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Wilting fatsia japonica

o I have a fatsia japonica which is 15 years old and is looking very sad; the leaves are drooping and some of the foliage has turned brown at the tips.  is it possible to do anything to revive it or should I abandon it and plant a new one or something else in its place?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,354

    It sounds as if some new growth has been damaged by frost.  I would leave it alone for now ... if it's not recovered by next summer it will be time to replace it. 

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,632

    It might be a good idea to post a photo to see the leaves. Make sure the soil is not compacted and waterlogged. Sometimes, drying winds and sun can damage the leaves. Being it is quite a mature specimen, it's fine to prune off aged leaves and regular maintenance on removing leaves and stems. If you haven't done this, then you may need to start removing the leaves that are tatty and going brown. Even though it is evergreen, leaves will sometimes die off and at that size, all blemishes get amplified. 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    Fatsia can be cut back brutally if all else fails ; they soon recover , usually with renewed vigour .

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,244

    Agree with Dove.

    Don't do anything until next Spring.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
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