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10 Tips on How to Care for False Aralia (Plerandra elegantissima)

How to Care for False Aralia

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Recent studies have been conducted on how common indoor plants, such as false aralia, can improve environmental perception, increase air quality, and provide health benefits to those living in it.

According to the findings of this research, false aralia can provide a wide range of benefits when used as an indoor plant. It is important to note that many other studies have focused on the positive impacts of using indoor plants for air quality, aesthetics, mental well-being, and physical health.

For instance, a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that having plants indoors contributed to improved psychological well-being among people living there. Research Gate found that having plants in a room resulted in better ambient air quality. At the same time, a third study conducted by Preventive Medicine concluded that having plants indoors could boost physiological functioning and reduce stress levels among participants.

More recently, a paper published in Horticultural Science discussed various types of houseplants suitable for particular spaces based on their ability to purify the environment from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Additionally, research done at Belmont University concluded that introducing selected houseplants in office buildings would reduce total VOCs while increasing the amount of oxygen measured in the environment.

False aralias are a great choice for houseplants as they come with many benefits. Not only do they help to improve air quality, but they also contribute to creating a more calming and inviting atmosphere. Therefore it is important to consider this plant when choosing suitable indoor plants for your home or office space.

1.- About False Aralia

The false Aralia, also known as Plerandra elegantissima, finger aralia, or spider aralia, is an extremely well-liked houseplant. These tropical plants have gorgeously textured foliage with dark green leaves that often also emerge in a copper or burgundy color. Juvenile plants typically feature foliage that has more texture, whereas mature plants tend to be more deeply lobed.

It is a slow-growing variety, but the plant can eventually reach a height of up to 6 feet when it is fully grown. This means that you can grow false aralia plants for a number of years without growing too large. False Aralia is a plant that is native to the South Pacific and may be planted at any time of the year.

It can be grown as an outdoor plant in USDA zones 10 through 12 or as an indoor plant in any location so long as it receives bright, indirect sunlight. Watering this plant too often can lead to root rot, so allowing the soil to dry out between watering is important.

When cared for properly, false aralia plant (Plerandra elegantissima) makes an excellent addition to any home. The false aralia plant is an increasingly popular indoor plant due to its unique appearance and easy-to-care-for nature.

Its low, sprawling habit and feather-like leaves give it the illusion of being made of feathers. In contrast, its resistance to changes in temperature makes it an ideal choice for those with a busy lifestyle.

However, the lack of humidity is the primary issue that arises in colder conditions, particularly when the heat is turned on inside the home. Unless you can boost the humidity to a proper level, some of the plant’s leaves may fall off. Aside from that, cultivating indoors is not too difficult as long as there is consistent moisture and a window that receives adequate bright light.

The false Aralia is a beautiful and exotic plant that makes a stunning addition to any home. With a little extra care in cooler months, it will thrive indoors for many years to come.

Additionally, research has shown that having plants in your house will have amazing benefits for you! Visit our article Amazing Psychological Effects of Nature in Pet-Friendly Interiors to find out more!

How to Care for False Aralia

False Aralia

2.- Selecting the Best soil for False Aralia

Any plant-lover knows that potting soil is one of the most important tools in maintaining a healthy garden. The type of potting soil you use can make all the difference in a plant’s growth and development.

This is especially true for these tropical plants, which require a porous, well-draining soil or potting mix in order to thrive.

An excessive amount of water retention can be detrimental to these delicate plants, so it is essential that the soil drain quickly. To begin, you might test out a mixture that contains peat moss.

When you propagate or repot false aralia plants, handle them with care, and keep in mind that it will take these slow-growing plants some time to attain their full height.

3.- The Best light for False Aralia

Bright, indirect light is ideal for the growth of false Aralia. The amount of bright light that is present in the environment has an effect on the color of the leaves; the more light that is there, the darker the mature leaves will seem. However, you should take care not to expose the plant to any particularly strong direct sunlight.

They are able to inflict harm to the delicate, papery leaves, which can result in the leaves becoming brown. An area exposed to direct sun for a few hours in the morning, such as a window facing east, should work just well. However, try to avoid the harsh direct afternoon sun.

In addition, make sure that the container is rotated regularly so that the plant is exposed to indirect light from various angles as it grows.

How to Care for False Aralia

False Aralia Variegated (Dizygotheca Elegantissima)

4.- How to Water False Aralia

While False Aralia plants are relatively easy to care for, they require consistent moisture to thrive. The best way to gauge whether or not the plant needs watering is to check the top one or two inches of soil. If the soil is dry to the touch, it is time to water again.

This is a good rule of thumb to follow, as it will help ensure that the plant receives the moisture it needs without becoming waterlogged. The False Aralia will provide years of beauty and enjoyment with proper care.

5.- How to Fertilize False Aralia

False Aralia does not have stringent needs for the amount of fertilizer it receives, making it a low-maintenance plant. You can boost your plant throughout its growing season (spring and summer) by using a liquid houseplant fertilizer and applying it per the label’s recommendations.

These plants may drop leaves or have other growth issues if you don’t maintain a steady fertilization schedule. 

False Aralia is not known to be particularly picky about the type of fertilizer that it receives, so you can use any type of houseplant fertilizer that you have on hand. However, it is important to avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to leaf burn.

If you are unsure about how much fertilizer to apply, it is always best to err on the side of caution and apply a smaller amount than you think you need.

How to Care for False Aralia

False Aralia

6.- Best Temperature and Humidity for False Aralia

False Aralia detests the presence of cold. The temperature range in which false Aralia is most likely to thrive is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit; however, it can withstand brief temperature dips down to approximately 45 degrees for short periods of time.

