Q. Does a Ming arailia need to be pruned?
Ming aralia (Polyscias fruticosa or Panax fruticosus) can grow quite high, maybe six feet or so. You can prune it as needed, if desired; a little on the top should force growth below for a bushier appearance.
Cut pieces can be propagated to make more plants. Just stick a small cutting (started in water is fine until roots form) into a 4" pot, water as needed. Keep your plants out of drafts, because Mings hate drastic temperature changes, as well as not too bright light. Positioned in partial light to the side of a window with an eastern exposure works well. I sometimes forget to water my Ming at home, but it seems to like well-drained conditions. I remember admiring some Ming aralias in a NYC plant shop. A very wide oval container sported several Mings growing at varied heights, looking like an enchanted forest. Well, I hope to grow that forest one day, if I could just find that container...
Hope this is helpful.
Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service
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