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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

A newbie here !
I planted 2 of these about 2 weeks ago and they seem to be struggling (see pics - dying leaves and dropping) They’re in a partial shade/ shade position in reasonable soil but had some bonemeal added to planting holes and a good watering. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated and will they recover? Many thanks 



  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Spiders web is a fussy plant to get going and they are not as hardy as the green variety so I think the changes in temperature will have affected it.

  • Thanks K67 so I assume it will bounce back when it gets a bit warmer? In the meantime time should I cut off the brown shrivelled up leaves or just leave them?
    Thanks again.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    I would leave them on until this cold snap passes as they will give a bit of protection to the plant as fatsia grow from the top. I expect they will drop off of their own accord when new growth starts.
    Lower leaves do die off as the plant grows and it can reach up to 8ft x 8ft
  • Great thanks very much 
  • carletonexoticcarletonexotic YorkshirePosts: 80
    As others have said, not as hardy as the standard fatsia, though I don't think the recent frosts have been bad enough to cause any lasting damage.
    An exotic jungle garden in West Yorkshire: 
  • Further to my post back in April when I planted two Spiders Web’s the consensus why it was dropping/browning was due to the late frosts we had and that it should recover. However the attached pics suggest otherwise? With a lot of the leaves white & curled. They are planted in partial shade (morning sun), soil not great but planted with bonemeal and watered regularly. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can help these plants recover / thrive?
    Thanks in advance 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,047
    They just aren't hardy - it's that simple. They need protection in winter unless you live in a very mild part of the country. If they've been frosted for any length of time, it'll take a long time for them to recover. If you can beef up the soil with some decent compost on a regular basis [ as you said the soil wasn't great ] that will be better than having to  feed them too. It's fairly normal for new growth on these plants to look very different from the mature foliage - the green ones are the same. Excess sun, especially in very hot spells, will tend to bleach them too. 

    They're slow growing - much slower than the green one - so it'll be a while before they reach even a metre or so. Patience is needed  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,446
    It's apparently normal on that variety for some of the leaves to be more white than others, see for example. I'm thinking perhaps the white parts are more sensitive to strong morning sun and it might be happier in dappled shade.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,047
    Yes - they're plants for shade, not hot sun. Even the green ones get bleached if it's too hot.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    I have one of these, and they look fine to me. They are variegated, so the leaves are white/green. The new leaves look curled as they open - they take a while to completely unfurl. I think you just need to keep watering and be patient.

    I think you said they are in partial shade - watch out for direct sun. As said above, they don't like it!
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