However, suppose the temperature stays below 60 degrees for an extended period of time. In that case, the plant will lose its leaves and eventually perish. In addition, false Aralia thrives best in humid environments and requires humidity levels of at least 50 percent in order to be healthy.

You can increase the humidity of your plant’s environment by misting it with water or by placing its pot on a shallow tray that is filled with water and stones. When doing the latter, ensure that the bottom of the pot is not sitting.

7.- How to Propagate False Aralia

False Aralia is a stunning plant that can liven up a room – and the best part is that it’s easy to propagate! Stem tip cuttings are the best way to generate new plants, and spring is the ideal time to do it. Just cut a stem from an existing plant, apply some rooting powder, and plant it in fertile soil.

You can also place the cutting in a plastic bag to keep it moist. Once you have your stem cutting, it’s time to start growing your false Aralia seedlings.

The best way to do this is in a fluorescent light terrarium, as direct sunlight can kill plants and seedlings. Make sure to cover and spray the seedling with a plastic bag until it grows.

Once it reaches maturity, false Aralia can tolerate a wide range of temperatures – from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. One thing to keep in mind is that moving False Aralia can be detrimental to the plant.

If at all possible, choose a room for the plant’s spring reproduction and leave it be. Climate and location greatly impact how well a False Aralia seedling will grow.

How to Care for False Aralia

False Aralia

8.- Common Pests and Diseases – False Aralia

Mealybugs, spider mites, scale, thrips, and whitefly can all be a problem for false aralia plants. These pests will locate themselves in the cubbyholes and undersides of the leaves and can cause a variety of problems. Root rot, leaf-spot disease, botrytis, powdery mildew, and southern blight are some of the most common diseases that can affect plants.

These pests and diseases can cause serious damage to false aralia plants, so it is important to be on the lookout for them. If you find some mealybugs or spider mites in your false Aralia, isolate an infested plant and treat it immediately with a solution of insecticidal soap.

By taking some simple precautions, you can help to keep your plant healthy and free from these problems.

9.- When should I repot my False Aralia?

This tropical plant is a slow-growing, easy-to-care-for plant that can make a stunning addition to any home. When potting faux Aralia, it is important to choose a container that is only slightly larger than the root ball, as this plant is root-bound. Unglazed clay containers are ideal as they allow excess soil moisture to evaporate.

All containers must have drainage holes. This plant prefers slightly acidic to neutral, well-drained soil. Instead of sponge-like potting material, use peat. You want a combination that holds moisture but drains rapidly and doesn’t get soggy. As faux Aralia grows large, only one per container is recommended.

This slow-growing plant needs repotting every other year. If roots grow out of the drainage holes or soil, it is time to repot your plant. With a little TLC, your faux Aralia will thrive for many years to come.

10.- How to prune False Aralias

This plant is very slow-growing, so it doesn’t need to be pruned often. However, it’s still important to promptly remove any infected or damaged areas of the plant to keep the rest of the plant healthy.

Infected areas can spread quickly and damage the plant beyond repair if they’re not dealt with swiftly. Even though this plant grows slowly, it’s still important to give it the care it needs in order to keep it healthy!

How to Care for False Aralia

False Aralia Variegated (Dizygotheca Elegantissima)

Final Thoughts

Arranging plants in your home can be both an art and a science. One factor in creating a perfect space for houseplants is avoiding common plant care mistakes. From knowing when to water the plants, determining sunlight levels, and monitoring humidity in the air or the soil, it’s important to give each plant what it needs to thrive in any given climate.

Plant toxicity is also a critical consideration when arranging plants in a home, particularly if children or pets are in the equation. You should also research where to buy quality houseplants at a good price and stay aware of upcoming trends and how to get rid of common household pests that may affect your plants’ health.

One unique way to create harmony in your space is to learn how to talk to your houseplant! Use natural light if available, use grow lights in darker spaces, and get a moisture meter for measuring humidity in different corners of the house. These tips help with choosing the perfect spot for your houseplant and keeping them healthy over time.

Hangings plants are another fun option for decorating any living space – from the delicate pot and string displays through lush green foliage in hanging gardens – paired with pet-friendly indoor trees, you can find the perfect combination for your interior design.

Finally, don’t forget about fertilizing houseplants – this helps keep them in tip-top condition! In conclusion, Falsa Aralia makes an excellent low-maintenance houseplant that is pet-friendly and accentuates many home designs.

Care for False Aralia – FAQ

Can You Grow False Aralia Inside?

Yes, you can grow false Aralia inside.

Can false aralias be in direct sun all day?

No, Direct sun can cause the leaf drop and edges to turn brown.

Do false aralias have different names?

Yes, other common names are spider aralia, finger aralia, and threadleaf Aralia.

What will happen to my false Aralia once it matures?

 As the plant matures, the leaves change, and they usually become longer and more heavily lobed. And as the trunk matures, it becomes woody, while young stem growth is soft.

When is false Aralia’s growing season?

Springtime is the prime growing season for these house plants.

What type of pot do false aralias like?

False Aralia likes a tight pot. Also, these house plants don’t like to be moved or repotted often. 

What are the most common false aralia problems?

Keep an eye for mealybugs, spider mites, scale, thrips, and whitefly when growing false Aralia indoors. These pests can cause a variety of problems, including root rot, leaf-spot disease, botrytis, powdery mildew, and southern blight.


How to Care for False Aralia

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M.Arch. Julio Arco
M.Arch. Julio Arco

Bachelor of Architecture - ITESM University
Master of Architecture - McGill University
Architecture in Urban Context Certificate - LDM University
Interior Designer - Havenly
Architecture Professor - ITESM University

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