What to Do When Your Schefflera Plant is Dying


Is your schefflera plant on the verge of dying? Are the leaves starting to wilt or get discolored? Or are the leaves suddenly starting to drop? Fortunately, there are ways to save your schefflera plant but you will need to act quickly. Here are the main reasons for dying schefflera plants.

Watering Issues with Schefflera Plant

Watering tends to be the most common problem that leads to the demise of many houseplants. You could be watering the schefflera plant a bit too much or even a bit too little. Also known as umbrella trees, scheffleras don’t need to be watered too frequently.

Generally-speaking, a weekly watering schedule should suffice. Wait until the soil becomes dry then thoroughly soak it with water. Make sure the water drains out well from the potted soil as you don’t want diseases like root rot to occur.

If your schefflera plant already has root rot then you will need to remove the rotting roots and re-pot the plant in well-draining soil. In addition to falling and discolored leaves, another common symptom of root rot is the smell of rotten eggs.

Clogged Soil Stopping the Plant from Breathing

Schefflera plants may also die if you prevent their roots from being able to properly absorb water and important nutrients from the soil. This can happen in a number of ways. The first-case would be the issue we described above when you over-water the soil. This can make the soil compacted and prevent the roots from doing its job.

The second case would be if you have been watering the schefflera plant with hard water. The tap water in certain places such as Florida can have a relatively high level of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which can build up an obstructive layer in the soil over time.

Last but not least, over-fertilizing the potted soil can also have a similar effect. In situations like this, you may need to flush the excess mineral buildup out by thoroughly watering the soil with distilled water. Make sure the excess water drips out for at least thirty minutes before you resume the regular plant watering schedule.

Change in Plant Environment

Houseplants like scheffleras don’t tolerate sudden change that well. For example, did you recently move the plant to a different location at home? Is the plant subject to more cold or hot air as a result of the change in location?

You may want to re-evaluate the location of the schefflera plant and make sure there hasn’t been a major change in factors such as room temperature, humidity, and sunlight intensity. Any one of these factors can have a significant impact on the plant’s health and cause them to droop and eventually die. Unfortunately, revival is not an absolute guarantee but taking the above steps may help set your plant in the right path.