The Balfour Aralia (Polyscias balfouriana) is a graceful addition to your indoor jungle. With its lacy foliage, it brings a touch of the tropics to your space. Follow these care tips, and your Balfour Aralia will be a green companion for years to come.
Light: Place your Balfour Aralia in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but it thrives best with moderate to bright, filtered light. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry. Ensure good drainage to prevent water accumulation at the roots.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with organic matter. A mix formulated for tropical plants or general-purpose potting soil works well. Repot the Balfour Aralia every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current pot.
Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a temperature range of 60-75°F (15-24°C). Balfour Aralia appreciates higher humidity levels. Regular misting or placing a tray of water nearby can help create a more humid environment.
Fertilizing: Feed your Balfour Aralia with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Withhold fertilizer in the winter when growth slows.
Pruning: Prune your Polyscias balfouriana to shape and control its size. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves regularly. This encourages a bushy, well-groomed appearance.
Pets: Polyscias balfouriana is generally non-toxic to pets, but it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach of curious animals.