What is this please

pash2pash2 Posts: 83

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 Please can someone tell me what the plant is and what i am doing wrong as it has started to lose leaves. It gets watered when the soil is dry to touch and is about a metre away from the radiator i have also turned it round so the plant does not grow towards the window as it has been doing.

I do have someone come in and let the dog out and i think she may have been watering the plants without me knowing but not sure.

Help please and thanks.

How often do i water catus plants?

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,188

    I don't know the proper name, but it looks like what we used to call an umbrella plant. 

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  • pash2pash2 Posts: 83

    Thanks i thought thats what it is but wasnt sure the EX looked after the plants but it is just me and learning what to do.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    It's a schefflera. Here is a site about looking after it. It likes to be kept damp and warm.

    http://houseplants.about.com/od/foliageplants/p/Schefflera.htm

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,929

    You could give it some support by way of a cane and it looks like it may fare better in the next size up pot although now isn't the best time to re-pot, wait till spring. I'd also advise moving it away from the radiator into an area of the room which gets more direct light, so long as it isn't in a draft ie by the door it should be fine. 

    I had one which grew to about 6ft, shame you've lost the bottom leaves but an added bonus...your plant has started to produce side shoots.

    It's difficult to say how often to water cactus plants, another poster may give more helpful advise...mine get a water 2 or 3 times a year but it's a good soak and they are stood in water for the day. It's usually when I can remember, they get a good feed at the same time. 

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    Zoomer, it isn't a cactus and it needs regular watering.

  • pash2pash2 Posts: 83

    Thank you all image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,929

    imageBusy-Lizzie. I know it isn't a cactus but two Q's were asked. Pash2 also asked...

    How often do i water cactus plants?

    Pash2 could have cactus as well as the umbrella plant... image 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    Sorry Zoomer, got so excited at seeing a plant I know I didn't see the cactus bit!

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,929

    B.L.Must say I found it nice to see a plant I knew image

    Pash2. An umberella plant does need regular watering during the summer, but now, it's sufficient just to keep the compost damp, it's unlikely to dry out as the plant will be dormant so won't need watering again until the Spring.

     

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