Plant Care Polyscias Scutellaria

Polyscias Scutellaria

4.3 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Polyscias Scutellaria has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Balfour Aralia, Balfour Aralia, Dinner Plate Aralia, Fabian Aralia and Polyscias scutellaria.


Polyscias scutellaria

How to care for Polyscias Scutellaria


How often to water your Polyscias Scutellaria

Water needs for Polyscias Scutellaria
0.5 cups
every 9

Polyscias Scutellaria 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 Polyscias Scutellaria

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Balfour Aralia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Polyscias Scutellaria: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Polyscias Scutellaria may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Polyscias Scutellaria

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

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Care Summary for Polyscias Scutellaria

Polyscias Scutellaria

Polyscias Scutellaria

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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

Polyscias Scutellaria has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Polyscias Scutellaria has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Plantsfearme avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 259 XP

Make sure to keep it watered and some sunlight.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Plantopia avatar
leaf-1 168 Plants
xp 10,101 XP

Seems hearty, loves humidity and lots of sun.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Youshbaby avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 140 XP

I’ve had this aralia for almost a year now it’s still a baby plant. It grows slowly indoors but seeing the leaves get bigger is worth it.
Needs humid warm air. Mine lives in low light and near an A/C and it’s doing just fine.

It’s watered infrequently and thanks to Greg I can remember when to do so. It’s just super dramatic when it’s thirsty 😆

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantsong avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 4,470 XP

I’ve had a great time with this plant. The key is to not over water it. If I were you I would get a soil meter to determine if it’s dry or not. Leave the top of the soil dry, water from the bottom.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantkingsince2020 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 212 XP
globe Cranbrook, British Columbia

Poisonous to cats. Roots are very fragile and over watering can easily kill the plant. When transplanting you need to be very careful

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