Itsnoteasybeinggreen
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Schefflera Pruning?

Hey there I received a Schefflera as a house warming gift which was my first plant. It has been doing great but it is now about 4 feet taller than when I got it and it is not filling out at all. It is one long tall stalk with single nodes sprouting off, it is to the point where it is starting to lean because it is to tall and thin. I would like to thinking it up some how. Please go easy in your response as I am a brand new green thumb and don't know propper terms and vocabulary. Thanks for your time
Cody

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Scheffleras respond well to pruning. Cut the plant down several inches lower than you want it to be, cutting just above a leaf node. It will branch out at the cut point.


You can root the cutting to be new plant(s). Take 3-4" pieces, dip them in rooting powder (from garden store) and plant in moist potting soil. Use a 2 liter plastic bottle with the bottom cut off or plastic draped over little stakes, to make a humidity dome. Keep it moist and humid, but not wet and it should root itself in and turn into a new plant.
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Itsnoteasybeinggreen
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Ok well its about 4.5 feet tall and all one stalk, I would like it to be thicker at about 1 foot should I cut it down like 4 feet? and also should I just make one cut on the main stem? Sorry for being a bother but I guess you cant learn with out asking.
Cody

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