Hello All I’m utterly desperate about my schefflera so decided to ask for some help here. Also, apologies if my English isn’t the best. We bought the plant in August this year. The pot contained 3 separate plants and I repotted them into a bigger container. The plants were quite tall and grew into 5 ft tall ones. They about 13 ft away from the south-looking window (a big window, taking up the whole living room wall), so it is as bright as it’s possible (in the winter ), without being in direct sunlight. Unfortunately the air is dry in the flat, and I couldn’t really do anything with that, apart from occasionally spraying the leaves with water but I stopped that activity when the below described problem appeared. From the very beginning I had some minor issue of losing leaves but since there were new growth on the top, I tried not to worry too much. Some of the leaves we lost were almost perfect looking, some were completely brown – not the crispy brown but rather the soft kind. These leaves would start to brown at one end (the end where they are connected to the stem), and then this browning would spread across the whole leaf before it drops – later the leaves on the same stem would also go through the same, and eventually the whole stem would fall off. The real problem started in December (I live in Europe, Poland, it is winter here now). I noticed that on one of the plant I basically lost all the leaves (together with their stem) strangely in the very middle of the plant: I still had leaves on the top and on the bottom, but the middle was bare. And right there, in the middle, one day I saw the trunk turning dark brown in a spot, and daily this spot spread up and downwards. This is where I decided to take some sample leaves and picture to the garden center where we bought the plant. The guy told me I should water it less (which I find a bit strange because I was so scared of root rot that I eventually went down to watering it once in every 2-3 weeks), and he didn’t think it was fungus or bacteria. Honestly, I don’t have much trust in his words because the same guy told me to use standard flower soil for repotting, whereas on every forum on the internet I saw I should use much looser ground. Anyway, I went home and we lifted the plants out of the pot to check for root rot. I didn’t find any mushy or brown roots on any of the 3 plants. The roots were white, if a bit dry. Since the last water was about a week prior to this root check, the ground among the roots was still a bit wet, everywhere else absolutely dry. So we decided to pot the sick one in a separate container. Since the browning didn’t stop and the top leaves didn’t look too healthy, I decided to cut off the whole upper half. I actually cut the plant right above the highest healthy-looking leaf on the bottom part, so basically the plant went from 5ft back to 1.5 ft height. Now we are 5 days after this activity, and I see that the browning of the trunk returned: it started to spread from the cut downwards. I understand that this plant is most probably a goner as also the bottom leaves look brown and dying. I’m writing to this forum because I’m scared that in case the same thing will happen to the other 2 plants, I will just be sitting by and watching them die, having no clue what to do with it. Any of you maybe have any idea what this might be? Thanks for any suggestions!