If you were after an easy going, fast-growing plant then you’ve made the perfect choice with the umbrella tree! This guy’s dark and glossy green leaves splay out forming lots of mini umbrellas as he grows taller and taller. And boy will he grow tall if you let him.
Difficulty level – easy
We reckon they are the perfect low maintenance alternative to the fiddle leaf fig and we have plenty of them on offer here.
Medium light. If you find that your umbrella tree becomes leggy and floppy, it is a sign that he needs more light so move him somewhere brighter. Any direct sunlight will burn his leaves so keep him away from hot windows and sunrays.
This umbrella tree doesn’t mind drying out a bit between watering. In fact, the worst thing you can do is overwater him! If you do, his leaves will turn yellow and drop off, and nobody wants that, so allow the top few inches of soil to completely dry out before watering again.
Feed your umbrella tree with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). During the warmer months, he likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.
This guy hates dry air so if you have him near a heater or have ducted aircon through your house you will start to notice his leaves turning brown, they are drying out from lack of moisture. The easiest long-term solution is a diffuser to give him the moisture he needs when there is constant heat/ cool air flowing on him.
Toxic to cats and dogs.