how do i prune my 23 yr old shefflera?

babybeachDecember 11, 2011

i have a 23 year old shefflera that desperately needs a pruning. i have no idea how to go about this. i have heard they will bounce back from a pruning just fine. i don't want to kill this plant since it is so old. it stands about 5' tall and the top leaves seem to have spider mites. there is some great new growth on the bottom, can i just chop the top off? i'd like to post pics, how do i do that?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

You can be quite sure that if the plant desperately needs to have its visible parts pruned, the parts you can't see, the roots, are in a state of need even more dire.

If I had to outline a plan for you, this is what I would suggest:
A) If the plant is severely root bound & suffering because of it, I would pot up now as a temporary measure to help a little with vitality.
B) Move the plant outdoors as soon as temperatures allow. That is, as soon as night temps are reliably above 55* - sooner if you have the wherewithal to move the plant in and out to avoid temps below 55". This will help the plant gain strength.
C) Repot/root prune around Father's day.
D) Prune the top in mid-July.

It's also possible your plant would benefit from a thorough flushing of the soil; this, especially if you've been watering in sips and not flushing the soil at every watering.

This is just a very general recommendation. I'll provide more details if you'd like, after you decide if you wish to move forward with a major rejuvenation effort that is planned around the plant's energy/growth cycle. While Scheffleras are pretty bullet proof, there is little sense in moving forward and tempting fate or extending the length of recovery because of less than ideal timing.

I think you'll find the thread I'm linking you to below of value.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: More to consider here

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