Plant Care False Aralia

False Aralia

4.2 out of 5 (21 experiences)

False Aralia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
False Aralia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About False Aralia

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

Dizygotheca elegantissima and Schefflera elegantissima

How to care for False Aralia


How often to water your False Aralia

Water needs for False Aralia
0.5 cups
every 9

False Aralia 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 False Aralia

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for False Aralia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant False Aralia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

False Aralia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

False Aralia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize False Aralia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for False Aralia: 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 False Aralia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

False Aralia 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for False Aralia

False Aralia

False Aralia

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

False Aralia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
False Aralia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
False Aralia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
False Aralia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
False Aralia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
False Aralia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
False Aralia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Taylormdebloomz avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 4,142 XP

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 43 Plants
xp 4,142 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 30 Plants
xp 1,553 XP

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
xp 533 XP
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
xp 52 XP
globe Butler, OH

Very fun and with a lot of leaves

Lunarlea avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 2,211 XP
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 35 Plants
xp 4,470 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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