David H
David H
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  • Tucker, GA
Asked on Dec 6, 2011

I have a 12ft Umbrella plant. I need to remove 3 to 4ft off the top. Is there anything I need to know about doing this?

PatDouglas HuntMike and Anne


6 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Dec 7, 2011

    Scheffleras are very tolerant of pruning, David. I would not do so until late winter or early spring, however, as pruning will promote growth, which is not what you want heading into winter.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Dec 7, 2011

    David, Are you talking about the houseplant (here in Zone 7) that Douglas is talking about?

  • David H
    on Dec 7, 2011

    This is an indoor plant, the temperature ranges from 60 - 80. Can an indoor plant tell if it is winter or spring?

  • Mike and Anne
    on Dec 8, 2011

    Scheffleras can be pruned in the fall in a greenhouse but they are slow to put on new growth. As a houseplant they are more affected by the number of hours of light so the new growth may not start until days start getting longer. I (Anne) don't cut mine back until February so it doesn't look ugly quite as long.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Dec 8, 2011

    I had my "Florida" hat on. Schefflera not only grows outside here, it 's on the invasive list.

  • Pat
    on Mar 22, 2015

    We cut at least 5 to 6 feet off our Florida scheffleras every spring before rainy season. They come back beautiffuly.

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