My Dwarf Schefflera, Part 1, The Bonsai Zone, May 2023

Welcome to “My Dwarf Schefflera, Part 1,” the latest installment in The Bonsai Zone series. In this post, we will delve into the world of dwarf scheffleras, also known as umbrella trees, and discover everything there is to know about caring for these miniature yet robust bonsai trees. Whether you’re a seasoned bonsai enthusiast or just starting on your journey, this post is sure to provide valuable insights and tips on how to cultivate and maintain a healthy and thriving dwarf schefflera. So grab a cup of tea and join us as we embark on this bonsai adventure together.

My Dwarf Schefflera, Part 1: The Bonsai Zone, May 2023


Bonsai is an art that requires a lot of patience, dedication, and skill. As a bonsai enthusiast, I know that it takes years of effort to create a beautiful and healthy bonsai tree. Today, I will be discussing my experience with defoliating and pruning my dwarf Schefflera bonsai tree.


Defoliation is an important technique used in bonsai to encourage new growth. In the video, you can see that I removed the indoor leaves on my dwarf Schefflera tree to make room for hardy outdoor leaves that can handle full sun. This technique helps the tree to grow more rapidly and develops its structure.

Defoliation also reveals the growth rates and branch structure of the tree. By removing the leaves, you can clearly see the direction in which the branches are growing and identify potential crossing branches, congestion, and long branches.

However, before defoliating, it is important to ensure the tree is healthy. Defoliation can be stressful for the tree, and it needs to have a good nutrient supply and water balance.


Pruning is another essential technique used in bonsai to maintain its overall shape and structure. In the video, you can observe how I pruned my dwarf Schefflera tree.

It is important to avoid crossing branches, congestion, and long branches. Pruning helps to keep the tree dense and compact, and its branches symmetrically spaced. Congested areas can be intentionally left for aesthetics.

Branches should divide and ramify to achieve a dense structure. It is essential to keep an eye on the tree’s health and growth pattern while pruning to prevent overcutting or under-cutting the structure.

Aerial Roots and Pest Control

Aerial roots of the tree may dry out and require misting. Misting helps to maintain the required moisture level in the roots, which helps the tree grow.

Before moving the tree outdoors, it is important to spray it with soap and water to remove scale insects. Scale insects can damage the tree, and it is necessary to prevent any infestation.

Protection Against Cold Temperatures

As seen in the video, I am keeping my dwarf Schefflera in the greenhouse for protection against cold temperatures. The tree requires a specific range of temperature and humidity, and it is essential to maintain them according to its needs.

Tips for Defoliating and Pruning your Dwarf Schefflera Bonsai Tree

  • Use a sharp pair of scissors or shears while pruning.
  • Keep moisture levels in check to avoid excessive stress on the tree.
  • Avoid overcutting or under-cutting the structure while pruning.
  • Identify potential crossing branches, congestion, and long branches before defoliating.


Bonsai is a rewarding hobby and requires a lot of care and effort. Defoliating and pruning are necessary techniques to maintain the health and structure of your bonsai tree. By keeping the above tips in mind, you can create a healthy and beautiful dwarf Schefflera bonsai tree.


  1. When is the best time to defoliate a dwarf Schefflera bonsai tree?
    A: The best time to defoliate your tree is during the growing season, when the tree is actively growing.

  2. Is it necessary to mist the aerial roots of a dwarf Schefflera bonsai tree?
    A: Yes, misting the aerial roots helps to maintain the required moisture level in the roots, which helps the tree grow.

  3. Can pruning be done at any time of the year?
    A: Pruning can be done at any time of the year, but it is usually done during the growing season.

  4. How often should the soap and water spray be applied to avoid scale insects on the bonsai tree?
    A: The soap and water spray can be applied every two weeks to avoid any infestation.

  5. How frequently should a dwarf Schefflera bonsai tree be fertilized?
    A: The tree should be fertilized every two to three weeks during the growing season.

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