2021 New Aralia Fabian Stump Care Guide for Beginners
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2021 New Aralia Fabian Stump Care Guide for Beginners

This Aralia Fabian Stump care guide will prepare you for bringing this new plant into your home or office! The Aralia Fabian Stump, scientific name “Polyscias Scutellaria,” is a funky indoor shrub with a thick, stocky stem and round leaves. This plant is a fan favorite because even though it is classified as a shrub, it grows relatively slowly and makes a lovely, low-maintenance addition to your plant collection.

Aralia Fabian Stump Overview

Like we said, one of the things we love most about these plants is their easy care! These shrubs – also known as the “shield aralia” or “plum aralia” – are native to the Southwest Pacific Islands. Fun fact: the roots and leaves can be used for deodorant and antiseptic! We have not tried this for ourselves, though, so stick with your normal routine for now…

Follow the rest of this guide for more on how to properly care for this unconventional houseplant!

Looking for beginner plants that are easy to start your home’s indoor garden? Read our No Fuss Plants guide for some ideas of easy starter plants!


Watering is the most challenging part of Aralia Fabian Stump’s care. Rainwater is the best for watering this shrub, but if you use tap water you can leave it out for 24 hours to allow some of the impurities to evaporate. If your water goes through a water softener, try to avoid using it because the excess sodium in that kind of water can be harmful. Boiling water and letting it cool before using can help with that.

As a general care rule, it is best to underwater this plant as opposed to overwatering it! Based on our experience, we recommend watering the plant every 10 days. Water when the first 2-3 inches of soil are dry and do so by giving it a good soak! You can do this by bottom watering, which helps to prevent root rot and gnats. A moisture meter can help if you are unsure. If the leaves are curling and yellowing or browning, it is usually a sign it needs more water. If they are yellowing but the growth is stunted, this can be a sign of root rot from too much water.

Adjust the watering accordingly throughout the seasons, and take note of whether your plant is situated under a heating or cooling vent, as that can impact moisture levels. For example, in the fall and winter, this plant can go 3-4 weeks between waterings.

Additionally, make sure the top 2-3″ of the planting medium is dry before watering. When watering, thoroughly water the potting mix, then allow it to drain.

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Lighting and Humidity

Although Aralia Fabian Stump can survive in lightly shaded conditions, they prefer to get more light than shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as the leaves can get burned when exposed to too much direct light. Extremely low light conditions will result in delayed growth.

The best light options are south or west-facing windows, where it will get good light but not enough to cause a burn. Bottom line: your Aralia Fabian Stump will need bright, indirect light for at least 3-4 hours a day! If it is not getting enough light, the plant will grow long and start reaching for the light more.

Aralia Fabian Stump Humidity Needs

The tropical plant does well in high humidity environments. During the winter, when the air is dry, try to artificially raise the humidity by misting the plant or grouping it with other plants. The best option is to place the plant on top of a tray of pebbles with a little water in it, making a natural humidifier. Just make sure that the base of the Aralia Fabian is not actually IN the water.

Keep the plant in high temperatures, definitely above 65°F, but they love temperatures around 80°F. If the temperature falls below 65°F, the plant can be harmed. Keeping it in a warm window will help make sure it stays at a warmer temperature consistently. This plant is also a great option if you live in a warm climate because it can live outside during the summer months.

Soil and Fertilizer

These plants need well-draining cactus soil for best growth. Pumice and perlite can help with draining and ensure that the soil is not left too damp for too long. While they do not mind the occasional fertilizer in the summer, too rich of soil will leave it looking a bit bedraggled.

If you’re loving the tropical paradise look with your Aralia Fabian Stump, make sure to check out: 10 Plants to Turn Your Home into a Tropical Paradise

Cleaning and Pruning

Pinching off growth can help encourage new growth from the plant during the spring and summer months. It is also highly encouraged to wipe down your leaves with a soft cloth and fresh, room temperature water (preferably rainwater) to keep the dust off them. Clean leaves photosynthesize better!

Aralia Fabian Stump Propagation

Aralia Fabian Stump’s are grown easiest from seeds, which you can get from the flowers that grow on the shrub. However, it is exceptionally rare to find the seeds online, and the plant does not produce flowers when grown indoors (if you live in US Hardiness Zone 13, you have a good chance of being able to grow this baby outside and thus produce flowers!). If you are feeling adventurous, you can attempt to propagate from stem cuttings. Cut a piece of stem with one leaf and a couple of inches on either side of it. Be sure to cut directly below a node and pop it in compost.

Keep the compost moist but not soggy and place it in a sunny spot. Keeping it a little warmer will help encourage growth, which you can do by wrapping the base of the propagated plant and container in a plastic bag.

Once roots develop, you can transfer them to soil. You will know it has roots when it continues to grow and shoots off its own new leaves – note that this can take several weeks.

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Repotting a Aralia Fabian Stump

Repot your Aralia Fabian Stump to a pot one size up when the plant has outgrown its current pot. Aralia Fabian Stump are, so you really only need to increase its pot every 3 years.

To repot, prepare the potting mix as described above, transplant the plant to the new pot, and water it thoroughly. Allow water to drain and return it to its place. It is suitable to do repotting during summer when the growth rate is high. You can also wait 24 hours before watering – experts advise to do either way!

If you are more of a visual learner, you can also watch this great video of how to repot the Aralia Fabian Stump: Watch Video

Aralia Fabian Stump Care Final Thoughts

The Aralia Fabian Stump is not a problematic plant; however, its lovers must observe watering frequencies to minimize the risk of root rot and keep an eye on the light needs. The plant can also also be attacked by spider mites – watch out for white webbing on the undersides of leaves and stems. You can treat pests with neem oil, should that become a problem.

Please note: the Aralia Fabian Stump is TOXIC to pets and kids, though the severity of the toxicity is not exact. It is best to keep them away from kids and pets, as ingesting them will cause vomiting and stomach issues. If ingested, contact a medical professional.

Are you now obsessed with Aralia Fabian Stump? Check out this variety – the Aralia Ming Stump!

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Plant Care with Cellar Door Plants

Cellar Door Plants aims to help bring nature into your home. We feel like people nowadays are more distant from nature than ever before. How can we protect the earth with so much distance from everything living around us? While we are based in Seattle, Washington, our greenhouse is located in San Marcos, California.

We are avid plant lovers so every plant sold is packaged and protected with care to guide it to your home safely. We have a wide selection of houseplants with care requirements ranging from easy-to-care-for home additions for beginners to more complicated varieties that require a more experienced grower.

If you’re interested in adding an Aralia Fabian Stump to your home, head over to our plant shop to purchase!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Peperomia Green Bean need sunlight?

Yes! While the Peperomia Green Bean does not like to be in full, direct sunlight, it prefers to live in places of medium to bright, indirect light. Although the plant can tolerate low light areas which is why this is such a good beginner plant for its low maintenance needs.

Do Peperomia Green Bean succulents like to be misted?

While the Peperomia Green Bean is a variety of succulent, they prefer high humidity environments versus dry deserts. Their leaves are designed to hold water but misting helps to add moisture to the air around the plant allowing it to thrive.

Are Peperomia plants easy to care for?

Yes! Their easy nature makes the Peperomia Green Bean a great starter plant for beginner gardeners.

How do you take care of a peperomia plant?

Proper sunlight and water habits are crucial for the care of a Peperomia Green Bean.

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