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Old 07-12-2011, 09:12 PM
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Aralia Balfouriana (polyscias balfouriana)


Hi everyone ,
My Grandparents just got back today from Missouri and they brought me back a pink mandevilla vine, and this plant right here:




Theres two of them in this tiny pot, do you guys thing I should separate them and put them each in their own, separate, pots?

And then whats the growth habits? I am going to look them up so I don't kill them, I have never seen these before. So any care info would be highly appreciated.

I Googled them and found that they look like trees kind of? Is this true?

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:47 PM
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That is a "Dinner Plate Aralia", Polyscias scutellaria, Balfouriana is the cultivar name - pretty much a foliage plant since the flowers are inconspicuous. They are zone 10 and above, considered a shrub and can get over 5 feet tall. They pretty much like any kind of light except deep shade but does best in very bright shade. Prefers constantly moist soil. Sap from these plants can cause contact dermatitis.

Including this one, there are 7 species in the Polyscias genus.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:43 AM
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:56 AM
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Hi,
So its scientific name is actually Polyscias scutellaria, but its more common name is Aralia Balfouriana? On the tag it says "I am Aralia "Balfouriana" (Polyscias balfouriana)
Or is it just Polyscias scutellaria 'Balfouriana' or something like that?
I am getting confuse...

Maybe the company is just wrong like they sometimes are.

Thanks for the info on caring for it
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:58 AM
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So its scientific name is actually Polyscias scutellaria, but its more common name is Aralia Balfouriana.

That's correct!
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:04 AM
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Hi,
Thanks! I will probably call it by its scientific name as to not confuse anyone then.

Do you think they would benefit from being separated? Theres two plants in there. If it doesn't matter I will just leave them together.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:50 AM
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Totally up to you. I don't see where it makes any difference either way.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:35 PM
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Ok, I will leave them together then. Save me some room for more plants

Thanks for the help you have given me on these plants
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:14 AM
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I re-potted them in a much bigger pot a while ago, and just forgot to post it.

They are drying out too fast in the clay pot though so maybe I will go re-pot them again into a non-clay one and not add as much perlite.

Then the stem is wilting on the one plant, and then the leaves are wilting and drooping some to. Probably stress and then drying out too fast.

Well, off to find a different pot for them.
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