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.