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Schefflera Plant Propagation – How to Take Your FIRST Cuttings

If you are searching for Schefflera plant propagation before that lets talk about this plant So Umbrella plant is a beautiful mini tree grown inside of your house and even offices. Taking cutting is easy and can be done by beginner gardener using my guide on propagation below. And so don’t worry about it much its easy I have done it so you can also. IF you take multiple cutting then it could be given to to neighbors or someone dear to you as What I did when i was propagating umbrella plant and it was overgrown so i had to cut it make it short & i gave some to my neighbor & it doesn’t waste the plant. Umbrella plants have same way of doing cutting and propagating it as you know every New cutting will produce a fresh younger version of that plant.  If you want you can easily divide it and make a whole bunch of young umbrella plants it just looks attractive indoors so multiplying it can also enhance the experience in cutting these plant successfully. Let’s find how to propagate umbrella plant. Read On.

Umbrella Plant Propagation

As you know it is easy & doesn’t take much time to Propagate this umbrella plant cuttings.

First you need a cutting tool or pair of shears or pruner that will help you to cut the stem & before that it must be cleaned properly with rubbing alcohol to prevent any growth of bacterial infection on this healthy cutting. As I happens with me when I didn’t clean it, anyone can get difficulty if they don’t clean it and plant will face the problem in upcoming days.

Cutting a stem that is connected to the main shoot is the one that can be used for propagating it. You need to cut it from the base or 1 inch may from the base can also work.

After Cutting find a tissue paper that can be used wrap the stem cutting , then you need to spray some water on the paper to make it moist, it is the first step to provide the humid environment which helps the rooting process inside the stem cutting and you will see fresh plant growth early on.

Also make perfect potting mix for the Schefflera plant , also add organic matter so it can get some basic nutrients for the plant overall growth. Put the blend of soil inside the pot and leave 2 inch space on the top layer of pot.

Now take out your stem cuttings from the wrapped tissue paper and you need to put some rooting hormone on the cutting base where it will develop roots. The bottom part is the one where you need to the power of rooting.

It will boost the root developing process in your plant & don’t worry it won’t hurt the cuttings. Make a hole on the soil and put your plant cutting inside it. Fill the soil and pat it so it sits on the soil surface. Now pour plenty of water on the soil & so the stem can have some water.

Now time to place it in an area where a umbrella plant can get partial indirect or filtered sunlight.

Young plants like umbrella need spraying some water so it doesn’t lose the moisture and misting them can start rooting or it establish some roots early on. Stem will start to grow in a few weeks which means green stems and new branches will grow soon. Starting days when plant is a young it needs proper care & even you need to fulfill its fertilizer requirement that only be poured in its growth season.

when it was overgrown and become tall it needs Pruning to make it short or to remove any diseased growth. This is how you propagate an Schefflera plant and if you want to know its care for umbrella plant. check my other article.


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Schefflera Plant Propagation
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Can you propagate umbrella plant in water?

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You can do that as an umbrella plant can be propagated in water and even its cutting works in both ways like soil and water. Propagation can also be done using seeds on this plant and another technique could be air layering , but every technique has its own limitation and if you want to do propagation in your (Schefflera)umbrella plant cutting should be diseased free and providing them proper temperature, soil mix, light and humidity can work for its growth.

Can you propagate schefflera in water?

Cutting of umbrella plant(schefflera) shows success when done in soil, Propagation from seed long will take time to develop but once it starts rooting it will catch the growth. If propagation done in water glass it can form roots and then it can be eventually planted into the soil. For Soil rooted cuttings they can be easily transferred once they reach to 4-5cm and it will still grow properly.

Where do you cut an umbrella plant to propagate?

Umbrella plant stem needs to be clip off from the base and you need to provide it moisture so take a wet paper and wrap it around the cutting. You can also cut the leaf a few cm from base so the rooting can be done and we have a chance to see any stem didn’t root well then the 2nd one will be for backup. Once it starts to develop some roots you need to put fertile soil inside the pot and place this cutting and give it water. Now shift it to a bright partial light location without direct sunlight.

Can you divide a schefflera?

The main stem cannot be divided but you can cut off the schefflera or umbrella plant sub stems into two and propagate it into a new pot. Procedure would be the same and also if you  want you can try seeds propagation and an air layering method to propagate it. Rooting can happen in a stem if you separate one stem into 2 only applied to branches that have leaves.

Taking cutting from a schefflera & Check how it grows?

Any cutting can be taken from the schefflera(umbrella plant) , and cut from the base where it has connected to the main stem. After cutting you can use rooting hormone to boost the process of rooting. Now Prepare the pot and use fertile soil for this. Put the cutting inside the soil and simple pat the soil to place the sand well. Now water it and place it in an area full of indirect sunlight. This Stem Cutting will grow in some weeks and you can see the leaves coming.

Will a schefflera root in water?

Yes, umbrella plant(Schefflera) root in water will take a few weeks to see the rooting but after its established this umbrella plant will grow much faster. You can also root them outside of water mean in soil and which is a faster process If you have used rooting hormones that simply enhance the speed of rooting process in this plant. You can also repot if the plant becomes 5 cm in height.

I have given its variegated variety that is available: 

Umbrella Plant 


Umbrella Plant Schefflera Arboricola


Umbrella Plant “Variegated”


Schefflera Arboricola Umbrella Plant Variegated

Wrap Up

I Hope you like this article and you get the answer on “Schefflera Plant Propagation”.  Taking cutting is easy task and caring for them is important step to follow by any gardener. you can also try its variegated version that is also beautiful and having same caring guide so it doesn’t need any other guide.

Amelia Clark

I have over 10 years experience in gardening and here I try to answer every question about plants and how you as a beginner gardener can able to solve various problems. Also If you would like to check our Designed Plant T-Shirts. Please do so.

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