Dwarf schefflera is a popular plant, also known as the Hawaiian umbrella tree and commonly used for schefflera bonsai. Although it is not considered a “true” bonsai tree, schefflera bonsai trees are the most popular types of indoor bonsai. The Dwarf Umbrella Tree is a tropical tree with compound leaves which is very suitable for indoor bonsai
Location: The Dwarf Umbrella Bonsai can be kept inside the house all the year round. Ideal temperatures are 18° C to 22° C
Watering: The Hawaiian umbrella Bonsai likes a moist soil which must not dry out.
Fertilizing: Use liquid fertilizer every week from spring to autumn and once a month in winter
Pruning and wiring: Dwarf Umbrella Bonsai trees can be developed well with thoughtful pruning. A new shoot will point in the same direction like the leaf that is located directly below the cut, growing from its axil. Very healthy trees can be defoliated and at the same time the tips of the twigs shout be cut off. This results in lots of new shoots, increasing ramification and smaller leaves.
Repotting: Repot every second year in spring. Be careful with the fleshy roots which break easily. Use a standard soil mix.
Pests and diseases: The tree is not often attacked by insects. Scale can occasionally occur. In that case use a specific oil-based insecticide