SCHEFFLERA GOLD CAPELLA CARE GUIDE
Also known as the umbrella tree. The umbrella tree is native to Taiwan and Australia.
Saskia loves bright light and should be placed near a west or east facing window. If placed in a south facing room she should be moved at least one metre away from the window to avoid burning her foliage. Lighting wise Saskia pairs perfectly with Fiona, Lucy and Bonnie.
Saskia is not a drought-tolerant plant and should be watered regularly especially in the spring and summer months. Check the first few inches of soil with your finger and only water if the soil is dry. In the summer, she might need watering as frequently as once or twice a week but it’s always best to feel the moisture in her soil before you water. Check out our white and silver watering cans to keep Saskia hydrated.
Saskia can be placed in a humid room but does not need high levels of moisture in the air to thrive. Find out about controlling the humidity levels in your home here.
Saskia is a tropical plant and prefers a warm, draft-free environment. Place Saskia in a room that is at least 18ºC-25ºC.
Saskia is a fast-growing plant and should be fertilised once every 2-3 weeks in the growth season (March-September). Watch out for brown patches on her leaves as this could be a sign that she has been over-fertilised.
Use our peat free potting mix to repot Saskia. She might need repotting once every 12-18 months. Check for the large roots pushing out of her nursery pot before you repot. Avoid repotting Saskia in the winter months because this will send her into shock.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR UMBRELLA PLANT
Crisp, brown spots on leaves - The crispy brown spots or patches are usually the cause of underwatering. If the first 2 inches of the soil feel dry to touch then it’s time for more water.
Leggy growth - If Saskia starts to grow excessively long, she should be moved to a sunnier part of the home. This will encourage bushier growth.
Leaf drop - This is most commonly caused from stress. The most common reason for her leaves to drop are:
- Overwatering. If her soil dries out, this will send her into shock and cause her to shed some foliage.
- There is a draft or radiator nearby. She is cold, draft-sensitive and will react badly to a draughty hallway.
Crisp, brown spots on leaves - The crispy brown spots or patches are usually the cause of underwatering. If the first 2 inches of the soil feel dry to touch then it’s time for more water. outgrown his current home.
Soft, dark brown spots on leaves - The soft part of the leaf indicates that the Saskia may have been overwatered. Reduce her watering schedule moving forward.