Plant Diary: Schefflera arboricola variegata (variegated dwarf umbrella tree)

•May 9, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Top down view:

TLDR: I don’t think this plant is actually that easy because of its sensitivity to over-watering and possibly difficult propagation. I say possibly difficult because I did not have success, but I can’t exclude the possibility that my plant was not healthy enough to propagate. I think planting in maybe 2 parts cactus : 1 part potting soil or maybe 1 part potting soil : 1 part other drainage (perlite and/or pine bark) would be helpful.

First one:

  • Large, beautiful
  • 50% off all houseplants sale at a local nursery
  • I absolutely loved the neon green variegation on the newest leaves and the fact that this vivid green faded to a buttery yellow on the older leaves. Loved the waxy leaves. Looked super cool to me.
  • Felt pretty confident about this plant because I was told it could take medium light which I learned is what my space has after losing an $80+ fiddle leaf fig which is another story and no, I’m not mad about it ok, yes maybe I’m kind of mad about it, but. anyway.
  • Died by root rot. Heartbreakinggg! I didn’t actually over-water it, exactly. I had it sitting in a cachepot, watered it, water collected in the cachepot, I didn’t realize it, it sat in the water for a couple of days… and… death.

Second one:

  • Not beautiful (in a traditional sense)
  • On sale for $5 at Lowe’s
  • Thought was perfect chance to try again! It looked totally healthy despite its wonkiness.
  • Did not transplant it for 1-2 weeks which I now know is a mistake with plants that are on sale due to struggling/looking questionable even if the foliage actually looks happy town.
  • Died by root rot. I THINK it was probably salvageable if I had snipped the dead portions off and given it fresh soil soon after bringing it home. When I did finally repot it, I wasn’t actually educated enough to know to check for root rot, so I probably overlooked it. 😦 I again spent time trying to salvage it piece by piece, but each piece slowly died.
    • It had 3 main branches. I snipped the root rot off of them all, rinsed them, and repotted in fresh soil. After 2 branches died, I tried cutting off the root portion of the final branch, dipping it in rooting hormone, and planting it in hopes that it would grow new, healthy roots.
      • This is a totally legit way to propagate it. It totally failed to propagate it. I also tried propagating from healthy leaves. I also failed at propagating from healthy leaves.

I now never actually want to see this plant again and find it totally unattractive. (Mostly.)

I don’t agree with the idea that it’s an “easy” plant. I don’t like Schefflera. (Mmmostly.)

Even though its first death
1) taught me to put rocks in the bottom of my cachepots.
And even though its second death
1) taught me to look for root rot/repot sale plants ASAP and
2) prompted me to get a better understanding of container soils.

Oh, ok, great! Like I’m supposed to appreciate it for the lessons its taught me. Oh, right, great! Like I’m going to try it again because I have new knowledge and maybe would be successful now and even if I’m not I’d still probably learn something else. Oh, great.




Hm. Bowing.

•January 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Crossfit 8

•October 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment
A. Hang Power Clean; 2 reps/min for 10 min (perfect technique and speed) – 50lbs.
–Was supposed to be 70-75% of max. I officially want to keep a notebook there like all the other people. I couldn’t figure out my max! It was 65, though.
B. Split Jerk- 3, 1, 3, 1; rest 2 min – 50, 70, 65, 85lbs.
–On this we were supposed to begin below our max and do 3, add some weight and do 1, go down a little, but higher than the 1st and do 3, then end at 1 at our max.
–My previous max was 80, so yay! I’m pretty sure I could have done 90, though! Next time.
C. 250m Row ALL OUT x 4; rest 3 min
Couple of tips I’ve learned:
1) On the power clean, positioning your shoulders past the bar helps with getting a good swing up.
2) When rowing, use your legs, then bend at your hips (using your back), then use your arms to pull the cord to your chest. So, legs, back, arms.

Crossfit 7

•October 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment
At lunch:
10 x 1 min. intervals. 60 seconds of hard running followed by 90 seconds of light walking. (25 min. workout) – 2.6 mi after walking 10 extra min.

WOD at Crossfit:
A. OHS (overhead squat)- build to a moderate Single – 60 lbs

5 rounds for time – 18:46 min. – includes time for me to get and use my inhaler and redo my ponytail like 3 times.
Run 400m – aka total run distance of 1.25 mi.
15 OHS, 95/65lbs – I did 50 lbs
Looks like:

Crossfit 6

•October 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Not for time:

3 rounds as warm up

20 Double Unders – Or 20 attempts. I think the most I got was 12 or 13.
3-7 Ring Dips @ 33X1
6-8 Strict Toes to Bar – As far up as I could get them.


10 min to build to a tough Split Jerk (perfect form) – 80 lbs? I think. 80 or higher…


10 min AMRAP – Don’t know how many. Atleast 9. I lost count. 😦
2 Power Clean w/ 80% of Split Jerk – 65 lbs – You stand on a power clean. That pic is off a little.
2 Front Squats w/ 80% of Split Jerk – 65 lbs – A power clean and then you do squats.
6 CTB Pull Ups (4 Muscle Ups if Possible) – I did ring rows

Crossfit 5

•October 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Warm-Up – stretch shoulders and perform 3 sets of 8/arm DB External Rotation @ 30X0

A. Press @ 31X1; 3 reps x 3; rest 2 min – 85 lbs


4 rounds for time – 9:36

10 Burpees

15 Pull Ups – Can’t do those yet. Did ring rows.

20 Sit Ups

WOD looked like:

Tips I learned:
1) A sit-up is effective once your shoulders have passed your hip joints.
2) I already knew this, but for anyone reading who doesn’t… adjust the difficulty of your ring rows by adjusting the angle of your body.

Crossfit 4

•September 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment
A1. Bench Press @ 33X1; 6-8 reps x 3; rest 10 sec – Started 50lbs –> Ended 60lbs
A2. Pull Ups- Strict into Kipping max reps x 3; rest 2 min – Beginner pull-ups using rings – 12 per set
5 rounds for time – 9:55 min
10 Burpees
10 Knees to Elbows – Just pulled up as far as possible
This was the first workout I really struggled to finish. Not only was I huffing and puffing from the burpees followed 10 seconds later by knees to elbows, but I could barely lift my arms to grab the pull-up bar or use my forearms from the bench presses and rings. My forearms were so tight! This was really intense on the arms. With three “knees-to-elbows” left to go the coach was encouraging me and someone else chimed in. It was like a Biggest Loser moment, for real! lol I could feel tears welling up. I pushed the last three out. I didn’t cry! I could just feel a lot of emotion welling up. The last 6 were really crappy, so I am really disappointed in myself about that, but my forearms literally wouldn’t work. It just sucked! But it’s good, obviously! I love when it hurts!
This is what this work-out looked like: