Aralia plant care guide

Aralia plant

Aralia plants, also known as Polyscias, are popular houseplants appreciated for their lush, tropical foliage. They come in various forms and leaf shapes, making them versatile for different interior design styles. Here's a plant care guide for Aralia plants:

Aralia plants belong to the Polyscias genus and are native to tropical regions of Asia and the Pacific Islands. They are characterized by their attractive, pinnately compound leaves with multiple leaflets arranged along a central stem.

Care guide


Aralia plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as it can scorch their leaves. Place them near a window with filtered or curtain-filtered light. Insufficient light may result in leggy growth, while too much direct sun can cause leaf burn.


Aralia plants thrive in temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C and 27°C). They are sensitive to cold drafts, so keep them away from windows, doors, or air conditioning vents that may expose them to chilly air. Protect them from temperatures below 60°F (15°C).


Aralia plants prefer evenly moist soil but not waterlogged conditions. Water them when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry. Ensure thorough watering, allowing excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water.


Aralia plants appreciate higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by using a room humidifier or placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Misting the leaves occasionally can also help maintain humidity around the plant.


Use a well-draining soil mix for Aralia plants. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil works well. Good drainage is essential to prevent waterlogged roots.


Aralia plants benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer formulated for houseplants. Follow the package instructions for dilution ratios and frequency. Avoid over-fertilization, as it can lead to salt build-up and damage the plant.


Aralia plants prefer slightly crowded roots, so they don't need to be repotted frequently. Repot when the plant becomes root-bound or outgrows its current pot. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of Aralia plants. Trim off any dead, yellowed, or damaged leaves by cutting them off at the base. Prune leggy or overgrown stems to promote bushier growth. Pinching back the growing tips can also help encourage branching.

Pest control:

Aralia plants are generally resistant to pests, but occasionally they may encounter common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, or aphids. Inspect your plant regularly and treat any infestations promptly using insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the product instructions.

Remember to rotate your Aralia plant periodically to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning toward the light source. With proper care, your Aralia plant can thrive and bring a touch of tropical beauty to your indoor space.