My Schefflera has been growing pretty steadily since I got it months ago, but I noticed some of its leaves have this discoloration where there seems to be gaps in the darker greens. I am 99% certain it isn't from a pest, but curious if anyone knows what causes it.
Is it a watering thing? Is it a nutrient thing? I have fertilized it maybe twice in the past month and a half - basically every other watering - but I think I halved the dosage and maybe even halved the suggested frequency.
Thoughts? Something I should just ignore given all else seems to be going well?
Has anyone tried one of these and/or have recommendations? Alternately, I am crazy to consider getting one?
I have a few plants that I've been told / read are very fussy and really prefer distilled water, so I feel like maybe it's a worthwhile investment, especially considering how much I love those plants and how much they actually cost in the first place.
My best attempt to ask a convoluted question. I know what I list below doesn't apply to EVERY plant, but this is in regards to what I consider the average house plant's needs.
I know that no plants like to be overwatered, that pots with drainage are best, soil with good drainage is important, and roots don't like to sit in water. I haven't had plants for long but I think I'm a decent judge of when plants need water and when is too soon.
That being said, there are a few plants I own that take forever for their soil to become dry. It's not a puddle of water, but it stays consistently / evenly moist for much longer than my other plants. An example here is a Grape Leaf Ivy I purchased a few weeks ago. The soil was moist when it arrived, and it still is after at least 3 weeks.
Is this something I should be concerned about for any reason? I suppose I worry about mold or root rot or who knows what. Just not sure if there's something I should be changing, or if it's the soil the plants came in and I should change that or if they aren't getting enough light, or what!
I have a purple passion that has been growing like crazy and now has 3 pretty solid stalks with big leaves, each around 12"h.
I'm not sure what my next step with this should be. Sometimes I've seen these grown in hanging planters to cascade a bit, which could be cool. Will these stalks naturally (and safely) just start bending over and growing downward?
OR should I be pruning it down to make it into more of a bush? Part of me feels like I should be doing this and maybe even trying to root the clippings in the same pot to make the whole thing fuller. In this case, I'm more afraid of doing something that will damage the plant. Not so worried if the clipping don't take root, but it's been growing so well I'd be sad if I hurt the main plant.
My Red Aglaonema has been doing well for months with lots of growth. Yesterday I noticed the leaves drooping a bit for the first time. This morning I went to check on it and I don't know how to describe it other than it seems like the entire main stalk was able to pull right out of the soil as if it was simply just pushed into the soil in the first place. Really strange.
Any ideas what is happening? Is this a natural occurrence with them once they get past a certain size? Is there a way to save that part?
I have 3 schefflera arboricolas that are pretty young and I want to raise them into trees instead of wide bushy shrubs.
I know this will take years, but I am looking for advice on what I need to do to achieve this. I believe a crucial part is ensuring not to prune the tops so they continue to grow straight up instead of branching, but what else?
Should I occasionally be removing lower stems, or not yet?
Should I be doing something specific to increase the strength of their trunks?
Do I need to try staking them early or wait until necessary?
Are there specific fertilization practices I should be using other than the usual?
I attached a photo of one, but the other 2 are very similar as they were all purchased at the same time from the same vendor.