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Fatsia Japonica 6"

Fatsia Japonica 6"

Light Requirements

  • Indoors: Fatsia Japonica prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate low light conditions, but the growth may slow down. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
  • Outdoors: If grown outdoors, it thrives in partial shade. It can tolerate full shade but may not grow as vigorously.


  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Method: Water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Fatsia Japonica prefers moderate to high humidity. If the air is very dry, especially indoors, increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant regularly.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) indoors. Outdoors, it is hardy in USDA zones 8-11, tolerating temperatures down to 15°F (-9°C).

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mix of peat, perlite, and loam works well for Fatsia japonica. If planting outdoors, ensure the soil is rich in organic matter and well-draining.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Fatsia Japonica every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly prune to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to shape the plant. Prune in early spring to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s size and shape.
  • Cleaning: Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Fatsia japonica.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Fatsia Japonica can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, aphids, and scale. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or poor drainage. Ensure proper watering practices and that the pot has adequate drainage.
  • Brown Leaf Edges: Often caused by low humidity or inconsistent watering. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.
  • Leggy Growth: Can be a sign of insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location with indirect light.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Fatsia japonica home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Outdoor Transition: If moving the plant outdoors for the summer, acclimate it gradually to prevent shock. Start by placing it in a shaded area and gradually move it into partial sunlight.

Special Considerations for Outdoor Growth

  • Location: Plant in a sheltered location, protected from strong winds which can damage the large leaves.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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