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HELLO. I RECEIVED THIS PLANT FOR MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL LAST WEEK AND WAS PURCHASED IN COVINGTON VA. LITTLE CLAY POT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE NAME OF THE PLANT AND HOW TO CARE FOR IT. IS IT A HOUSE PLANT OR CAN BE PLANTED OUT DOOR'S ANY INFO YOU CAN GIVE WILL GREATLY BE APPRECIATED. THANKS,
You have a Schefflera arboricola. This plant doesn't like temperatures under 59 degrees, so I would recommend using it as a house plant. Schefflera have moderate to low light requirements and enjoy temperatures ranging from 59 to 70 degrees. If plants are kept too cold leaves will drop off. Keep plant lightly moist. From April thru August, feed with a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Insufficient fertilizing will cause stunted growth and pale leaves. To keep it shapely prune to encourage branching. Plants needed to be repotted about every two years or if pot size is inappropriate for plant size. Watch for spider mites (the prime pests for Schefflera -- they thrive in very warm conditions). Although spider mites can only be seen with a magnifying glass, your plant will exhibit leaf discoloration and other symptoms to alert you. Don't be alarmed if your plant is stressed for the next few weeks. Your Schefflera will go thru transplant stock from it's traveling. Follow the above guideline and it will be fine. I hope this helps. If you need any other information please contact me. Flower Shop Network has an article on houseplants that might give you some more information: go to House Plants For Interiors.