Above you see a picture of a Schefflera Arboricola plant. I have one that looks a bit the same, except the plant is much bigger. Recently, we decided it was time to make some changes in the appartement where we are living. As a consequence, our plant had to move from a place where it has been standing for over 9 years to a whole new location. I must admit, I think the plant was really happy with the new location, because it finally got a chance to use the fotosynthese process it was longing to use. The plant got moved to the sunny side of the appartement, facing most of the day in real sunshine! It didn’t take long before the plant realized that it had been very lucky and started making new leaves. A lot of them. As a result, the plant doubled in size (in width and length), a very strong performance knowing that the plant took 9 years to grow the same amount. And then suddenly it stopped growing again… What had happened? I still gave it water like I always did, the conditions hadn’t changed, the sun was still giving its daily sunny rays. Maybe the plant was tired of growing after this impressing effort? I decided I wanted to know and started an investigation. At first sight, there seemed to be nothing wrong with the plant, I couldn’t find any clue or sign for something going wrong. The only thing I did notice, was that the plant was pretty big already. I thought it would be nice for the plant to have some fresh soil for its feet. When I took the plant out of its pot it had been standing in, I noticed there wasn’t any soil left. Every piece of dirt had ‘been eaten’ by the roots of the plant. As the whole pot was filled with the roots of the plant, it was impossible to add new soil to it. So I, or actually the plant, needed not only new soil, but also a bigger pot. It took again some time for the plant to realize that its territory had expanded, but once it did, it made the same growth spurt as the last time, doubling in size. Until it stopped again. Now that I had learned what could have been the cause of stopping the growth, I took new soil and a bigger pot and so the process of doubling in size started once more. Why do I share this story? Because once more it is a confirmation of how nature can learn us a thing or two. Many businesses stop growing because the environment, in which they have been active for many years, stays the same and has reached its limits. Making a structural change can cause a new expansion. In the case of my plant, it was a change in the environment (from dark to sunny) and a change in the direct environment (new soil, bigger pot) that made the plant double several times in size. Look at your structure for a moment:
  • Does your structure allow growth? Are you dependent on a limiting factor like time or space?
  • Does your environment expand naturally? Are new clients finding the way to your business?
  • How much growth can you handle, how much freedom do you have?
As I am looking at my plant while writing this, I realize that at some point in time I will need to set the plant free if I want it to keep growing and that moment may come sooner than I expect as this plant is showing exponential growth doubling its size in no time. The Schefflera Arboricola is about to outgrow its environment which is my appartement.