Schefflera 'Nora' on lava rock
umbrella tree on lava rock
- sold out
- lava rock & tray
- Position: bright but indirect light
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
- Current height: approximately 20cm (+ or - 10% including the pot)
This fab little combination looks a bit like a bonsai - but it's not as difficult to look after, and each one will be unique. That's because the piece of lava the plant is growing on will vary in shape, while the roots of the plant will form their own pattern as they grow down over it. This is a unique way to grow the ever-popular umbrella tree, which is loved for its lustrous, finger-like foliage that radiates out from a central point.
- Home care: Keep the tray three-quarters full with water (ideally using filtered or rain water to avoid the limescale turning the rock white), and make sure it does not dry out. The porous rock will then soak up the moisture, allowing the plant’s roots to absorb it. Misting the leaves regularly with water will help improve the humidity around the plant, and feed with a diluted liquid fertiliser (only one quarter the recommended strength), when watering from late spring to early autumn. Maintain temperatures above 15°C.
- May cause skin allergy