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Fatsia... waning with the summer?

Posted by frilly 8/9 LA (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 27, 03 at 21:06

I planted some fatsia (3 gallon size) in a shady area of my yard last September. They were beautiful until a month ago, when they started having serious leaf droop. I have a few new leaves, but the plants look awful. They have received regular watering so I don't think that's the problem. Advice please? I really need some large evergreens for my shady garden in Baton Rouge. TIA!


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

Could you possibly be watering them too much?


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

I haven't really studied Fatsia for here, but anything that did as well as Fatsia did where I grew up in western Washington State makes me skeptical about growing it here unless I see some growing well here. I would guess it needs cooler nights--like the fifties and sixties it would get there this time of year. (No kidding--it gets too chilly not to have a sweater handy in the evening.) There are lots of wonderful evergreens for shade here; if you don't like camellias, even the lesser-planted ones with more interesting foliage, there's Florida Anice (Illicium floridanum) with nice scented foliage and neat kinda spidery burgundy blooms in early spring, and various native agaristas, and--I shouldn't overwhelm you with choices. There are excellent nurseries in Baton Rouge--have a good time hunting!


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

greenelbows, Fatsia japonica actually grows fine here. It does require a loose, well-drained, slightly acid soil.


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I'm looking for a good source for buying fatsia since our local garden centers don't carry them. Any ideas?


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  • Posted by dmuns z8 Seattle (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 26, 04 at 13:46

I am having a problem too with a chlorotic, drooping fatsia. Did you solve your problem? When I did a google search I found this website for honey fungus which attacks fatsias. www.webmesh.co.uk/experiment1.htm. Did you solve your problem?


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

I have lost 2 fatsia plants this year, before they even made it out of the garden center's pots. They just kinda started drooping and then died. I have no idea what happened, I have lots and lots of other plants that do very well for me.
Phillis


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

One of my early gardening 'mentors' said she always tried a plant she liked three times, and then if it died she figured it just wasn't a plant for her. There are lots of plants that do well here that people farther north or west can't grow, and I really enjoy finding them. We can sometimes find a spot for something most folks can't grow by checking its need very carefully, or more often, for me at least!-by pure dumb luck.


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RE: Fatsia... waning with the summer?

I finally just gave up on the Fatsia and pulled it up. I need stuff that can live happily in my yard. I will research your honey fungus idea though, since that fatsia plant was exactly the size and texture I needed.

For the poster who wanted to buy some, I got mine at Cleggs. Also Bantings in Bridge City has lots of them.


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