Plerandra elegantissima 'Bianca'

Elegant Schefflera 'Bianca'

Plerandra elegantissima 'Bianca'

Elegant Schefflera 'Bianca'

  • Tropical shrub with palmately pinnate leaves
  • White variegated leaf markings
  • Solitary in tropical terrariums
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Description

The False Aralia is also listed under Dizygotheca or Schefflera. This tropical plant with beautiful palmately pinnate foliage originates from moist forests, sometimes dry forests, in the southwest of New Caledonia, a Pacific archipelago with unique endemic flora. In the tropics Plerandra elegantissima becomes a tall tree, but as an ornamental it is kept small and shrubby by pruning and cutting propagation. There are different cultivars, 'Bianca' has relatively small, coarsely pinnate leaves with white margins, 7-9 cm long.

The False Aralia grows best in well-drained, humus-rich soil. This is kept slightly moist and should neither dry out nor become waterlogged. When the plant is well established, it can be supplied with a houseplant fertiliser. The temperature is best above 20 °C and should not fall below 16 °C for a long time. A bright place without full sun is recommended. Propagation is by cuttings.

Plerandra elegantissima 'Bianca' is suitable for rainforest as well as drier tropical terrarium types. Its white-edged, palmate leaves contrast with many other tropical plants. Old plants make striking solitaires, but young plants also make a pretty accent on the terrarium floor.

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Plerandra elegantissima 'Bianca'
Cultivation options As a houseplant in pots or in terrariums
Growth height Up to 2 meters indoors, limited by size in terrariums
Temperature Warm, ideally 18 - 24 °C
Humidity Up to 75 %
Light requirement Bright, indirect light; tolerates semi-shade
Watering Moderate, allow soil surface to dry out between waterings
Fertilization Half-strength fertilization in spring and summer, rest in winter
Propagation Cuttings or sowing
Suitable for Terrariums with high humidity requirements, as a solitary plant or in groups
Cultivation options
As a houseplant in pots or in terrariums
Growth height
Up to 2 meters indoors, limited by size in terrariums
Temperature
Warm, ideally 18 - 24 °C
Humidity
Up to 75 %
Light requirement
Bright, indirect light; tolerates semi-shade
Watering
Moderate, allow soil surface to dry out between waterings
Fertilization
Half-strength fertilization in spring and summer, rest in winter
Propagation
Cuttings
Suitable for
Various tropical terrariums

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