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i bought a schefflera arboricola several months ago,it did well until the past 2 months...the leaves and branches have almost completely fallen off...from some of the question/answer i have read it may be a combo of too much water/too little only has 1 leaf set left on it and its pretty skinny and about 18'' there any hope in saving it?i really love plants and hate to lose 1...also when talking about cutting it back,can you cut it from the top of the main stalk down?can you then root pieces of the clippings in water,if so how?i appreciate your time and effort...i'm praying there is something that i can do to save it...thank you soooooo much...

Hi Elizabeth,

I wish you had sought help a couple of months ago when your Arboricola first started to decline and still had a chance to be saved. Now, based on your description, it is too late.

You can try taking a tip cutting. That would be cutting the stem 1-3 inches below the remaining leaf growth. Insert that stem cutting in water and keep it on a sunny windowsill. If it develops roots, then you can transfer it to a small pot with damp potting mix when the roots are at least an inch long.

The roots of the original plant have died so the portion of the plant that remains in the pot cannot survive.

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