Fatsia

Common name: Japanese Aralia, Castor oil plant, or Fig-leaf palm



Fatsia japonica
is a semi- hardy flowering evergreen shrub that is best grown against a south or west-facing wall in the milder regions of the UK or as pot plant in the colder regions.

Pot grown plants can be placed outdoors in the summer months then returned indoors when frost threatens.

They can grow to a height and spread of 4 metre (13ft) if allowed and the white 200-300mm (8"-12") long flowers appear in October.

Containerised plants can be trained to a size to suit their location.

Generally they are trouble free although plants grown indoors may be affected by Mealybugs, Scale insects, Thrips and occasionally Leaf spot.

Cultivation

Week 16: Sow seeds in pots/trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 13°C (55°F)

Prick out the seedlings, when large enough to handle, into 75mm (3") pots of potting compost and grow on in a cold frame.

Pot on as necessary into 150mm (6") pots and plant out the following April.

Week 18: Detach basal/sucker shoots from base of plant can be detached and used as cuttings.

Alternatively, take semi-hardwood cuttings.

Pot up singly into 75mm (3”) pots of potting compost and root in a cold frame.

Pot on as necessary into 150mm (6") pots and plant out the following April.

Week 19: Cut back any straggly growth, and generally tidy up the plant.

Week 40: Plant out now or wait till spring when all fear of frost has passed.

They prefer a sunny or partially shaded area in well drained soil that remains moist throughout the year.





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