Pronounced (schef-lera el-e-gan-tiss-i-ma)
With eye-catching foliage, Schefflera elegantissima has easily become a shop favorite. Though there are no cultivars or varieties of this species rather, foliage will differ depending on maturity of the plant. Juvenile plants will have more textured leaves while adult specimen with have deeper lobes, a mature specimen is pictured above. In your home, false aralia's will prefer bright and indirect light, and prefer to have some air circulation, as well as good drainage in their planting mediums. It likes to be moist but not soggy, so a blend of perlite and peat moss can make a good baseline for planting, ensuring humidity will also help to ensure a happy houseplant. Leaf drop will occur with these plants if they are not receiving frequent enough waterings, so be sure the soil does not dry too much in between waterings. These plants are not pest tolerant, and it is important to check in with them frequently, especially in winter, to catch an infestation early. Feeding needs are on the lighter side, and the false aralia can be fed with a gentle fertilizer 1-3 times during the planting season. Though slow growing, these houseplants will reach 5-8 feet in height with maturity.
Pronounced (pep-er-ROH-mee-a gra-vee-OH-lens)
Pronounced (poly-poh-dee-uhm oar-ee-uhm)
A popular houseplant, this blue-green fern changes dramatically in size once it matures maxing out at 12-50" in height with a 4-20" spread. An excellent choice for those with North or East facing light in their homes, though will work in most light aside from direct or scorching light. We recommend planting in 1 part potting mix to 1 part epiphytic mix, such as orchid bark, moss, etc. In nature this fern is both terrestrial and epiphytic and will prefer a richer soil as such. A shallow and wide container is preferred over a deep and narrow pot so that the rhizomes have enough space to spread. Watering should be tailored so that the soil is moist but not wet, with no sitting water, misting with water is appreciated but not necessary. In time fronds will grow larger and more lobed as the plant matures. Fertilizer is not necessary, but a diluted fertilizer can be applied during summer growing season, take care to not overload the plant.