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What plant is this?
#146406 Oct 28th, 2007 at 10:38 AM
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Does anyone know what type of plant this is?

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khorysmom #146407 Oct 28th, 2007 at 10:40 AM
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Here is another picture of it....

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khorysmom #146408 Oct 28th, 2007 at 10:55 AM
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It looks like a type of schefflera. But not a kind that I have. Check out Brassaia actinophylla


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Tina #146410 Oct 28th, 2007 at 11:13 AM
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It says that it's an umbrella tree. On the ones I found online the stump or the whatever it is you'd call it isn't growing in weird ways like this one. I tried to straigten it out, but it won't go. I just have it being supported by a thingy. Is it supposed to grow that way?

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khorysmom #146414 Oct 28th, 2007 at 11:27 AM
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I saw that you had a twisted trunk. I think that adds interest. The trunks are ropey when they are young. I have seen them braided. I got a very small one about 14 years ago. It was a newly rooted cutting in a little tiny 1 inch pot. It is now over 10 feet tall and I keep cutting in back. The trunk is about an 8 inch diameter now. Of course that is outside in my mild climate.
If you are wanting a straighter trunk, You are going to need to prune it. I would start by pinching out any new top growth until it developed some branches/leaves lower down. Then cut down to the new growth. These are actually fairly easy to root from cuttings also. I have taken some from mine and shared them.


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Re: What plant is this?
Tina #146488 Oct 28th, 2007 at 04:23 PM
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the trunk may also be twisted from lighting issues. if the light gets to it from a single direction, and you wait too long to turn it, it will get that twisted effect. very interesting!

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#146709 Oct 29th, 2007 at 05:48 AM
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I actually just acquired this tree this weekend. My stepmom said that she's had it forever. It's been inside all the years of it's life. I don't remember how old she said that it is. I don't mind the twisty trunk, I think it's kinda cool. So to propagate it if I ever choose to do that, I just take off one of the new sets of leaves and put it in water?? I think it'd be super cool if I could have it outside, but it'd never make it here thru our winters. Is the twisty trunk bad for it? I'll just make sure I always have it supported.

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khorysmom #146982 Oct 29th, 2007 at 05:02 PM
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Re: What plant is this?
RugbyHukr #147014 Oct 29th, 2007 at 06:26 PM
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actually, to propagate it, you need a few of the sets of leaves on a stem together, like how the end of a stem stays green for a while, but you have 4-5 sets of leaves sticking out in all directions from it. you can use that green part. the woody part won't work. and what i do is just poke the starts down in the pot with the momma.

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#147171 Oct 30th, 2007 at 07:52 AM
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Ok. I think I'm understanding what you're saying Jiffymouse. I use one of the long stems that has 4 or so leaves on it and stick it in the dirt with the mommy? Do I have to take off more than just one set of leaves, or can I just use one long one?

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khorysmom #147345 Oct 30th, 2007 at 07:28 PM
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It is a schlefflera. I have one. It's got leaves a bit different than the more common ones.

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manderlyh #147379 Oct 30th, 2007 at 08:28 PM
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you need a section of the thick stem that the long piece with leaves grows from. there should be at least 3 of the long pieces with leaves on the section of the thick stem. 5-8 is better, as long as it is still green.

you will want to cut off the bottom 2-5 long pieces as this is where the roots will start. that is what you stick in the soil. while it is rooting, you will want the soil a little more moist than normal, but not soaking.

hope this helps! rooting powder also helps.


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