Of the pesticides tested, none caused any damage when applied just before harvest and shipping. Under Florida growing conditions, about 50% shade seems to produce the best plants as measured in postharvest performance.
Member of the Araliaceae (aralia or ginseng family).
Native to New Caledonia and Polynesia.
Relatives include aralia, ginseng, English ivy and Fatsia.
Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
Leaves are finely divided into many linear segments up to 4 inches long, usually with bronze or purple coloration.
Chill sensitive, store above 55 degrees F.
Plants of this species are sometimes sold as Aralia laciniata.
This is one of the better larger growing indoor plants.
Named after J. G. Scheffler (1722-1811), a physician in Danzig.
Will grow reasonably well in light sufficiently bright in which to read.
Recent Research Findings:
Poole and Conover (1993) stored this species at 36-46F from 1-4 days and subsequently noted no damage.