How To Propagate An Umbrella Plant: A Simple Guide For Beginners

Propagating an umbrella plant is a great way to expand your collection of houseplants without spending too much money. Umbrella plants, also known as schefflera arboricola or dwarf umbrella trees, are popular indoor plants that are easy to care for and grow quickly under the right conditions. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how you can propagate an umbrella plant.

Understanding Umbrella Plants

Umbrella plants have glossy green leaves that resemble little umbrellas, hence their name. They can grow up to 8 feet tall in their natural habitat but typically reach about 3-6 feet indoors.

They prefer bright indirect sunlight and moist soil but can tolerate some shade and dryness as well. These plants also thrive in warm temperatures between 60°F -75°F.

There are several ways of propagating these beautiful plants including through stem cuttings or air layering techniques.

Propagating Through Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings is one of the easiest methods for propagating an umbrella plant. Here’s what you need:

• A healthy matured motherplant
• Sharp pruning shears or scissors
• Water
• Potting soil mix
• Sterilized cutting knife

Step-by-Step Propagation Guide:

1) Locate a healthy shoot with at least three-four leaf nodes on your parent plant.
2) Make a slanted cut below this node with sterilized cutting knife.
3) Remove all bottom leaves near the base of the stem so that only two-three uppermost leaves remain
4) Plant it into potting soil mix after dipping it into water for few minutes.
5) Keep soil moist by watering it regularly until new growth emerges within four-six weeks.

Propagation Through Air Layering Technique

Air layering is another efficient method of propagating an umbrella tree from its branches while still attached to parent plant.Here’s how:

What You Need:

• Spray bottle filled with water
• Paper towel or sphagnum moss
• Plastic wrap
• Garden twine
• Pruning shears or scissors

Step-by-Step Propagation Guide:

1) Identify a healthy branch with leaves on your parent plant.
2) Make a small cut through the outer layer of bark (about 1 inch long).
3) Wrap the affected area with damp paper towels or soaked sphagnum moss and cover it well by plastic wrap to keep it moist. Secure it using garden twine.
4) The roots will form within four-six weeks.
5) Once root formation is visible, you can remove the rooted section carefully from parent plant.


Propagating an umbrella plant isn’t difficult if you have patience and follow instructions correctly. Stem cutting method is fast and easy but requires extra care during watering. Air-layering may take some time, but you get several plants at once. No matter which method you choose, just remember to maintain proper humidity levels while propagating these beautiful indoor plants!