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can anyone help pleas?

my castor oil plant has started to droop and the top of the main stem has gone brown. What should I do to revive it?



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    This is the plant I’m talking abou. It looks sad to me but my sister in law bought it and I’d like to save it if possibl. I’m new to gardening so would appreciate any advic. I’ve had the plant about 6 month. 

    Thanks joyce

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Generally, these shrubs do better in the ground. It's possible that the roots may have filled your pot. I'm assuming you have holes at the bottom of the pot? What position do you keep them in?

    They prefer some shade, so make sure they are not getting full sun. I can't see the brown section properly, but it is possible there is a breakage which promotes rotting. If that is the case, you may need to prune that top section off at a slant removing the top two set of leaves with it. Others may have a different opinion. But my advice is to get it planted into the ground longterm. Find a shady spot for it.

  • Where are you located?

    We have one which we will have to move as it is too exposed where we planted it.

    It looks exactly like that when very cold or below freezing then recovers when it warms up. The new shoots on the top of ours have gone completely brown.

    Has it been cold with you?

    We will move it to a more sheltered location when the weather here (Lancashire) warms up and hopefully it will be happier.


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 770

    I have three outdoors in borders in a cold shady area. They do really well...they've often looked like this when it's been particularly cold otherwise they do well here in he NE. 

  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    I have two mature ones that look great but two young ones that look like this and I think it is the winter. They perked up in a bit of Sun but have since gone depressed again. 

    I also have two spider web ones too and they are worse. I'm not sure if I'll keep it them but was considering seeing if they would make house plants? 

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  • Hi, I have a mature false castor oil plant which is approximately 8 ft tall, has 5 trunks and only has leaves right at the top, for some reason once leaves start growing at the top it loses them from the bottom, a bit like a yucca plant. I want to cut it back and start it off again and hopefully not lose any leaves, so what is the best way to cut it back and should I move it to a better location?

  • UpNorthUpNorth Posts: 376
    i wouldn't worry about constricted roots either.  i have a mature one in a raised planter/wall and it thrives somehow even in a lot of sun.  great plants.  

    the clear consensus here - don't worry about this one! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Hi Bill - are you also talking about a Fatsia as the OP was? They do tend to lose lower stems as they put on growth. Are the lower areas crowded out by other planting nearby?
    If it's that size, you might have difficulty relocating it. What are the growing conditions like - soil etc. They do best in moist, rich soil with a bit of shade from midday sun. The sun tends to bleach them if they get too much of it.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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