Caring for Your Fatsia

Hands up, who loves a Fatsia? Striking as a houseplant and sculptural in the garden, these evergreen shade lovers are versatile, easy to maintain and will reward you with a laid-back, tropical vibe. Their glossy, statement leaves will glam up a patio or bookshelf, or provide the perfect backdrop to a host of showy perennials outdoors. Scroll through our seasonal care tips to make sure you’re treating yours right.

Autumn

Everything you need to know for the months of September, October, November

Mulch

In prep for the colder months, apply a generous mulch around the base of your outdoor Fatsia.

Think of it as a snug, duvet-like layer that will protect the roots and keep them cosy over winter.

Flowering

Depending on how established it is, your plant might flower from September to October.

Fatsias put out creamy-white blooms that look like little firework bursts.

Talk about seasonally appropriate.

Winter

Everything you need to know for the months of December, January and February

Radiators

Indoor Fatsias may have a hissy fit if they’re too near a radiator in the colder months.

Keep an eye out for funny behaviour and yellowing leaves, and move them somewhere cooler if they start to discolour, wilt or crisp up.

Trim after the last frost

Fatsias are hardy plants and generally unphased by winter weather.

During particularly heavy frosts or snowstorms, some of the leaves of your outdoor plants may droop or get darker.

Once all risk of frost has passed, just trim any damage off and your plant should spring back in spring, good as new.

Spring

Everything you need to know for the months of March, April and May

Trim

Spring is an ideal time to give your Fatsia a trim.

Towards the end of the season, remove any yellow leaves, damaged shoots and straggly growth.

Don’t worry if it looks a little bare - you’re creating room for new, vibrant green shoots to emerge.

Fertilise

After pruning, sprinkle a handful of slow-release organic fertiliser around the base of your plant to give it a head start as the growing season gets underway.

Houseplants and outdoor container plants will also go wild for a feed in spring, or you could remove and replace the top 5cm of soil, to inject fresh nutrients that way.

Repot

Aim to repot your Fatsia every two to three years.

This will replenish the soil and make space for the roots to grow.

Go for a pot that’s roomier than the one it’s already in.

Once the rootball’s inside, backfill it with rich, peat-free compost to give it a little boost.

Summer

Everything you need to know for the months of June, July and August

Watering

Give your Fatsia a good glug of water whenever you notice the soil is dry, particularly during hot, dry spells.

But take care not to overdo it - these plants hate to be waterlogged.

Fatsias in pots, particularly outdoors, will need watering more often than those in the ground.

Rotate

Rotate your indoor Fatsia every month or so throughout the growing season, to make sure it keeps an upright shape rather than lilting towards the light.

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