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severe haircut for an umbrella tree

Postby Jenchanted » Oct 24, 2013 4:17 pm

I am new to this board, and am excited to be a part of it. Unfortunately, I will be more an asker than an answerer!!! So here goes my first query...

I have an indoor umbrella tree (schefflera) that is about 40 years old, which I inherited from my mother. The plant is about 8 feet tall, but only has leaves (although numerous) towards the top of it… The first few feet is bark. I would like to cut it back to about 6-8 inches, which, judging by the bottom of the plant, will be the third time it has received such a drastic pruning.

My question is can I do it now (late October), or do I need to wait for spring. Or, would such drastic action condemn it to the compost heap?

Thanks for any advice,
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Re: severe haircut for an umbrella tree

Postby socialbutterfly » Jan 03, 2014 8:15 am

Hi Jen!
Did you trim your Schefflera?

If it's a healthy plant and it likes where it's growing, I don't think it matters when it gets a haircut.
I usually work on my plants after the holidays, because by then I'm snowed in and working on my plants is winter therapy. It works for me. :)
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Re: severe haircut for an umbrella tree

Postby sammymorgan » Mar 31, 2014 4:33 am

Sometimes, giving them pruning can help them grow new leaves.
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