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How To Care For Your Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree

How To Care For Your Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree

Arboricola Schefflera Bonsai Care

About The Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree

An exotic looking subtropical tree, Hawaiian Umbrella’s are one of the few bonsai trees that can survive and thrive indoor all year round.


A Hawaiian Umbrella makes a wonderful indoor bonsai.  It can live outside, but will die in temperatures below 60 degrees - so inside for most of the year is best.

Make sure it gets few hours of sun with a quality grow light, or a windowsill (south facing preferred.)

In the summer, it should be placed outside if possible - just be gentle with the temperature change.  Bring it outside for the season when the midday temperature is the same as indoors, and bring it inside for the season when temperatures are back in that range.  Generally, around 70 degrees.


The Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai is one of the few bonsai’s that doesn’t need frequent waterings — but it doesn’t like to be fully dried out.  A few times a week should suffice when it’s indoors with decent humidity, and daily over the summer when outdoors would be fine as well.


When your Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai tree is indoors, using a humidity tray is recommended.


Since your Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai is in a small pot, and not the ground, it needs nutrients.  A slow release (pellet based) fertilizer is perfect for this, and can be added sparingly every 1-2 months during the growing season.

Pruning & Trimming

Trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point that looks good to you — but never remove all of the new growth.

A regular trim will help keep your Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.


Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Hawaiian Umbrella included, when it’s root system has filled the pot.  If you can clearly see the roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot your bonsai.

Generally, this means every 2-3 years for a deciduous tree and every 4-5 years for an evergreen such as the Hawaiian Umbrella.

Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.

The Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai, along with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot.  From there, you can trim away no more than 1/3rd of the root mass (1/4th is preferred.) 

Then you can repot the tree in the same pot, or give it a newer / bigger pot to thrive in.

After repotting, your bonsai Hawaiian Umbrella should be thoroughly watered.

Diseases, Insects & Other Pests

Your Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Hawaiian Umbrella tree.  Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.

Buying A Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai


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