July 26th, 2021
Hey plant friends!
This week we are talking about Polyscias fruticosa also known as Ming aralia. This plant belongs to the Araliaceae or ginseng family which actually also includes English ivy. Ming aralia is native to Polynesia. Many places around the world consider this a perennial shrub but in Minnesota, this is certainly an indoor plant for most of the year. Ming aralia are slow growing, but with patience and the right growing conditions, they can reach up to 6 feet tall.
Ming aralia like a bright, indirect light and can handle a small amount of shade. Morning sun is best, any direct sun after that could scorch the leaves and cause your plant to desiccate. Aralia like a rich well-draining potting soil. As always, we don’t want our plants sitting in water, allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before watering again. In order for your Ming aralia to thrive, provide it with extra humidity indoors. Misting your plant periodically is recommended. Keep away from cold drafts or heat vents as their papery leaves dry out quickly.