Polyscias is a robust and easy to grow houseplant. Originally from the tropical rainforests in India. Isn’t it great to have a down-to-earth plant? This houseplant of the month has no understanding of why other plants have a need to be placed in the light and on display. They like light but not the midday sun so for them the background is fine and as they thrive well in a shadier place they will still be noticed. The distinctive branches develop from the thick stem. Its leaves are usually green and are either round or heart-shaped and often with irregular ruffled edges. Some varieties of the Polyscias also have brightly coloured leaves.
Not only is the Polyscias quite happy at being in the background leaving other plants to seek the limelight it also demands very little maintenance so all in all a very pleasant plant to care for. Needs little water in fact it prefers it more on the dry side as it doesn’t like wet feet. Keep it at room temperature, occasionally add plant food when watering and it will continue to grow steadily. As a result it will eventually need repotting into a larger pot. When you notice that the roots are literally growing out of the pot you will know that the time is right for repotting.
Even though the Polyscias is an extremely modest plant that doesn’t mean that it is classed as boring. The Polyscias has the ability to shine through from the second row. It’s height for instance can reach 1 to 1.5 metres so even if it’s not placed in the spotlight it will certainly not go unnoticed.
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