Schefflera house plant dying - what to do??
This is my first post on this forum, and I'm very happy to have found such a nice community.
I am actually quite desperately looking for some advice on how to prevent my schefflera house plant, which has been gradually deteriorating, from dying completely, and hopefully get it back to its beautiful self asap.
I upped some pictures of the plant in different stages of (un)health (over the past few weeks), please have a look at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v185/themagicdude/schefflera/ to get an impression (the first four pictures are from today, the rest from about a month back).
To summarize the story:
- bought the plant about 4 months ago, here in Norway
- put her in the living room in a place that gets good sunlight in summer but much less in winter (in winter, Norway is pretty dark and the sun doesn't come up high enough to really shine through the window)
- she was great for about 2 months, then started having brown leaves and dropping them at a gradually increasing pace
- when we took her small plastic pot (with holes) out from the bigger ceramic pot, we realized that she'd been standing in a very moist pot (we had filled it with these very dry stone-type of things initially, but apparently watered too much in the first 2 months so some of that water was permanently sitting right under the plastic pot, in close contact with the plant) ... so we took out all the water and the stone thingies, and replaced those with a new batch of dry ones, then shifted to a watering scheme of 0,5 to 1 liter per 2 weeks
- nothing improved after 1 month, more and more leaves dropping
- then we realized we had actually never given her nutrition, so went out and bought some nutrition "sticks" (best description I can give), which we proceeded to bury a few of between the middle of the pot and the edges (as per the instructions on the package)
- this is two weeks ago now and still no improvement. The plant looks like she's about to die, some stems already went brown and just one green stem left with some semi-healthy leaves, but they also seem to be getting worse.
What do you think is the cause of this problem? Lack of sunlight after all? We were told that this plant should survive the Norwegian winter just fine though ...
Anything you think we can do to help her out? We really love this plant and felt a connection with her from the beginning, so any advice would be dearly appreciated.
Please post to let me know if you need any more information to be able to say something about the situation.
Many thanks in advance for your time and help,
Here is a link that might be useful: pictures of the plant