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Arboricola Variegated 8”

Arboricola Variegated 8”

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions but will grow more slowly and may lose some of its variegation.
  • Placement: Place your plant near an east or north-facing window. If you place it in a south or west-facing window, ensure it receives filtered light through a sheer curtain to prevent leaf burn.


  • Frequency: Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt and drop.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' prefers moderate humidity levels but can tolerate the average humidity found in most homes. If the air is very dry, especially in winter, increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant occasionally.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 60-75°F (16-24°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, as it is sensitive to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mix designed for houseplants or a combination of peat, perlite, and a bit of compost works well for Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata'.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Schefflera every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly prune to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to maintain the plant’s shape. Pruning can also encourage bushier growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata'.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or poor drainage. Ensure proper watering practices and that the pot has adequate drainage.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Often caused by low humidity, inconsistent watering, or fluoride in tap water. Increase humidity, ensure even watering practices, and use distilled or rainwater if necessary.
  • Leggy Growth: Can be a sign of insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location with indirect light.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Rotation: Rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning towards the light source.
  • Observation: Pay attention to the plant’s overall health and make adjustments as needed. Healthy Schefflera arboricola 'Variegata' plants will have vibrant, sturdy leaves and show steady growth.

Care Instructions

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Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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