Droopy umbrella/Schefflera plant

mextex12February 22, 2013

I have recently caught the bug and have been collecting houseplants, nothing to unusal but my wish list is growing. Anyway I've been lurking on this forum for a few weeks and am sure one of you helpful bunch can help me out.

I Bought this just a few weeks ago, was in great condition, glossy leaves, however I'm concerned about the top leaves, they droop downwards. The variegation is not as profound either (tho this could be an age thing), unlike the lower leaves which are perky and bright. Ive consulted my houseplant bible, but there is no mention of the problem.Thanks in advance.

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mextex12

And here is a pic of the lower leaves, you can see the difference.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 5:15PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Does this plant receive sufficient sunlight?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 5:26PM
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tommyr_gw

Check closely for insects as well.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 1:13PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Needs more light

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:49PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hi & welcome to Gardenweb! That was my thinking too, more light, especially seeing that you're in England. Probably not much sun there lately. When variegation fades, in general on any plant, it's almost always a sign of insufficient light.

I've not had this regular-size Scheff but on the mini one, S. arbicola, new leaves come in at an angle like that, and become more flat/upright as they mature. When I loaded up a google search, I saw many pics of the same thing on the newest leaves. Do the more experienced people with this plant agree?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 10:34AM
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