PLANT OF THE WEEK

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Dwarf Schefflera/:

Dwarf Umbrella Plant :

Schefflera arbicola

Schefflera is one houseplant that never loses its popularity. Softly glossy leaves and dependability make it practically a family pet. Its unusual leaves are 3 inches long, and it grows to a height of up to 10 feet, suggesting tropical locales. The dark-green leaves come in variegated varieties, too. Schefflera plants like some light but not direct sunlight. From spring to fall, fertilize every other week, and let the soil dry at least 1 inch deep between watering. Never let it stand in water. Keep leaves shiny with an occasional sponge bath, and prune to keep it to your preferred size.

Ellen Nibali, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service

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