- Position: bright but indirect light
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
- Current height: approximately 20cm (ish) including the lava and pot
This fab little combination looks a bit like a bonsai - but it's not as difficult to look after, and each one will be unique. That's because the piece of lava the plant is growing on will vary in shape, while the roots of the plant will form their own pattern as they grow down over it. This is a unique way to grow the ever-popular umbrella tree, which is loved for its lustrous, finger-like foliage that radiates out from a central point.
Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a black plastic pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.
- Home care: Keep the tray three quarters full with water (ideally using filtered or rainwater to avoid the limescale turning the rock white), and make sure it does not dry out. The porous rock will then soak up the moisture, allowing the plants roots to absorb it. Misting the leaves regularly with water will help improve the humidity around the plant, and feed with a diluted liquid fertiliser (only one quarter the recommended strength), when watering from late spring to early autumn. Maintain temperatures above 15°C.
“Due of its characteristic leaf shape, a Schefflera is also known as a finger tree.”
John Hiorns - Plant buyer