By Plant Liker •  Updated: 06/25/14 •  1 min read

Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla) AKA Umbrella Tree

schefflera purifies indoor air of toxic gases

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Also known as the umbrella tree, Schefflera was once the most popular indoor houseplant in the US, growing to an impressive height of 8 to 10 feet. A smaller variety, Schefflera arboricola, now offers homeowners a smaller version of this easy-to-grow air purifer.

Easy to grow for the neglectful beginner!

Prone to pests, so ensure your plant is pest-free before bringing it home and placing it in a spacious corner of your home. 



To prevent the plant from overtaking your living room, prune the main stems back to the point at which the leaves join the stem.

Water thoroughly and let dry between waterings; mist often. Feed every two weeks through March to September with a weak solution of fertilizer; feed once a month through the winter.  

Grow in standard potting soil, or, to let it thrive, in a hydroculture setup. 

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