To propagate the Schefflera, it is best to use head or stem cuttings. With these tips, it will be very easy for you to raise offspring.
The Schefflera is a robust houseplant that is best propagated using non-woody cuttings. This works with the ray aralia via head or partial cuttings. Leaf cuttings are not suitable as they do not produce new shoots.
The Schefflera is best propagated using cuttings in summer. Head cuttings should be eight to ten centimeters long and have three to five pairs of leaves, stem cuttings have one eye. To root, the shoot tips are stuck in potting soil, stem cuttings are embedded horizontally in the earth. Make sure you have enough heat and moisture. Roots also form in a glass of water.
How do you propagate the Schefflera?
Head cuttings are usually the optimal method of propagation because you get beautiful young plants right away. For head cuttings, cut the shoot ends with three to five pairs of leaves. They should be eight to ten inches long. The shoot must not be too soft. Use a sharp knife to avoid crushing the stem of the plant.
The tool should be disinfected before cutting. This minimizes the risk of illness. Cut a leaf knot. In the area of the leaf attachment, the plant has many growth substances, which is important for rooting. Then remove the bottom leaves.
Another possibility is to multiply the houseplants using stem cuttings. You can use the stem tip of the Schefflera as a shoot tip cuttings and divide the remaining shoot into short pieces of five to eight centimeters. Each section needs an eye. The cutting shoots new leaves from the dormant leaf base, the small knobs.
The roots form on the underside. One or two leaves are left on. However, stem cuttings are often a little more difficult to handle because the leaves make them top-heavy and easily fall over.
With both variants, the interface should dry for a few hours. The cuttings are best cut in summer when the shoots of the plants have reached a certain degree of maturity.
Aralia cuttings (Schefflera arboricola) reliably form roots in water
Propagating Schefflera: How do the cuttings take root?
The cuttings can be rooted in a glass of water or placed directly in potting soil. When rooting in water, make sure that there are no leaves in the water. The water should be changed regularly to keep it clean. If enough roots show up after three to four weeks, plant the cuttings.
Tip: If you want to raise a particularly large number of offspring, place a long shoot with the entire, defoliated trunk in the water, and only after it has rooted it divides it into a shoot tip cuttings and many partial trunk cuttings. Because roots can grow out of every sleeping eye.
Alternatively, you can embed the head and trunk cuttings directly in the ground. If you want to cultivate the offspring of the ray aralia later in hydroponics, you can let the cuttings root in moist expanded clay. Then you shouldn’t add any nutrients. Only when the rooted young plants have been moved do you start fertilizing.
How do the cuttings grow?
For cuttings, the propagation substrate must be low in nutrients. You can use ready-made potting soil or mix the substrate of peat and sand in equal parts. You fill the earth into a pot, press it firmly and insert the shoot tips. In the case of trunk cuttings, they are embedded horizontally in the earth.
Growing boxes are better suited here. You already have a cover. Under the tense air, the cuttings root faster in the moist heat. If you don’t have a plastic hood, you put a transparent plastic bag over the container. The most critical time is until the cutting has taken root.
Make sure that the nutrient medium is constantly moist. But the floor must not be waterlogged. In the absence of oxygen, roots cannot form. The average temperature should be around 21 degrees Celsius. The location should be bright, for example on a window sill above the heater.
Even in a pot with nutrient-poor soil, the Schefflera cutting must be kept constantly moist
Sowing the Schefflera is not common
The cultivation from seeds succeeds only from fresh seeds in horticultural warm-bed culture. For the hobby sector, the Schefflera seed is not available in stores. Generative propagation via seeds would also be too time-consuming and costly in culture since the houseplant can be propagated vegetatively without any problems. The same goes for mosses.