Plant Care

How to Grow Umbrella Plants II

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In this part of the umbrella plant care, we will explain some basic care tasks you need to perform on your plant, such as repotting, pruning and propagation (in case you want to propagate your umbrella plant, which is not always easy).

Also, in this part of the umbrella plant care, we will talk more about potential problems you may face with your umbrella plant. While these plants tend to be healthy and strong, there are certain diseases and pests to watch for.

Repotting

Since umbrella plants are fast growers it means that they can occasionally outgrow their container. It typically happens only after the umbrella plant reaches maturity. Once it is mature it will need to be repotted every 2 to 3 years. Keep this in mind if you wish to grow an umbrella plant in your home.

You will know that it’s time to repot your plant once you notice that the roots are growing through the drainage holes in the pot. This is when you should move your plant to a larger container. Make sure to always choose a relatively large and sturdy pot because umbrella plants can be very top heavy. Also, if you want to repot your plant make sure to do that only during the spring.

Pruning

Umbrella plants are known as fast growers. It is therefore not surprising if you end up with a plant that is too tall, too bushy or growing in all directions. This is not an optimal situation and not just because of the aesthetics. If any of these things happen you will need to prune your umbrella plant. This is the only way to keep your pant in the size and shape you want.

One great thing about umbrella plants is that they recover very quickly from pruning. It means that even if you over-prune it will not harm your plant. It will simply grow fuller in the next spring. Actually, pruning is a great way to make your umbrella plant lush again. If you notice your plant becoming sluggish you may prune it to rejuvenate it and make it strong and healthy again.

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Propagation

Umbrella plants are not easy to propagate. However, nothing forbids you from trying. These plants can be propagated using cuttings from a mature plant. If you want to use cuttings, make sure that they are healthy and at least 2 inches long.

Once you place cuttings in the soil, make sure that the tip of the cutting that is growing is not under the surface of the soil.

Also, keep in mind that umbrella plants can sometimes be grown from the seed. This might be a good alternative method if you have a problem with cuttings (if they don’t want to take root) and if you find it impossible to propagate using cuttings.

Diseases

Umbrella plants tend to be easy to grow indoors but they are susceptible to certain issues. One of the most common problems are leaves turning yellow or the plant losing leaves. Keep in mind that this plant will naturally lose its lower leaves in order to encourage the new growth. In other words, this might not be a problem at all.

However, if you notice your plant losing a lot of the upper leaves, it can mean that you are doing something wrong. Over-watering is the most common mistake you can make with these plants. If this is not the issue then it might actually be under-watering, too much heat, lack of light, sudden changes in temperature or something else.

In order to identify the source of the problem it is important to go through the process of elimination. Go through all car instructions to see what you might be doing wrong.

Another problem, though less common, is to have the leaves and stems turning brown. The likely cause of this issue is over-watering in case the leaves and stems are soft. If this happens, it is important to check to roots of your plant to see if there is any root rot. If yes, it is important to act quickly. You will need to remove all affected leaves, stalks and root sections. After you remove them make sure to repot your plant. This is the only way to save your umbrella plant from dying.

Another thing to remember is that your umbrella plant can develop fungal leaf spots. This might be another reason for the brown spots on the leaves. The infected leaves will eventually drop and the disease will spread. To prevent this problem make sure to remove all of the infected leaves and other parts of the plant before the disease has a chance to spread.

Your umbrella plant can also develop bacterial leaf spots. They will look like yellow spots on the leaves but these will not be caused by the over-watering. Yellow spots on the leaves may mean a bacterial disease. It is important to remove all of the affected leaves as soon as they appear in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

Pests

A common threat to umbrella plants are spider mites. They are more common in dry air conditions. It is very important to inspect your umbrella plant regularly to see if there are any signs of pests. The most common sign is spider webbing under leaves. In case you notice this, you need to take immediate action to get rid of pests from your umbrella tree.

Generally speaking, umbrella plants don’t have many pests, which is one of the best things about these plants. However, it doesn’t mean that you should never inspect your plant. On the contrary: it is highly advisable to check the leaves, stems and other parts of the plant regularly. This is the only way to notice the pest problem right when it’s developing and to treat it before it becomes too serious. Any pest infestation can be treated successfully if you notice it on time. This is the best way to make your umbrella plant recover quickly and to become strong and healthy again.

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