How To Make Your Plants Happy: False Aralia Care Guide

Drawing of false aralia


This plant likes moderate to bright sun but no direct sunlight. Direct sun may burn the leaves. They grow fine in moderate light locations but will grow faster and fuller with more light. 


Water the plant when the top of the soil is dry and give the plant a deep, thorough soak until water come out of the drainage holes. Prefers to be on the dry side opposed to too wet, wilted leaves are a sign of overwatering. Reduce waterings in winter.


Ideal temperature is 65°-85°F and prefers a warmer environment. The plant may drop leaves in the temperature is too cold and prefers not to be in places below 60°F. It enjoys moderate to high humidity so consider misting the leaves or giving the plant a humidifier.


This plant can grow up to 4' to 6' tall indoors. Give the plant a well-balanced fertilizer every 2 weeks in spring and summer and once a month in fall and winter.       


The plant prefers to be slightly pot bound with its roots tight into the pot. It only needs to be repotted every one to two years when it overgrows the current pot. Repot during spring to a pot 1" larger and a well-draining soil.


Propagate this plant through stem tip cuttings. Take stem tip cuttings during spring and dip into rooting hormone and then insert into well-draining potting soil. Keep this in a warm, humid environment with no direct sunlight.


This plant is pet friendly and non-toxic to cats, dog, and horses.

False aralia plant potted on a table

About the False Aralia

Botanical Name: Dizygotheca elegantissima

Nicknames: False Aralia, Threadleaf Aralia, Spider Aralia, Schefflera Elegantissima, Finger Aralia

The False Aralia has long, slender leaves that have a finger-like arrangement with saw-tooth edges. The new foliage on the plant is coppery green and eventually darkens into a deep green shade as the plant matures. The plant has a lacy or feathery appearance which gives it an elegant look amongst your other tropical houseplants. Small plants are great for table top decor and larger plants are great for softening furniture or covering empty walls. This plant is great at purifying the air in your home and is safe to be around your pets.      

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