False Aralia (Fatsia Japonica) Or Fatsie From Japan

False Aralia (Fatsia japonica) or Fatsie from Japan

False Aralia is a small evergreen shrub with a spreading, rounded habit and thick stems from East Asia. It can withstand cold down to -15° C, which explains why it is widely cultivated outdoors especially in temperate climates to give an exotic note. But it is also grown as a houseplant.

Its large, dark green shiny leaves are 15 to 40 cm long and are cut into about 10 toothed lobes. They are grouped at the end of the branches.

In autumn, five-petalled cream-white flowers, more or less 5 mm in diameter, appear on long peduncles: they are borne in branched umbels 3-4 cm in diameter, but appear only on planted trees. outside.

Then, spherical black berries gathered in generous clusters, offer a very decorative asset that attracts the birds.

False Aralia is particularly appreciated for its spectacular foliage and late bloom, but also for its resistance to air pollution and spray.

  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Type: shrub or houseplant
  • Origin: Asia
  • Color: cream white flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: yes
  • Planting: spring
  • Flowering: autumn
  • Height: 1.5 m to 4 m

Ideal floor and exposure for fake Aralia

False Aralia is grown outdoors, in full sun or shade, sheltered from cold and drying winds, in cool, fertile and well-drained soil.

Indoors, you will make a mix of loam and loam.

Date of sowing, cutting and planting Fatsia

It is in autumn or spring that you sow the scythe between 15 and 18° C, after soaking the seeds one night in warm water. Herbaceous cuttings are done in July or air layering in March or September.

Planting is done in the spring, outdoors.

Board of maintenance and culture of fake Aralia

Do a weekly watering in the summer and bring very little water in the winter, during which time it should be between 5 and 10° C.

In early spring, prune, especially when the branches are a little bald, to maintain a beautiful symmetry.

If it appears shot in winter after a frost, do not panic, wait for the end of the cold period and its leaves will resume their vigor.

Diseases, pests and parasites of Fatsia

black fruits of False Aralia (Fatsia japonica) or Fatsie of Japan

Mealybugs can invade fake Aralia, especially indoors, greenhouse or veranda. Also beware of cold winds that blacken and fall leaves and shoots.

Location and favorable association of fake Aralia

It is a plant that is cultivated outdoors in regions with a not too harsh climate, or indoors provided not to overheat in winter.

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