I was wondering if someone could help me out with my false aralia plant. This is my first plant of this kind, and it needs some work. I�m having issues with it tipping, and the leaf edges curl down, I�m not sure what causes that. I have added a photo of my plant so you can see what I plan to do with it, and hopefully my idea is the right choice for revitalizing a finicky plant.
False Aralia faces a western exposure, gets really great light, but sits about 12 feet back from the window. I water it once every 2 weeks or so, whenever the top gets dry. I am told they like to be wet, and benefit from frequent misting.
False Aralia needs a definite facelift (as it looks a bit goofy right now) and I thought the best way of doing that would be to air layer it, getting rid of most of the bare stem at the bottom. Right now, as you can see in the photo, there are actually 2 plants in the pot. Originally, there were 3, but the later dropped all its leaves and I am told will never grow them back! So I hacked the dead stem all the way down to the soil. Then sometime later, I made the mistake of moving the plant from its established location for a couple weeks (to a less bright location � I guessed perhaps the tipping was due to too much light??) after which the plant dropped some of the leaves (on both stems) in the center, leaving holes of bare stem! I�m sort of uncertain about even changing the plant at all, so I will try to be clear even in my confusion :)
Here are my options; I want to air layer each stem, with the left stem being the tallest.
1. The left stem has the largest bare area without leaves in the very center, so would air layering it in the middle be a good idea? Basically I would be re-rooting the top crown only. BUT, am I correct the rest of that stem would stop growing altogether if I air layer just the top part??
2. Air layer the left stem at the bottom closest to the leaf growth, leaving the bare area alone � sort of dealing with it, haha
As for the right stem, it only has a small bare area in the center, so I was planning on just air layering the bottom portion of the stem. There isn�t much else to do with that one.
Are False Aralias known at all to regrow from the old root system, even after being pruned down? I know draceneas do this, I wish the same could be said for this plant as well!
Or, another option
- Root both stem tops, and simply discard the rest of the bottom portions (unless they will continue growing)?
I haven�t purchased any sphagnum moss as yet, since I wasn�t sure air layering this plant is even worth my time�. I am told by a friend who works with plants for a living that False Aralias are notoriously hard to care for! The idea of just letting it go has crossed my mind.
So that is where I stand right now� If anyone has any other ideas, or if my ideas are good or bad ones, please let me know!
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