Hi horticultural friends, I hope someone out there can help. For the past 3 years I have been lovingly tending a Schefflera Taiwaniana cutting that I got from a plantsman who brought it back from Taiwan. It's grown from 10 " tall to almost five feet tall in this time. It's a gorgeous plant that I had in my Vancouver garden but I dug it up and potted it when I moved to Victoria this summer. One thing I didn't have in Vancouver were marauding bands of deer that would cut across my yard. I was relieved that the does and her babies left the leaves alone, but shocked when a buck passed through for the first time 10 days ago and chose to rub his antlers against the stem of my potted Scheflerra. I discovered the damage last week and the damage was comprehensive: complete girdling. This Scheflerra was SO HAPPY in its location, waiting for me to decide where to plant it. The leaves were so perky and jubilantly reaching up to the sky... But there really is no hope for it now, even though it is continuing to put on a good show by keeping its leaves relatively upward facing... I can only believe the damage is complete and it's just a matter of time before the plant succumbs to starvation and/or disease without its xylem, phloem and bark. Does anyone out there know how I can try to save any parts of this single trunked plant? Should I cut off the top and put it in water and hope it sends out roots? It was suggested that I cut a notch into the roots and that that might inspire a new sprouting... could anyone suggest an illustrated "how to" that shows me 'how to'?! Is it possible to get multiple cuttings from the leaves, given the unique way the leaves emerge from the single trunk (similar to a fatsia japonica)? I sincerely appreciate any advice you can offer. I really am so, so sad about the imminent loss of this very special shrub. I actually feel gutted when I am close to this plant. :-( Thank you! PS I will try to attach photos.