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Has this Fatsia Japonica had it?

LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 766

Hi all.

I'm not sure it survived the cold weather we had. Is there anything I can do to revive it?



  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,138
    If the roots are OK it'll grow new stems from lower down than the wilted bits - if those wilted tips don't perk up in a couple of weeks, you can trim them off. If it does recover, it'll be happier in the ground. They want to grow into big shrubs.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 766
    Thanks @JennyJ  

    I will be putting it in the ground soon. Should I wait till it perks up? And if it needs trimming do I cut back everything above the brown part of the stem, which seems to be the most damaged part?
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,138
    I think I would just leave it in a sheltered spot for a while longer. The top growth that's already damaged will give it a bit of protection if there's another cold snap (which is pretty likely - it's not even March yet).
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 766
    Thanks @JennyJ
  • I reckon it will be fine. Give it another six weeks then see how it does. They're tough! 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    If you cannot plant them out, do re-pot them into a larger container. The issue with small pots, the plant's roots will feel the extremes even more. Fatsia Japonica do droop and often look terrible in cold weather, especially when young. I agree, leave them for now and hopefully they will recover. 
  • Mine look a bit like this when sulking after a cold night or two. It will recover I reckon. I'd leave in the pot for now as you can protect from further cold nights for a bit.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 766
    Thanks guys. I've got it huddled in amongst some other pots, I'll just keep an eye on it.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 766

    It's really not improving, looking worse if anything! Would repotting it in some fresh compost help?
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,520
    Nothing sticking out from the brown bits will grow. I'd cut those leaves off. But leave the dead part of the  main stem for now.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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