The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Araliaceae.

Polyscias fruticosa Polyscias balfouriana
Polyscias Genus of about 100 species of rounded or upright, evergreen shrubs and small trees from tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Pacific. Polyscias are oriental trees with twisted stems and attractive foliage. The leaves are usually ferny, but the most popular Polyscias is the Dinner Plate Aralia with large rounded leaflets. Unfortunately Polyscias are not easy to grow under room conditions, and it will redily drop its leaves if the environment is wrong. The main problem is air humidity. Polyscias
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 60 F or 18 C. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in Winter. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Take greenwood stem cuttings in spring or root semi-ripe or ripe, leafless stem sections in summer. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seed at 66-75 F (19-24 C) in spring.

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