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Ming Aralia

Posted by hayley (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 12, 03 at 1:19

Hello, this is my first post in this forum.

I recently bought a Ming Aralia -- Polyscias fruticosa -- that is in an 8 inch pot, and about two and a half feet tall. It's lovely. Kind of reminds me of a marijuana plant!

Here's what it looks like:
http://www.rhapisgardens.com/ming-aralias/

I'm confused about the required lighting. I bought it at my local farmer's market, and the vendor said it requires 'low to medium' lighting. When I got home and checked the internet, I found that the information about lighting requirements isn't consistent. I've been reading that the Ming grows in either full sun or heavy shade and would be happy in a north window. Now I don't know WHERE to put this thing!

Hayley


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RE: Ming Aralia

  • Posted by Josh z8 GA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 22, 03 at 5:44

Hayley, I'd go with medium light for a few weeks to allow the plant time to adjust to possibly different humidity, water regimen, etc. in your home. You may notice a few yellowing stems appear...don't fret....it's just making itself at home. As long as new foliage continues to appear it will be fine.

After you get a "feel" for its watering needs, you can later move it to a brighter or dimmer location. In my experience these will grow well in a north window or under regular incandescent lighting if bright enough to read by. I also have a large one in an eastern window. I guess the bottom line is they like time to adjust to new sites but once they do, they grow well.

Mine go outside in summer in full shade with almost daily watering...they love our humid heat. But every fall they shed copious foliage when I bring them back inside. I like the strong gnarly stems they develop with this treatment, though, so even if they didn't lose the excess summer foliage naturally, I'd clear some away to show off the stems/trunk. Good luck...super plant! jo


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  • Posted by fpnana z7b alabama (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 6, 04 at 23:30

Does Aralia flower? My neighbor has a plant that has leaves like aralia but gets flowers like a hibiscus. I'd sure like to know what it is!


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  • Posted by Josh z8 GA (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 8, 04 at 14:49

What a surprise to see this posting. How's your Aralia doing, Hayley?

The Hibiscus is H. coccineus, and is beautiful, easy to grow and another favorite of mine! Here's a link. josh

Here is a link that might be useful: Hibiscus coccineus


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I am not a ming expert but what Josh says sounds true to my experiences.
I have bought several mings from Home Depot and all of them lost some to much foilage to yellowing leaves.

I have two mings close to three ft. tall that are rdoing well know. I would like to take some cuttings and try to propogate these plants but I am not sure how. Any help here would be great.

thanks,
nate


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  • Posted by josh z8a (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 15, 06 at 9:13

Hi Nate, No expert here but I've had good luck taking small 6-inch cuttings and placing in damp potting soil. Keep warm (68 to 75 degrees), in medium light, and don't let soil dry out. This is good time of year to try, or over the next few weeks. As soon as you see new growth, it's rooted, but I'd wait another couple of weeks before transplanting.

Some folks cover with plastic (Saran wrap) held up off leaves of cutting with bamboo sticks for extra humidity until rooted, but I've never found it necessary.

Good luck. They are slow growers but in small pots resemble bonsai. I've never been able to decide if I like my larger ones or the little fellers the most. josh


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Thanks Josh,

I had read on one site that mings will take root by simply putting them in water. I tried this a couple times with no success.

I will try what you suggested and with good hope it will work. I have two big; almost 3 feet, one medium at 18 inches in bonsai style; and one smallcutting bought for me by a friend out of an Oklahoma nursery. As far as I am concerned they are all great. Different qualities can be found in all sizes of mings.

Thanks again
nate


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  • Posted by josh z8a (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 16, 06 at 3:47

Nate, I have rooted Aralias in water but it sometimes is not possible to then successfully move to soil...I usually just leave cutting in small decorative bottle and sit on windowsill. Doesn't grow much but is still nice.

Here's a good link with advice from a real houseplant expert...I read Elbert's columns and books many years ago when I first got into plants.
There are also several other Aralias described/pictured that you might want to watch for locally. This nursery's prices seem high, but I'm glad they helped bring the Aralia back again.

josh

Here is a link that might be useful: Aralias


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Hi I happen to grow mine from cuttings. Take off all leaves but one from the stem your cutting from. Wait 24 hrs. Make your cut at least 6" and on a 45 degree angle. Cut the stem again at a 45 degree angle under water. That's important. Then dip in a rooting starter and stick in a mix of peat moss and soil medium. Keep moist. If you really want to see a plant that looks like weed it's call Coral Tree.


