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Re: schefflera

> I do not know about rooting the top part - maybe Jim does.

Ooh! maybe this is an opportunity to try those new rooter pots, the ones
that make airlayering easy. Lee valley has them, but Kinsman is cheaper and
offers 2 sizes.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] schefflera

> > From: Barbara  Tandy <sundrops@earthlink.net>
> > .Does anyone know what will happen if I top a large Schefflera
> (house plant)
> > that has only one large stem about 3 feet tall?  Will it branch
> out?  Will
> > it die?  Is the top cutting rootable?  The bottom part is becoming
> woody but
> > the top is green with many leaves close together but on a single
> stem.
> ----------
> Barb, it will leaf out and branch out again.  The stem will have a
> bump in it where you decapitated it.   I have to whack mine back
> again this year.  It's 3 big stems (like 2" in diameter or so) and 3
> small ones and  pretty near 15 feet tall; just about reaching the
> ceiling of the conference room where it winters.  Have cut mine back
> 3 or 4 times in the 25 years or so I've had it.  First time I did it,
> thought for sure I'd killed it, but it leafed out in a few weeks and
> grew on and on and on.
> My poor child is going to get repotted this spring as well as
> whacked...it's been in the same pot for about 10 years and I am going
> to have to break it to get it out, but finally got a new, larger pot,
> so it ought to be happy once I do it:-)
> I do not know about rooting the top part - maybe Jim does.
> When you whack it back, keep it watered and when it starts to leaf
> out, feed it.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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