The other day I went to visit a friend who got a job at a well-known company. The office is simply luxurious, but what especially fascinated me was the fact that flowerpots with flowers are everywhere. There was nobody in the office except us, so I could not resist and pulled the planting material to root at home. Among these trophies was a shefler . But at home, when I decided what to do with the samples of this flora, I found that I did not know how to root the shefler: plant it immediately in the soil or keep it in water until the roots grew. I shoveled a lot of literature, looked through a lot of sites and forums, worn out half a day for telephone consultations with flower girl friends, and now I want to share my knowledge with you.
In nature, shefler has more than 200 species, but only a few of them grow at home. The most common types of sheflera: radiant, palmate, treelike, eight-leafed. Shefler love for beauty and unpretentiousness, but to root young shoots, you need to work a little.
Reproduction of shefflers by cuttings
For breeding shefflers at home, choose well-developed cuttings. Before planting in the ground, it is recommended to hold the sprouts in a heteroauxin solution overnight. Prepare the soil mixture: peat and sand in equal parts. Do not forget to pour drainage material at the bottom of the pot, for this pieces of brick or expanded clay are suitable. Fill the pot with the prepared mixture, leaving 2-3 cm to the top of the pot. Now we plant cuttings in the ground. Experts advise to cover shanks with shanks with jars or special caps to create the effect of a greenhouse. The place where the pots stand should be softly lit, the temperature should be stable, on average 20-23 degrees. Do not forget to let the seedlings breathe and spray them with water from time to time.
Shefflers breeding aerial roots
In order to stimulate the formation of aerial roots in sheflera, it is necessary to make a neat incision on the flower trunk in spring. Wrap it with a wet bandage, or better with moss, cover this place with foil. Moss or bandage should be moistened periodically. After about a month and a half of such manipulations, air roots should appear on your shefler. A branch with such roots needs to be carefully cut and planted in a pot (see above).
Shefflera propagation by seeds
When propagating seedlings sheflera seeds must be held in a solution of Zircon or Epin. We put drainage at the bottom of the pot, then a mixture of sand and peat. We plant the seeds to a depth of 15 centimeters, cover the pot with foil and take care of the rooted cuttings: water, air, spray. It is possible to transplant sprouts of sheflera into a separate pot when leaves appear on them.
It is curious that different types of Schefflera take root in different ways. Variegated varieties produce roots much longer than green ones. Green varieties can be grown by rooting the leaf.
To begin with, make sure that a sheflera transplant is really needed, without a need not to disturb a single plant!
Adult sheflers need a transplant every two years. To check if your shefler needs a transplant, remove it with an earthen lump from the pot, and if the roots are firmly and densely braided in the soil, then it's time to transplant.
The new pot should be 2-3 cm larger than the previous one. Carefully remove the shefler together with an earthen lump from the old flowerpot, if possible, remove the old soil and plant the plant in a new pot. Between drainage and roots there should be a wide layer of soil. After planting, slightly press down the earth around the trunk and water it.
I wish you success in growing sheflera!