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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!

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