Polyscias - Ming Aralia, Balfour Aralia

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Polyscias - Ming Aralia, Balfour Aralia

Several types of polyscias are grown as house plants. They require full sun to bright light and moderately moist but not constantly wet soil. Polyscias are not be watered as often in winter. Keep temperatures above 55 degrees with ideal temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees. Repotting is done in February or March. Do not place polyscias in direct sun after repotting.

Methods of propagation included stem cuttings, root cuttings, suckers, and air layering. To obtain shoots for stem cuttings, cut off the tops of old plants to stimulate shoot formation. The shoots can be used as cuttings when they are 4 inches long. Rooting will be faster with bottom heat of 70 to 75 degrees. One inch lengths of root can be used for cuttings. These are inserted into sandy soil with the tops level with the soil surface. Suckers with roots already formed may be detached from the base of the plant.

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