Plant Care Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Dizygotheca Elegantissima

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Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Dizygotheca Elegantissima

This evergreen shrub or tree in the Araliaceae family is often grown as a houseplant in temperate regions. It's a good specimen plant in tubs for home and commercial office corners, atria or as a specimen tree in larger interior landscape sites. It is a commonly cultivated outdoor tree in Hawaii, Florida & parts of California.


Plerandra elegantissima

Also known as

False Aralia, False Aralia, Dizygotheca elegantissima, Schefflera elegantissima, Galaxy False Aralia and Olympia False Aralia

How to care for Dizygotheca Elegantissima

💦 Water

How often to water your Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Water needs for Dizygotheca Elegantissima
0.5 cups
every 9

Dizygotheca Elegantissima needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for False Aralia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dizygotheca Elegantissima: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dizygotheca Elegantissima love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dizygotheca Elegantissima does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dizygotheca Elegantissima in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dizygotheca Elegantissima: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dizygotheca Elegantissima after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dizygotheca Elegantissima is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing False Aralia →

Common False Aralia Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Dizygotheca Elegantissima prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

False Aralia Water Frequency →

False Aralia Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dizygotheca Elegantissima requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

False Aralia Light Requirements →

False Aralia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dizygotheca Elegantissima is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

False Aralia Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Dizygotheca Elegantissima doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

False Aralia Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Dizygotheca Elegantissima does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for False Aralia →

💩 Fertilizer

Dizygotheca Elegantissima should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize False Aralia →

🌎 Native Region

Dizygotheca Elegantissima is native to Southwest Pacific.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Dizygotheca Elegantissima bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

False Aralia Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dizygotheca Elegantissima grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune False Aralia →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dizygotheca Elegantissima can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

False Aralia Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Dizygotheca Elegantissima can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Dizygotheca Elegantissima, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Dizygotheca Elegantissima has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
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I love this plant. I have it in its regular form and this variegated one. It has been a faster grower. No issues with Arayah the variegated one. Just to water when soil is dried out.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,202 XP

I thought this plant was a goner. I overwatered her and she was bad off. I sat her in front of my window and neglected her for 2 weeks and she had new growth. So this plant is very forgiving but really sensitive as well.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@Katy410 avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
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Easy to over and under water. Having a hard time finding a sweet spot with the right amount of water and the right pot that doesn’t trap the water moisture inside. She doesn’t like that either.

Browns easily Browns easily
@num1mun avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Montclair, NJ

He’s hangin in there luv him tho

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Riley avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Butler, OH

Very fun and with a lot of leaves

@Lunarlea avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
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globe Denver, CO

This plant does not like change! I also don’t think it likes its soil to be too wet or too dry and it definitely needs a bright Sunny area. It drops leaves FAST when it is not happy and is very temperamental. Hopefully I can get mine to be happy again!

Browns easily Browns easily
@Plantsong avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 4,598 XP

Cute little plant. Keeps to itself, no pest issue. Just let it be.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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