If you are interested in a beautiful plant that can be easily grown both indoors or out, then you can opt for umbrella plant. This plant is also referred to as the octopus tree. This plant is a native to Taiwan. Umbrella plants are available in variegated variety and green variety. The former has yellow or white streaks and the latter one is shiny with dark green leaves and looks attractive. About seven to eight oval shaped leaves together form a circle, giving an umbrella look to the plant. In summers, red colored spiky flowers are in full bloom on this beautiful plant.
The umbrella plant can easily adapt to its environment but thrives in direct sunlight. You will get robust growth with these plants in the areas with good light or partial sun. If the leaves of these plants turn yellow, they should be kept in areas that have more light. When watering your umbrella plants, the soil should not be kept too soggy or wet. When such plants are grown in pots or containers, then they should have a good drainage system as well. You should water this plant only when the soil begins to dry or its leaves start wilting.
If you observe that your umbrella plant is turning black or its leaves are falling off, it shows that the plant is getting excess water. A mixture of perlite and sand is an excellent way to prevent umbrella plants from turning soggy. You will definitely enjoy the grace and beauty of your umbrella plant and it will enhance the looks of your interiors or the garden. They look great when they are placed near deep colored flowers or plants as well.