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A Fabian aralia (Polyscias scutellaria) stump is a tropical plant that is usually grown as an indoor, upright, columnar, container plant and reaches 3 to 4 feet tall. "Stump" refers to the plant's final height. Fabian aralia's trunk is woody, like a shrub's trunk, and the plant has colorful leaves that are green on top and purple or maroon on the underside. It is hardy outdoors all year in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11, requires soil with a pH of 7.9 to 8.5 and needs sun to partial shade.

Temperature and Light

An indoor Fabian aralia stump grows best in a warm and sunny location near a window. The best place in your home to place the plant is near a south, east or west window that provides about one-half day of sunshine directly on the plant. Other options include a heated sun room or greenhouse that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures can cause leaf drop and defoliate the plant.

Grow a Fabian aralia outdoors in USDA zones 10 through 11 in an area with well-draining soil and one-half day of direct sunlight.

Irrigation Schedule

A potted Fabian aralia stump has a small amount of roots. That means it needs minimal watering to maintain good growth habits and health. Water your potted plant by pouring room-temperature water on all of its soil surface when the container's top one-half of soil is dry. Use enough water so it runs from the pot's bottom drain holes, and never place a saucer underneath the pot. Excess water causes leaf drop. An option is to remove some soil from the top of the container to see where the roots are for reference and then return the removed soil and pack it down in the container.

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