Polyscias - Care tips

Polyscias leaves


The Polyscias is a genus of flowering plants in the Araliaceae family. About 180 species of Polyscias grow all over the earth. In fact, it grows mostly in subtropical climates. This beauty is native to Polynesia. This green friend is best known by the name "Aralia", but her real name is quite correct. Polyscias means "many" and "shade" in Greek, which suits the plant's beautiful foliage (which will provide plenty of shade). This Polyscias is a great plant tree covered with cute round leaves with light purple undersides that partially cover the stems. The benefits of this plant is that besides being a beautiful masterpiece in your interior, it is also a quality air enhancer.

Polyscias Care Tips

Light and placement Polyscias

Since the Polyscias originally grows in subtropical forests in Polynesia, it is ideal to put your tough lady in a light place without direct sunlight on the leaves. This could cause her leaves to scorch. Your green lady likes to be warm, so a room mealles above 15°C is fine. Ideally, the plant should be in an environment with a temperature of 18 to 29°C, so avoid north-facing windows. This plant is also ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, as it prefers moderate to high humidity. Dry air can even lead to leaf fall. You can prevent this by misting the plant regularly or creating a small indoor forest by putting several plants together.


Polyscias don't like soggy ''feet'', so make sure you don't overwater your green friend! The amount of water your palm needs depends on how the top soil layer feels when you touch it. It's better to keep it slightly dry. In summer, once a week is enough, but in winter you can slow down and water her only once every fortnight. Your green lady is also a bit fussy about her water. If you give her as much soft water as possible, your Polyscias will thrive even faster!


If you want your Polyscias to grow fast and healthy, give her some plant food like our PLNTS nutrition. During the growing period, feeding once a month with a balanced fertiliser is perfect. You will see your beloved tree grow very quickly in spring!

Polyscias plant

Propagating Polyscias

Most Polyscias can be propagated by cutting off branches. To do this, choose a healthy branch 20 centimetres long and cut it off. You can then plant the cut branch in soil rich in organic matter. Soil rich in organic matter so that root growth is faster. It may take up to a month for the branch of Polyscias to develop roots. After that, it is best to wait until your beloved cutting has grown a little before repotting it into a larger pot.

Most common pests on Polyscias

Polyscias are susceptible to spider mites, aphids and scale insects. If the soil lacks nutrients and is dry, spider mites may appear. Remember to use a plant sprayer to regularly moisten the plant to prevent pests and diseases. A healthy plant is one that is less susceptible to pests and diseases! If you want to be sure what kind of pest your plant is dealing with, check out our PLNTSdoctor page to recognise and eliminate your plant pests! If you are interested in organic pest control, you can check out our shop. We also sell organic pesticides.

Are Polyscias poisonous for your pets or children?

The thing about Polyscias is that it depends on the species whether it is poisonous or not! It is an air-purifying plant, but it is therefore sometimes toxic to pets or children. So it is best to keep your four-legged friend and your children away from your Polyscias. That way, something can definitely never go wrong.

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