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How to Care for the Dwarf Umbrella Tree - Varnish + Vine

How to Care for the Dwarf Umbrella Tree

If you're looking for a low-maintenance houseplant that's easy to care for and adds a touch of green to your living space, look no further than the dwarf umbrella tree. With its small size and unique shape, this plant is perfect for any home or office.

In this guide, we'll cover the basics of dwarf umbrella tree care, including watering, lighting, fertilizing, and repotting. We’ll also go over the most common issues with these plants and how to avoid them.


Watering is crucial to keep the Dwarf Umbrella Tree healthy. By abiding by these straightforward maintenance guidelines, you can guarantee that your plant will remain in a healthy, attractive condition for a long time. To determine if the soil needs watering, insert your finger to a depth of one inch into the soil in the pot and feel for dryness. If it is dry, then it is necessary to provide water. Over Watering can cause root rot, which will eventually kill the plant, while under-watering can cause the leaves to wilt and dry out. The key to watering the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is to strike a balance between too much and too little water.

To avoid over-watering, make sure the soil is completely dry before watering again. You can test the soil by sticking your finger about an inch into the pot. If the soil feels dry, it is time to water your succulent. When you do water, make sure to soak the soil thoroughly, and allow any excess water to drain away.


The Dwarf Umbrella Tree thrives in bright, indirect light. It can also tolerate low light conditions but not direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and cause them to turn yellow.

If you notice that your plant isn't getting enough light, you can supplement with artificial light using a grow light. Place the light a few inches above the plant and leave it on for 10-12 hours a day.


Fertilizing the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is crucial to promote healthy growth. You can use a balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) to provide the necessary nutrients for the plant.

Avoid fertilizing in the winter when the plant is dormant. Over-fertilizing can lead to leaf burn and other problems, so make sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package.


As your Dwarf Umbrella Tree grows, it may need to be repotted into a larger container. You can tell it's time to repot when the roots start to grow out of the drainage holes or when the soil dries out quickly.

To repot, gently remove the plant from its current container and place it in a larger one with fresh potting soil. Water thoroughly and allow the plant to adjust to its new home.

Common Issues

Although the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is relatively easy to care for, it can still face some problems. The most common issues include spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. If you notice any of these insects on your plant, you can use insecticidal soap to eliminate them.

Yellow leaves can also be an indication of a problem. Over-watering, under-watering, or direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn yellow. Adjust the watering or lighting conditions to determine the cause of the problem.


To sum it all up, the Dwarf Umbrella Tree is a great choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance, unique houseplant. By following these simple care instructions, you can ensure that your plant stays healthy and beautiful for years to come. With a little bit of care, you can enjoy the benefits of this beautiful plant and the touch of green it brings to your home or office.

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