Aralia, Polyscias, is a fast-growing plant ideal for cool spots. Aralias can be fussy; they need fresh air, but no drafts, good light, but not direct sun, and enough water, but not too much. If aralia is doing well, don’t move it.
The genus Polyscias include tropical shrubs and trees. They make attractive foliage plants for indoors.
Polyscias grow well in a mixture of fibrous loam, leafmold, and a bit of aged compost with sand and charcoal to make it porous.
Polyscias are propagated by cuttings of the leafy tops, or heel cuttings from an old cut-back plant.
Get to Know Aralia
- Plant type: Subtropical shrub or small tree or houseplant
- Growing Zones and range: 7-11
- Hardiness: In tropical areas of Florida and Hawaii sometimes grown as a hedge, or small patio tree or container shrub
- Height and width: 3’- 15’ tall, depending on the type
- Foliage: Deep green divided leaves
- Uses: Shrub or hedge in tropical Florida and Hawaii; houseplant in most regions
- Botanical name: Polyscias spp.
- Common name: Aralia
Where to Plant Aralia
- Keep in bright light away from direct sun.
- Aralia needs to be kept warm, a minimum of 65°F (18°C) in winter.
- Plant aralia in a commercial potting mix for houseplants.
How to Water and Feed Aralia
- Keep soil moist most of the year and on the dry side in winter when growth is less active.
- Fertilize aralia with half-strength 10-10-10 fertilizer with each watering.
- Aralia needs ample humidity or it will drop its leaves.
- Aralia drops its leaves when conditions are less than ideal or when conditions change.
Aralia Varieties to Grow
- Polyscias scutellaria also called dinner-plate aralia.
- P. fruticosa also called Ming aralia grow to 8 feet.