New to the forum - nice to meet you all.
I have had a dwarf schefflera indoors for 2 years now (history outlined below). It has been losing leaves and stems rather quickly in the past 1 month.
Location: zone 5 (USDA) - Toronto, Ontario
Pot size: 8-inches (year 1), repotted to 12-inches 10-months ago.
Water: Once/week when top inch feels dry
Light: South-facing, no direct light (year 1), South-west-facing, some direct light (year 2, we moved.)
No signs of pests
Never fertilized and potted in all-purpose potting soil. Drainage at the bottom.
The plant seemed to enjoy the summer where it would get late afternoon direct sun and has seemed healthy for 2 years. We were gone in November/December for 1 month - someone watered once/week for us but the blinds were closed - 1 month with no light! Mid-December we came back, put it to its usual position in the South-west-facing window (no direct light in winter, though) and it appeared it was still in good shape. End of December leaves started falling from the bottom of the plant. I didn't worry as there was still lots of new growth at the top. However, now 21 days into January, it has lost the bottom half of its leaves and the new growth is starting to fall off as well. All leaves appear perfectly healthy but just seam weak - a slight wind will knock a few leaves off!
My guess - not enough light? It is about 12 feet from the window (old house, cold draft) - would it be better to leave where is to avoid the cold draft or move closer to the window to get more light?
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
(I've tried to add a picture - hope it works).