Tips for care - Aralia Plant
Aralia plant comes in various varieties from small to large leaves & from green to variegated. It is an easy-to-grow plant & gives a perfect green lush look. Aralias always make wonderful large office plants, suitable as house plants, if controlled with regular pruning. These plants are native to Polynesia, which has got very few temperature variations.
Potting- Aralia requires well-drained potting soil with enough "heft" to hold the plant in place. Can use a mixture of soil & sand/ perlite + compost. Alternatively, one can use a soilless mixture that contains pine bark or sphagnum peat moss as its organic component and a light component for better drainage, such as perlite or vermiculite. Start in a ceramic pot. The plant loves moisture around it. Hence it should be kept where the shade of plants is there, or can place the pool on a tray filled with pebbles and water. If exposed to dry air, the leaves start to fall. The soil should be well-drained & porous.
Watering Requirement – The main reason aralia plants die is too much water. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. In low-light conditions, an aralia may need water as little as every 2-3 weeks. In summers better to give water every 2-3 days.
Light Requirement – Bright light, no darkness, but not direct sunlight, especially no afternoon sun. 1-2 hours of daylight is ok, but the best is to keep in the shade.
Propagation – Cuttings can be propagated during September, February, or the rainy season when moisture is high. Out of 8-10 cutting, 2-3 only sprout, so a pack of 7-10 should be together. Cutting should be like a finger. The pothole should not be stopped or choked.
Fertilization – NPK equal amount, light dosing + organic fertilizer. NPK should be given every 15 days. Should give cow dung manure twice a year.
General Tips: Leaves start to fall when transported. Hence the plant should not be repotted at least ten days after getting them.
Max reachable height: up to 12 feet
Common name(s): Aralia Miniature White (Small), spinach leaf, Polysciasguilfoylei variegated, Geranium aralia.
Bloom time: Ornamental varieties hardly bloom