The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Araliaceae.

Fatsia japonica Common name(s): Castor Oil Plant, Aralia
Fatsia Genus of 2 or 3 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees from E. Asia. They have large, leathery, palmately 7- to 11-lobed leaves, produced mainly at the branch tips, and compound umbels, to 12 in (30 cm) across, of small, creamy white flowers borne in autumn, followed by clusters of usually spherical black fruits. Fatsia can reach a height of 4 ft. or more. It prefers a cool, well-ventilated and bright conditions. Wash the leaves ocasionally. Don't allow compost to dry out.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 55 F or 16 C. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in Winter. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Take stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom head. Sow seed at 59-70 F (15-21 C) in autumn or spring.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

23rd May 2010
i havent had this plant very long ,but when my husbend brought it home to me i noticed that it had lil babys (branch offs) by the main plant so i took them and put them in there own pots now i have my main big plant and 3 other (small) plants . so i would have to say they are very easy to branch if you have a pot to put them in . i dont have them in dir. sunlightand its been very easy for me to take care of =D
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