Schefflera delavyi pruning/propogation

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Schefflera delavyi pruning/propogation

Post by Inferno-red » Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:16 pm

I have a Schefflera delavyi that could do with being reduced in size. It is currently one large trunk. Is it safe to remove some of the top? Can you propogate the surplus? Thanks for your advice.

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Post by Chad » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:26 am

As with all cutting back it sometimes goes wrong but usually Schefflera resprout even from old wood.

The 'head' will make a good cutting, but they are sometimes slow to root so need a frame or case to keep humidity up around the leaves until there is root formed. I reduce the leaves drastically on taking cuttings from Schefflera.

You could 'air layer' it which would give you a rooted cutting and then a pruning when you remove the rooted cutting.

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Post by Inferno-red » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:36 am

Thanks for the advice. I may risk it.

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Post by Inferno-red » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:37 am

Would you put the cut head straight into water? Or compost?

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Post by Chad » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:50 am

Personally I would pot it into a multipurpose/perlite 50:50 compost, but I know of people who always root Schefflera in water in glass vessels on their window sills.

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Post by Chad » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:54 am

And as an after thought, if you are cutting back hard, the bare stem between where you cut and the leafy head is worth potting in sections too, they often root and then shoot even from quite old and 'chunky' sections. Not guaranteed, but worth a go!

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Post by Inferno-red » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:23 am

Thanks. I will let you know how it goes.

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