My umbrella plant suddenly started drooping. The leaves at the bottom drooped first and then the ones at the top. Now the whole plant has drooped. Is there any way I can bring back the plant? What has caused this?Drooped plant

  • Is this the Schefflera you already asked about, or a different one?
    – Bamboo
    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:59
  • Hey, I’m posting this for the first time. Thanks.
    – Alisha G
    Jul 25, 2018 at 9:00
  • I'm so sorry - didnt have the right glasses on when I first looked and there's a question below posted by someone else whose name begins with A on the same plant! Apologies - does the pot its growing in have a drainage hole?
    – Bamboo
    Jul 25, 2018 at 9:13
  • @Bamboo No worries. :) Yes, it does have holes.
    – Alisha G
    Jul 25, 2018 at 9:14

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This plant has root rot from overwatering. The circulation system has collapsed so the leaves are not getting water.

Remove the plant from the existing pot and put in a pot with drainage. Move to higher light and cut back the plant to six inches above the soil. Wait and it should bud out in a month or so

originally this plant comes from south east Asia so it can handle hot temperatures. It should be watered when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch

  • Thank you so much. I’m living in Dubai and it’s summer here. The temperature goes near to 50C. Can the plant withstand such climate? How often should I water it?
    – Alisha G
    Jul 25, 2018 at 9:29

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