Oct 092015
 

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Fatsia japonica
How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular plant. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

A very useful lush indoor plant. Good for creating a background of green, or when big broad leaves are needed as a contrast to the more common strap shaped leaves or fronds of many indoor plants. Pollution and cold tolerant so a good choice for Melbourne’s inner urban dwellers.

Watering
The big leaves transpire heavily in warmer months so keep the water up to prevent wilting. However reduce watering significantly in the cooler months, allow to semi dry out in between watering.

Light
Medium indirect light.

Temperature and Humidity
Normal indoor temperatures are ideal. Does not need humidity.

Fertilising
Apply slow release fertiliser in spring.

Maintenance
Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.

Shower or mist regularly to keep the leaves shiny and dust free.

Problems
One of the easiest plants to grow, generally not attacked by pests.

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