This dwarf schefflera is an evergreen shrub in some areas but makes for a hardy houseplant as a bonsai. It has green, glossy, palmate leaves densely covering flexible green stems which gently fan out into a rounded crown. They are also moderately salt tolerant.
Lighting: Part shade, part sun
Temperature: Zone 9b. These bonsai prefer temperature above 40 degrees.
Watering: Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.
Feeding: General purpose fertilizer
Pruning & Wiring: Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems. It can be pruned into a small tree over a period of years. Style as a broad-crowned bonsai with the silhouette of a banyan tree.
Propagation: May be propagated by cuttings, seeds, and the air layer.
Repotting: The bonsai tree needs annual repotting and may be severely root pruned. Not particular about the type of soil, however, it should be well drained and slightly alkaline.
Pests & Diseases: Scale, mealybug, and spider mites when grown indoors. No diseases of major concern.
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