Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Originated from Eastern Asian countries, the dwarf umbrella trees are common indoor ornamental plants whose tree top looks like a umbrella with a few leaves growing in there. Once planted, they generally do not need too much maintenance if you can supply adequate water and put them in a mild indoor location. They can normally grow up to 6 feet in height with five to ten green leaves growing on the top of the stem.

The ideal temperature for planting these plants is in room temperature ranging from 45 degrees F to 80 degrees F. They prefer to grow in a moist environment with some partial sunlight during the day. Frequent misting the plant can be a good idea to provide them adequate water and moisture for their growth. You should avoid putting your plants in direct sunlight. Although they are mainly growing indoors, you can also put their containers outside your house in hot summer days.

During the growth, the dwarf umbrella trees need lots of nutrients. So, weekly fertilizing is necessary for young plants during the spring or summer when they are growing fast. The fertilizer should be soluble in water. The application of fertilizer should be stopped in winter during their dormant period. You should pay attention to the potential hazard caused by pests like mites because of the high moisture of the surrounding environment. Some homemade pesticide such as soap water or some commercial ones can be used to control the spread of pests.

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