Schefflera arboricola ‘Capella’ – Umbrella plant

This Umbrella Plant is Easy to Grow.

All Scheffleras are outstanding and easy to grow indoor plants. In temperate locals, they are large and graceful tropical plants.  In colder climates, they are often used in interior decorating for the homes and offices. They are superb and long-lasting houseplant and easy to grow.

Schefflera arboricola 'Capella' - Umbrella plantSchefflera arboricola ‘Capella’ is also known as a dwarf Umbrella plant.  The leaves form in clusters of 7-9 leaflets and, looking at them, it is easy to see why it is called an umbrella plant.  

Schefflera arboricola 'Capella' - Umbrella plant leavesThe umbrella plant is easy to grow.  Just follow these simple tips:

  • Temperature:  Keep above 40 degrees F.  Not hardy in most zones below zone 9.
  • Watering:  Keep evenly moist. Don’t let it either dry out or sit in water.
  • Fertilize:  Add an all purpose fertilizer monthly when actively growing.
  • Size:  Grows to about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide indoors.
  • Light:  Bright filtered light.  The variegation is best when the plant is near a window.  In low light the leaves are more likely to be mainly green.
  • Pruning:  Prune regularly to keep the plant bushy.
  • Humidity:  Additional humidity in the form of misting will mean a very healthy plant!

Schefflera arboricola 'Capella' - Umbrella plant

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  6 comments for “Schefflera arboricola ‘Capella’ – Umbrella plant

  1. Nancy A Bartlett
    02/27/2018 at 4:06 pm

    I need to re pot the plant,i have had now for a year. I need to know what kind of pot and soil to use. It’s a indoor plant.

    • Carol
      02/27/2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Nancy. Generally you will repot into a pot 1/3 larger than the existing one and use fresh all purpose potting soil. Carol

  2. janis wallin
    10/31/2018 at 2:30 pm

    one of my stalks is mostly brown and the stems of leaves are really dropping. Should I prune it or just cut the stalk. It looks in bad shape. Can I use scissors to cut the stalk or just add water and more fertilizer. The other two stalks look pretty good. How do I prune it? Can I save this plant?

    • Carol
      10/31/2018 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Janis. Brown stalks can be either a case of overwatering or underwatering (apart from major diseases) If the stem is mushy and brown, it’s been watered too much. IF it’s brittle and brown, this indicates lack of watering.

      It is not a good idea to fertilize damaged plants, especially this time of the year. You can cut the stalk, but it will send up two new shoots at the point where you cut them, which will change the look of the shape.

      You can also cut the whole brown stalk off and this won’t hurt the plant, since the other two stalks are healthy looking. Carol

      • Margaret
        11/06/2019 at 10:49 am

        I bought this plant at the supermarket about a month and a half ago. At first it lost lots of leaves, but now it seems ok. There look to be 3 separate plants, tho, three stems. Should I repot them and expect three plants? It’s November in New England and the dropping leaves problem just ended, so I’m worried about stressing the plant more, also.

        • Carol Speake
          11/09/2019 at 11:19 am

          You can separate a plant with three stems to get three plants but this does stress the plant. Since it has been dropping leaves, I would just care for it as one plant. Also, three plants together will be more bushy than one on its own.

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