Propagation of Fatsia - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
Question by JSM713
August 25, 1998
How/when do I propagate a fatsia? Can I "demolish" a fatsia and create several?

Answer from NGA
August 25, 1998


You can propagate your fatsia from air layering, stem cuttings and root cuttings, but don't try to divide the crown of the plant. I prefer air layering myself, because it's low maintenance, you don't have to "demolish" the plant, and just because it's a neat phenomenon!

The best time for propagation is while the fatsia's in an active growth phase. Choose a part of the stem that is slightly green (rather than brown or totally green, and has a healthy leaf(ves) at the other end. Remove about one inch of bark all the way around the stem (girdle it). Place a ball of slightly damp sphagnum moss around the girdled section. Wrap the moss with a piece of black plastic and secure it on both ends with twist ties. Be sure to keep the moss damp - check every so often and dampen if necessary. In about 1-2 months roots will form under the plastic. Sever the stem just below the newly formed roots and pot up the "baby". Have fun!

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