How do I care for an umbrella tree?

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How do I care for an umbrella tree?

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The umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) is native to rainforests in Australia and New Guinea.  In the home, place the umbrella tree in bright, indirect light near an east, west, or south window.  Allow the potting soil to dry moderately between waterings in spring and summer.  Reduce watering frequency in fall and winter.  Fertilize once or twice a month with a dilute fertilizer solution in spring and summer. 

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