Need to improve Schefflera care
So after a year of learning and using the Gritty Mix, I find that my Schefflera is the only plant that seems to still be in less-than-stellar condition.
I have an Alocasia Polly and Hoya in a north-east facing window in the Gritty Mix and both are doing great and continue to flourish a year after repotting (I repotted and root pruned the Alocasia a second time this spring and it is doing even better now).
I have a Fiddleleaf Fig in an east-facing window that is doing fantastic and pushing out mad growth after a root prune and top prune.
However, my Schefflera (in South facing window with partial shade from curtain) has had the following issues. Here is the timeline:
- July: bought at Lowes (braided tree-like Schefflera) and grew new shoots like crazy for the first month.
- August: bare-rooted and root pruned and went into Gritty Mix. Growth stopped as it recovered from root-prune.
- August - early Sept: battled Mealybugs with Neem treatment.
- late-Sept thru October: plant did great, growing new shoots everyday.
- November thru March: Growth slowed and halfway through winter, started dropping leaves. By March, probably 1/2 or more of the leaves had dropped and became quite pathetic-looking.
- March: noticed sticky leaves and possibly scale, so treated it with Neem and alcohol.
- April-May, started growing new shoots.
- end-of-May: started taking it outdoors to shady areas but it quickly started dropping leaves. I brought it back inside. For the next 3 weeks. growth stopped completely and started dropping leaves like crazy again!
- early June until now: growing new shoots again and seems to be doing great!
As you can see, my Schefflera is going through tons of ups and downs. It is in the Gritty Mix with 1/8 to 1/4 tsp FP at each watering and a flush every month. I water very liberally (half gallon with a lot of water draining out the drain hole). I wait until it is quite dry before I water, so water maybe once every 5-6 days.
Any idea what i can do to improve my Schefflera care strategy? Thanks so much!