Plant Care Octopus Tree

Octopus Tree

Also known as

Australia umbrella tree, Queensland umbrella tree, octopus tree and amate


Schefflera actinophylla

How to care for Octopus Tree


How often to water your Octopus Tree

Water needs for Octopus Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Octopus Tree 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 Octopus Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Octopus Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Octopus Tree: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Octopus Tree 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 Octopus Tree

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

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Care Summary for Octopus Tree

Octopus Tree

Octopus Tree

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.

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