Common Name: Shield Aralia, Plum Aralia, Balfour Aralia
It is a shade loving plant. The trunk of this plant is not woody but it remains erect independently. The plant is often grown in the home or office environment due to its beautiful ornamental leaves. The plant is almost maintenance free.We can grow this plant round the year. This plant can attain maximum height of 6 feet. It is suggested that if we have kept it indoor with low sunlight and without proper ventilation, we must keep outside in diffused sunlight for minimum 1 day. It will ensure its better health.
Watering & Sunlight: This plant prefers to grow well in diffused sunlight. We should water, only when the soil becomes dry. Proper drainage by making sufficient holes in bottom of pot is must. This plant likes misting, especially during summer. But we must ensure that the plant soil should not receive excess water, otherwise misting will be a reason for overwatering in your plant.
Soil: Its potting mix must be aerated well by use of drainage media upto 20 % (river sand, Leca, Pumice/Perlite or rice husk- Use any one of them). All these items help in aeration of roots also. We can mix upto 20% cocopeat, 20 % vermi compost, 30 % sterilised garden soil + 10% Neem Cake) in its potting mix. This plant does not require frequent fertilizers. We may add fertlizers once in four months.