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By the way have you ever heard of the Snowflake Aralia. I visited that link and didn't see them on there. The leaves really take on a snowflake pattern and get about 3' wide. If your interested I have pictures. I think I got three or four around here somewhere. Mings are alright but the Snowflake is the pimped out daddy.


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I take care of plants in offices for a living and I care for a number of ming aralias in different environments. They are remarkably adaptable to a wide range of light. In bright light, they grow faster, branch more, and are much fuller, but they will live for years in fairly dim light without growing much.

The biggest error people make is keeping them too wet.


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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST GOT MY FIRST MING AT HOME DEPOT ON 28/12/06!!!!!!!! ITS PRETTY! I GOT IT $8.47+TAX!!!! DOES ANYONE NOW HOW TO TREAT THEM IN HAWAII!?!?!? I'M ONLY 12 SO PLEASE HELP!!! (I ALSO HAVE A FICUS BONAI!)


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  • Posted by josh z8a (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 30, 06 at 1:19

Try the site below for good info,

Here is a link that might be useful: Ming Aralias


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Sorry for the late coming, i just discovered this thread and though I'd reply. I have good luck rooting them in water. I've found the key to rooting them in water is to keep them in subdued light and higher temps. Remember, they don't have any roots, so can't photosynthesize much. Higher light stresses the cuttings too much and can kill them. And very important to keep them above 70. My cuttings wont root if it gets under 70 or so.

The establishing is also a tricky thing. I'm an interior landscape technician, and we use mings quite frequently. They are fussy when you are trying to estalish them. But its just like ficus: mostly because you've changed their light. They shed when fall starts rolling around because of hte change of lighting. And definitely, if they were grown in high light in their greenhouse,they'll most likely shed when you get them home. If you take an even tempered hand with them, they eventually settle down and can take almost any light you give them. In lower light, though, they get a little leggy and don't have quite as much leaves as you would like.


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Hi - I just found your site, and I am worried about a beautiful ming aralia that has been living happily in my house for a year and a half, until this month, when it suddenly started to droop. I have had leaf drop before, but that proved to be from drying out, and establishing a once every two week watering pattern has seemed to be the answer, until now. It has been quite warm in the house during the day whille I am gone, so I thought maybe it needed to be watered every week instead, but it actually looks as though it might be overwatered now. What can I try, that won't make it worse?


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I also just bought a ming from Home Depot and I love it. I needed a full looking office plant for in my cube to sit behind my monitor in the corner. There is lots of fluorescent lighting above and it catches maybe a little bit of indirect natural lighting through the windows a few aisles over (i have the ming propped up a bit and peeks over the wall about 6-7 inches). I was also confused about how much light this plant would need so i purchased the Miracle grow plant food spikes and stuck a few in. I was hoping that would help give it nutrients. I am noticing what you guys were talking about how it turns yellowish and starts to shed. Perhaps it is also adjusting. Any tips on using the miracle grow? The yellowing started to happen about a week after i stuck the sticks in. overall it looks good, dry in some areas and i am watering it about every other day, just a little but on top to keep the soil cold and only slightly damp. on the weekend i moved it to the confrence room to get more light, and coming back this monday, is when i saw the most damaging.. maybe i'll leave ming ming in the same spot over the weekends too??


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anybody still on Arealas here ??? Helllooooooo


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I bought what looks to be 'Snowflake,' today at Home Depot.


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Could please help me with my Aralia? It took a nasty bump from a cat and most of the dirt fell out of the pot. I picked it up quickly, but now the leaves are rather droopy and after looking into the pot a few days later, I found fuzzy mold on the top layer. I removed that dirt and replaced it with an organic bonsai soil…I know it would have been better to just re-pot, but it does not look to be in good enough condition to tolerate that very well.

It’s about 9 inches high with a thick trunk and branches. It’s been about two years since I potted it after bringing it home.


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