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Fatsia Japonica indoors vs outdoors

ive just bought a fatsia japonica from a selection of houseplants but in wondering if:
- it will flower if kept as an indoor plant?
- can I plant it outdoors or will this be too accustomed to being inside? (I dont know where its been kept previously though)
Thanks in advance for any help!


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,913

    It is hardy (here, anyway) but a small one that's been grown indoors in the warm might be in for a shock if you put it outside at this time of the year.  Maybe keep it indoors until next spring/summer.

    My big outside Fatsia flowers every year at this time but I don't know how big or how old they have to be before they start (it's been living here longer than I have). 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,178
    They are hardy down to -10C or -15C according to the RHS so yours should be fine outdoors but, as Jenny says, not something to risk now.   Keep it indoors and grow it on so that you can plant it out late next spring after the frosts are all done.   You can also grow it in a pot outside from next spring but make sure the pots is a good size and shape to balance the upper growth and also insulate the roots gainst future winter frosts.

    Some info here - 
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  • I planted one in a big pot outside last autumn, in light shade. It survived last winter quite happily, and is about to flower now. I didn't even know they flower and only bought it for the beautiful leaves, so that was a nice surprise  :)

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,252
    Yes - wait till  next year. They can survive quite extreme temps, conditions and weather, but  it won't if it goes out now.  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you so much! Yes perhaps not the best time to put her out in the cold! Then will gradually harden off in spring and hope for flowers sometime! 
    Thank you! :) 
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