Since my first write-up of this lovely plant on March 20, 2009, I have had more interest in that particular post than in any other I’ve written. Not a day goes by that at least one person–and often eight or ten–checks in to see what I had to say, which is that I was worrying about the increasing number of yellow leaves.
As part of plant therapy, and after reading the article found at www.rhapisgardens.com/ming-aralias (there are apparently variant spellings), I moved the plant from the window sill where it was getting direct southern exposure to a place about six feet away where it now gets indirect light. The rewards were no more yellowing leaves and a six-inch spike of growth which you can see in the picture below, taken in front of the west window of my apartment that overlooks NYC rooftops.
For those of you still having problems, check out www.plantcare.com. One piece of advice given there by a man named Derek is:
Be sure that the roots are not staying soggy wet – that is the main (and most common)problem with these plants.If yours are getting old, the soil in the pots may have lost its air spaces. I would not repot, but if you can take one out to look at the soil, and it looks compact, you could cut a slice off the side of the soil ball, put it back into the same size pot and fill the space with nice open soil.
I’ll probably have to do that in a year or two but for now my plant seems very happy. In the meanwhile, perhaps we should start a Ming aurelia fan club?