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Help with my schefflera

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by Tonya on May 03, 2006 01:49 AM
I am not sure how to make this poor plant bushy instead of lanky. I rescued it from a friend and it has come a long way, but has only 2 stems that made it and they are growing taller, but not bushing out....please help! It sits beside a window and gets watered about every week or week and a half, terra cotta pot and regular potting soil. It seems healthy and is growing, just looks puny. Can I root come cuttings? [dunno]

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by RugbyHukr on May 03, 2006 03:25 AM
pruning will cause it to bush

cut the stems and 2 shoots will grow from the cut

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by Budman on May 03, 2006 05:09 AM
I have a Schefflera that I have cut back at least seven times and it always comes back with more branches and a better shape. It still eventually gets a bit "leggy" and I just cut it back again....
by Tonya on May 04, 2006 02:25 AM
Thanks! Can I root the cuttings? I love the plant and would love to have more.

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by loz on May 04, 2006 02:35 AM
Last year when Jiffy came to visit me she had a huge Schefflera in her car that her MIL had given to her.

She cut me off some pieces and I stuck them in some water for a while...didn't do anything special to them. And actually they weren't in the water for that long...Maybe a week or a week and a half.

I planted all 3 cuttings in the same pot and kept it well watered for a while and they are now growing beautifully....I just repotted them all and gave one to my mom! [thumb]
by Tonya on May 05, 2006 01:46 AM
I pruned them back a little and stuck the cuttings in the pot and watered the whole thing well...we'll see what happens. Thanks! [thumb]

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by TomR on May 07, 2006 12:41 AM
You can root the cuttings. I use 3-4 inch sections and place in potting mix. Keep the soil moist.

Tom

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by Tonya on May 07, 2006 12:52 AM
So far, so good! None of the clippings have wilted and seem to be doing well. Thanks guys! [clappy]

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