Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I have a schefflera (umbrella tree) and i was wonderin...?

i just transplanted it and the roots were all bunched up like it was when iit was in the small pot. is it supposed to be like that or am i suppose to seperate them?

I have a schefflera (umbrella tree) and i was wonderin...?
ok, i'm assuming we're talking about the Schefflera actinophylla. they like nutrient-rich, well-drained, yet moisture-retaining soil. in other words, a soil that is fir-based is probably best. and yes, to answer your question, you want to separate the roots; if you don't the plant will probably show signs of dieback and yellowing. however, when you transplant something, the root system needs to be able to support the branch system; so, if you have to, cut back some of the branches so they are a little bigger (about half an inch) than the root system. oh, and after you put it in the ground, give it some vitamin B1 to prevent transplant shock. :)
Reply:i wouldn't actually "separate" them as you said.instead,take a sharp knife or pair of scissors and give the roots a vertical(up%26amp;down) cut in several places around the root ball.try not to go very deep(maybe1-2 inches)and that should encourage some new growth after you transplant it.dont forget to add mulch to retain the moisture!goodluck!

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