Fatshedera Lizei is a cross between a Fatsia Japonica and Hedera Helix. It was raised in 1910 by the French nursery firm Messrs Lize' at Nantes. Its leaves are shiny and are similar to those of Fatsia Japonica but are smaller.
Water moderately when in active growth, allowing the top half-inch of the mixture to dry out between waterings. Reduce the amount of water during the rest period, giving just enough to keep the mixture from drying out.
Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during avtive growth period only.
Use a soil-based potting mixture with one-third extra peat moss, move the plant one size larger pot every year in Spring. Fatshederas require support from a cane or framework.
Tip cuttings 3-4 inches long will root quickly if taken just as new growth begins, planted in a moistened peat-based mixture, enclosed in a plastic bag and kept in medium light indoors. When rooted, uncover the plant and start to water moderately. Alternatively, Fatshederas can be air-layered.
Fatshederas do best in medium light. They should not be kept too far away from the window because too little light can result in thin, spindly main stems. Variegated Fatshederas need bright light but not strong sunlight. To create a more massed effect, put several specimens together in the same pot.
Pinch out the tips of the stems if you want to encourage them to branch from lower down.
Leaves can be cleaned with a damp cloth if they get dusty or dirty. Use leaf-shine every 3 months.
While actively growing, Fatshederas can tolerate a wide range of room temperatures. During the rest period they prefer cool position but will survive well enough in heated rooms provided the air is humid. Keep watch for aphids, scale insects and red spider mites.
Fatshederas are suitable for most well-lit rooms including conservatories.
Spray 2-3 times a week when growing in Spring and Summer, once a week in Winter. If temperature is higher in Summer, spray daily. Stand pot on a tray of moist pebbles.
House-plant potting compost.
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