Common names: Japanese aralia, Castor oil plant, Fig Leaf Palm
Fatsia are easy to grow evergreen shrubs with large leathery palmate leaves that originates from Japan.
Clusters of globular flowers appear in late summer - early autumn.
The will grow in most types of soil but prefer moist well drained soil.
Fatsia japonica in Flower
Their ability to grow in full sun to permanent light shade means that they can be planted out virtually anywhere in the garden
If left to there own resources they will grow to around 3m (10ft) high with a similar spread.
They are also well suited to growing in containers both indoors and out.
When cultivated in this manner the overall size is usually somewhat curtailed.
They are generally pest and disease free but on occasions they may be affected by Mealybugs,Scale insects and Thrips.
Similarly can be affected with Leaf Spot.
Hard frost can damage the leaves, but the plants usually recover if the roots are well protected from frost.
A heavy mulch in late autumn can help to protect the root system during the winter months.
Sow seeds in a proprietory seed compost at a temperature of 10°-13°C (50°-55°F)
When seedlings are large enough to handle prick them out into 70mm (3") pots and grow on in a coldframe until planting out
later in the year (Week 39/40 ) or wait until the following year (week 13) if required.
Circa Week 15/16
Detach suckers from the base of the plant and place in a sutable sized pot and grow on in a coldframe in a
similar manner to plants grown from seed.
In order to control the size of plants prune / tidy up wayward branches around Week 17/18