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Complete guide to Hardy Tropical Plants

Growing Fatsia Japonica in the UK

by Plants for all Seasons 24 Mar 2023 0 Comments

Fatsia japonica, also known as Japanese Aralia or Paper Plant, is a popular and hardy evergreen shrub that can be grown successfully in the UK. It is valued for its large, glossy, palmate leaves that provide a tropical feel to the garden. Here are some guidelines for growing Fatsia japonica in the UK:

  1. Location: Choose a sheltered spot with partial shade or dappled sunlight. Fatsia japonica can tolerate some full sun, but its leaves may become scorched in intense sunlight or exposed positions.

  2. Soil preparation: Fatsia japonica prefers well-draining, fertile soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sand, as long as there is good drainage. Enrich the planting site with organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve soil structure and fertility.

  3. Planting: Dig a hole that is twice the width and depth of the root ball of your Fatsia japonica. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Fill the hole with the soil mixture, gently firming it around the roots.

  4. Watering: Water your Fatsia japonica deeply and regularly during its first growing season to help it establish a healthy root system. After this initial period, you can reduce watering, but be sure to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot, dry spells.

  5. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring, following the manufacturer's instructions. This will provide your Fatsia japonica with the necessary nutrients for healthy growth.

  6. Pruning: Fatsia japonica requires minimal pruning. Remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy, tidy appearance.

  7. Winter protection: Fatsia japonica is quite hardy, tolerating temperatures down to around -10°C. However, in colder areas or during harsh winters, you may want to protect the plant with a layer of mulch around its base to insulate the roots. You can also wrap the foliage in horticultural fleece to protect it from cold winds and frost.

By following these guidelines, you can successfully grow Fatsia japonica in the UK, providing your garden with a lush, tropical touch.

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