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Ivy Tree

English Name

Fatshedera Lizei

Scientific Name

Description

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.

Araliaceae

Family

46°F - 68°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 4'1"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Color

Watering

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.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during avtive growth period only.

Repotting

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.

Propagation

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.

Cultivation

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.

Pruning

Pinch out the tips of the stems if you want to encourage them to branch from lower down.

Tips

Leaves can be cleaned with a damp cloth if they get dusty or dirty. Use leaf-shine every 3 months.

Care

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.

Decorate

Fatshederas are suitable for most well-lit rooms including conservatories.

Humidity

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.

Soil

House-plant potting compost.



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