralias like to be in small pots since that allows the fine roots to dry out quickly and not develop root rot. Re-pot an Aralia Plant only when the roots of the plant have filled the existing pot.

We Keep Our Balfour Aralia in Our Sun Room and It Was Doing Beautifully. Why Did Our Aralia Plant Suddenly Start to Drop Leaves in December?

Aralia Plants are very sensitive to cold temperatures. If the temperature goes much below 60 degrees, an Aralia Plant will start dropping leaves.