thomas.richards2dN4uPwTo Posts: 2
New to gardening. We have a japonica that needs some TLC. Includes a white stalk at the top of one of its trunks (or whatever the correct term is) that from memory had its flowers from last year. Unsure if should remove this.
It hasnt grown much taller and dont want to remove what might be its core that prevents it growing taller.
If the leaves are going yellow it usually points to too much sun, they prefer shader spots.
You are correct that it's an old flower stalk it will normally go brown but you can carefully snap it off as the new leaves grow from the top and older leaves underneath will die off.
This is my 3/4 year old plant and it look a bit greener than yours but some leaves aren't great and contrary to what I said it is squashed in with other plants but area is weed free.
I give it a mulch of bagged manure every spring keeping it a few inches away from the trunk, other than that I ignore it!
Guess better get my spade out!
There is no such plant as a "Japonica". Your plant is a Fatsia japonica, aka Japanese aralia one of the many plants originating from Japan and thus with the "Japonica" epithet in their name. See https://search.thompson-morgan.com/seeds/Evergreen-Japonica-Shrubs