- The average length of Ming Aralia is 15 cm.
- Pot size is 9*9*9 cm.
- Pot color will be different.
Planting And Care
Ming aralia likes bright, indirect light and can handle light shade. Allowing the plant to get morning sun is good, but it should never be kept in direct sunlight during the harsher afternoon hours, as the rays can scorch its fragile foliage. Aim for about six to 8 hours of filtered light a day; it’s said Ming aralia do especially well in North-facing light.
Ming aralia prefers a rich but well-drained soil mixture to help balance its need for moisture with its fragile, rot-prone roots. While the specific blend of soil can vary (from sandy to peat moss to loamy), drainage should be the priority. Choose a pot made of clay or terracotta to help wick extra moisture from the soil and act as an added defense against root rot.
It’s important to keep your Ming aralia consistently moist but never saturated. Water the soil deeply and allow it to almost dry out before you water it again—a weekly session should do the trick. Additionally, you can decrease your watering cadence in the winter, watering your plant every other week instead.
Temperature and Humidity
Both temperature and humidity are very important to Ming aralia’s overall growth and success. In order for your plant to thrive, you will want to ensure temperatures in your home maintain a balmy baseline. Ming aralia can happily handle warmer temperatures (it does beside between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit), but anything below 60 degrees will cause your plant to fail and shed its foliage. The biggest challenge with a Ming aralia is keeping it fully clothed in leaves throughout the cold, dry winter months. If the plant is subject to cold air, it will begin to drop leaf stems and quickly be completely denuded. Prevent this by supplying it with steady warmth, aided by a bottom heater if necessary.
Unless you like your home to mimic the tropics, you’ll likely have to up the humidity in your space for the Ming aralia, too. When planting indoors, place your container or pot on a tray filled with wet pebbles to increase humidity levels. You can also mist the foliage of the plant periodically to mimic the humid, wet conditions of the tropics.
Feed your Ming aralia with a liquid fertilizer monthly throughout its growing period (spring through fall). If you notice falling leaves or those that are yellowish-green in appearance, that’s a good indication that your plant isn’t getting enough nutrients and could benefit from a bit of fertilizer.
Propagating Ming Aralia
Ming aralia can be propagated fairly easily through its cuttings. To do so, take green-stem cuttings in the spring and place them in damp soil (you can add a rooting hormone as well). Provide them with plenty of warmth and moisture, and the cuttings should take root within a few weeks.
Repotting Ming Aralia
Repot annually as needed, or every other year. A mature Ming aralia can reach six feet or higher in optimal conditions, so repot it less often if you want to keep the plant smaller. They don’t object to being slightly pot-bound, but you should refresh or top dress the soil annually.
Common Pests and Diseases
The good news is that Ming aralia is fairly resistant to pests. You may, however, encounter aphids, scale, mealybugs, and spider mites. Spraying your plant with a soap solution or a neem oil solution (two tablespoons in one gallon of water) can help keep these pests in check.