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Leaves Are Falling Off My Schefflera – Help!

Ask the Expert: why do the leaves keep falling off of my scheffera
schefflera keeps loosing it leaves, i water it about twice a week – Sue

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  1. Pooja,

    I believe there are four possible problems with your schefflera plant. Dropping leaves can result from too much watering, too little watering, low root oxygen levels or stress. I don’t believe that you are over-watering since you wait to water until the top soil is dry. Have you moved the plant lately? Read this article and see if any of these conditions sounds like your situation. I hope this information helps! Let me know if I can assist in any other way.

  2. Renita Radmer says:

    We have our Scheffelera in a large pot that waters from the bottom. Do you think that is ok? It does lose green leaves periodically but still getting good growth. Has a couple partially brown leaves. just curious why leaves falling off.

  3. Renita,

    If the pot has drainage holes or a way for any extra water to drain, it should be fine. There are several reasons why your plant might be losing leaves. If your plant is still getting new growth, you should be okay. Here is a blog post that explains the different reasons why your plant might be losing leaves. I hope this information helps.

  4. Moved here Oct, my Scheff is dropping leaves! I have it in my living room corner and it gets early morning Sunrise till after 11 O’Clock. East Corner! I have Chop Sticks to help me with Watering! Please help me , I don’t want to lose it! Height is 4 to 5 ft tall! Thanks for all help . Mrs C.

  5. Hi Edith,

    Schefflera require an evenly moist environment. Water moderately during growth and keep only moist to the touch in winter. During the growing season, allow the soil to dry between watering. However, do not leave the soil dry for too long or allow your Schefflera to sit in water which could lead to many pathogen and performance problems for your plant. Leaves that turn black and drop are signs of excessive water. Too little water causes the tips of the leaves to curl or wrinkle. As for lighting, Schefflera plants flourish in areas with a lot of light. Care for schefflera houseplants by placing them in rooms with bright filtered or indirect light. It sounds like you have your plant placed in a good area. I would suggest reading this article that explains how to care for a Schefflera. You might find more helpful information.

  6. Help!! I have had my Scheff for years and I bring it in during the winter months. This year it is dropping leaves faster than I can pick them up! Both yellow and brown. What am I doing wrong? I put it in front of a window and water when the soil dries out.

    Thanks in advance!!

  7. Jamie Woods says:

    It could be possible that your Schefflera is getting too much, or even not enough sun from the window. If the plant isn’t getting enough light the leaves will turn yellow and drop off. Make sure the plant is in bright light. However, directly in front of a window can cause a burning issue with the leaves. Also, if there is a cold draft in the area where you have your Scheff, this could also be causing the leaves to drop. The most important thing to watch for is new growth. As long as there is new growth, your plant should be fine. There are some more helpful tips in this article as well: http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/why-is-my-schefflera-losing-leaves/
    Hope this helps!

  8. Eddie Mattison says:

    Rachel, I wanted to see your blog/article, but it isn’t showing up in these posts? Could you please post again, or a link? Thanks.

  9. Tonya Clark says:

    My Schefflera arboricola Gold Capella is turning green only. Still growing though. What is wrong?

  10. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Tonya,
    If your plant is growing well, I wouldn’t worry too much. The leaves may begin to change as the plant grows more.

  11. Jan Robinson says:

    I recieved a schefflera with braided trunk for my mother in laws funeral. A few days afterwards, it started losing leaves badly. i checked, and there were little white specks on all of the new growth. i treated it with a pesticide, and seemed to be doing better. Actually was getting new growth on the braided trunk. Now the new growth is shriveling and dying. I keep it moist but not wet – water once a week. It gets plenty of light. What is causing every single new bit of growth to die?

  12. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Jan,
    If your Schefflera is in direct light, this can burn the new growth and cause it to shrivel and die. Also, if your plant is located near an air vent, the change in temperatures can cause leaves to fall off. It’s possible you still have an insect problem. Use a magnifying glass to check your new growth, then treat accordingly. Scheffleras are pretty resilient plants, so don’t give up on it just yet!

  13. Selina Field says:

    Hey. My umbrella plants new growth is turning black and Crispin up and dying. Its been very happy up until a few months ago. I repotted it and all the leaves look green and healthy except for thr new growth. When one doesnr fall off it grows all crinkly. Could this be bugs? Ive been spraying with a soapy solution past month & nothing is getting better… Help! Please 😇

  14. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Selina,
    Leaves turning black and falling off are signs of excessive watering. Does your new pot drain as well as your old one?

  15. I have a 10 foot umbrella plant that is losing leaves. They look green and healthy when I find them on the floor. Many falling off. Some are brown. Any advice?

  16. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Kelli,
    The leaf drop could be caused by many different things. It could be a natural shedding of old leaves. In this case, watch for new growth, and your plant should be fine. Drastic temperature changes (like being near an air vent), over watering, under watering, low humidity, and chilling can also cause leaf drop. If you have been using cold water for you plant, try lukewarm instead, this will prevent chilling. Check your soil to determine if your plant needs more or less water, and if it is near an air vent, you will need to move it. Once you can determine which of these is the problem, you should be able to correct it.

  17. watering too much.wait til its completely dry then give good soak and they dont like sitting in the drain water either

  18. Hello;

    I rescued a schefflera tree from someone who was throwing it away. I changed the soil, watered it real good, and gave it fertilizer. It really started doing good, then all of a sudden, all of the leaves and stems started falling off and now all I have is a bare branch! Please provide any assistance, because I don’t want to lose my tree!

  19. Hello my Schefflera is not green anymore & leaves are falling, I have it by the window & is getting plenty of light. The colorm right now is like grey. Please help.

  20. Jamie Woods says:

    It sounds like your Schefflera has possibly been overfertilized. You might also want to check for root rot.

  21. Jamie Woods says:

    If your Schefflera is by a window, it may be getting too much light. It needs bright indirect light. You may also want to check for pests. You may need to use a magnifying glass to see certain pests, like spider mites and thrips.

  22. David F(devo) Faber says:

    Can you cut back bare limbs where the leaves have fallen off? How far can you cut back?

  23. Jamie Woods says:

    You should be able to cut by to the main trunk/stem of the plant.

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