Arboricola, Variegated Bush

Arboricola Variegated Bush

Colored similar to variegated Arboricola, the variegated Arboricola bush is generally kept unpruned and allowed to grow. Arboricola’s glossy green leaves droop away from the stem; now you know why this tropical beauty is called the Umbrella Plant or Octopus Plant.

Arboricolas are a part of the Schefflera family. They are uniquely known to have not one, but two places of origin—Australia and Taiwan. In Taiwan, the Arboricola plant is integral to Feng Shui and is believed to capture positive energy and attract wealth.

Arboricolas remove toxins released by cigarettes along with benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene from the air. They’re adaptable, they’re hardy, they’re pretty—be prepared to fall in love with them. Depending on where you keep them, and how much you care for them, your Arboricolas could grow up to 25 feet.

Which Arboricola will you choose? You have two options: one has glossy, dark green leaves, while the other is variegated with creamy white or yellow pigmentation.

Arboricola Plant Care

Light and Temperature Requirements – Arboricola plants like high temperatures and thrive in partial sunlight. Though they can grow well even in a slightly darker home, direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.

Soil Conditions – Arboricola plants need a well-drained potting mix, moist compost, and soil with a slightly acidic pH.

Water Requirements – Water the plant thoroughly. Then wait until the soil in the pot completely dries out before soaking the soil again.

Food Requirements – Arboricolas are heavy feeders and will benefit from having extra nutrition. Use a liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks.

Extra Care – Prune your Arboricola to keep its size manageable.

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