Dizygotheca Elegantissima (Galaxy False Aralia)

Where Do False Aralias Live in the Wild?

False Aralias come from the lush tropical islands of New Caledonia.

These plants are accustomed to high humidity, well-draining soil, and periods of high rainfall as well as brief dry-spells.

New Caledonia gets some remarkable trade winds that dry the soil out during certain times of the year.

False Aralias grow to be about six feet tall and hide under the canopy of much taller trees.

Exactly Where in My Home Should I Keep my Dizygotheca Elegantissima?

Your Galaxie False Aralia should do well in most rooms of your home that have medium to bright indirect light.

Keep these plants in a room with South or West facing windows if possible.

These plants hate cold weather, so don’t set them on windowsills when they’re small, or near windy doorways.

Once you find a spot that your plant seems to like, don’t move it. These guys are little homebodies and don’t like to be moved.

If you have a bathroom or kitchen with good lighting and high humidity, that would be most ideal.

How Much Light Does a Galaxy False Aralia Need?

They can survive in low-light rooms, but their growth will be minimal. Find them a space that has a lot of bright, indirect light, and watch them grow.

How Often Should I Water a False Aralia?

Galaxy False Aralias should be watered about once a week, though you may need to water more or less depending on your humidity, heat, and natural lighting.

Keep the water level near a 3-5 on your moisture meter to begin with, and adjust accordingly as needed. These plants would prefer to be too dry than too wet.

Are False Aralias Pet Safe?

Dizygotheca Elegantissima is safe for people, cats, and dogs- though we certainly don’t recommend trying it.

How Much Will My Dizygotheca Elegantissima Grow?

This plant can grow to be about six feet tall and up to three feet wide. If you notice that your False Aralia has ceased growing, it’s probably time for a repot. False Aralias do not like being root-bound.

When to Repot?

Repot into a larger container once a year, or as needed if the soil isn’t of good quality anymore (stays soggy, compacts, etc).

Galaxy False Aralia Fast Facts

  • This houseplant is actually a small tree that happens to do well indoors. It’s often used as a small tabletop plant and a tall tree for stylish corners of your home.
  • When the tree reaches about six feet tall, the leaves change a considerable amount and lose their thin and dainty qualities for a more broad look.

Trouble Shooting

Brown Leaves

Direct Sunshine is usually the culprit when it comes to browning leaves on a False Aralia. Try adding a sheer curtain to your window to help out your plant friend, or move it further from the window.

Drooping Leaves

Unfortunately, it could mean overwatering or underwatering. Check the soil to make an educated guess and act accordingly.

Dropping Leaves

Leaves falling off your False Aralia means one of three things:

1) Too Low of Humidity.

2) Not Enough Water.

3) A Cold Shock, either due to cold air or being given cold water to drink.

Bonus Care Tips

  • Though they can go outside for the summer, Galaxy False Aralias tend to have a difficult time acclimating back inside the house. They do not like moving around your home at all.
  • Since the Aralia is a small tree that originally grows in the tradewinds of New Caledonia, it’s always a good idea to shake the plant up a little bit on occasion. Gently jiggle or vibrate your houseplant whenever you think about it, and as a result, your plant will grow up stronger.