Fatsia japonica

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Fatsia japonica

Plant availability:

Please note that plants are often subject to growers' stocking levels and seasonal availability.


Japan, Riukiu Islands, Cambodia and South Korea

Common Names:

Japanese Fatsia


Up to 2m (h), up to 1.5m (w)

Growth Habit:

Evergreen shrub with glossy, lobed, dark green leaves. New growth emerges a lush green and deepens with maturity. 


Indoors in shade to filtered light position. No direct sun rays on the leaves as sunlight is too strong and will scorch many indoor plants. Keep away from direct air flow from a heating or cooling vent.

General Care and Maintenance:

  • For best results, grow as an indoor plant in Melbourne. Tolerates temperatures down to 5 degrees celsius.
  • Watering: Water regularly in spring, summer and autumn (during warm weather) but allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. This is best checked by scratching the top 2 cm of soil back with your finger. Water sparingly through winter. If you keep your home cool over summer, adjust watering accordingly. Over watering is a common cause for this plant to look sick or die.
  • Fertilising: Use slow release fertiliser (this is already present in all good potting mixes) however it will need to be topped up every 3 - 6 months (depending on the brand and application rates). In warm weather, apply a liquid fertiliser such as 'Powerfeed' every 1-2 weeks.
  • When repotting, use good quality potting mix such as 'The Greenery Potting Mix' available in bags in store.
  • Prune to control height or encourage thicker growth. Remove dead or damaged foliage to keep plant looking its best.

Design Tips:

Great for filling a wider space without getting too tall. Lush foliage and beautiful leaf shape create a wonderful statement in the room without dominating.


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