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Edmac41
May 1, 2018 10:45 AM CST
We bought our Fatsia a few weeks ago from a reputable garden centre, and planted it out. We've watered every evening but its older leaves and now its bright new ones are browning round the edges and a couple have died completely. Other shrubs bought at the same time are doing fine. Could the overhanging lime tree, which is now coming into leaf, be the problem?
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greene
May 1, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Fatsia japonica like part shade to full shade so the lime should not be an issue. Maybe the plant is pouting a bit after being moved and transplanted? Give it some time to adjust.
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plantmanager
May 1, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Could it be over watering? It seems like daily water in your area at this time of year might be too much.
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WillC
May 1, 2018 2:07 PM CST
How cold does it get during your London winters? If temps are sub-freezing, then your Fatsia may not survive outside in winter. If so, then why plant it in the ground outside now? If you plan to bring it inside in winter, then it would be best to keep it in its pot and leave its roots undisturbed.
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sooby
May 1, 2018 4:50 PM CST
The RHS rates it as hardy in most of the UK - when I lived there I grew it outdoors in the garden. Perhaps it was kept in a greenhouse or otherwise sheltered at the garden centre and was not sufficiently adjusted to being outdoors?

RHS info on Fatsia japonica:
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WillC
May 1, 2018 5:01 PM CST
Thanks, Sue. I'm surprised to learn that Fatsi can withstand temps that cold. My sources have always suggested otherwise.
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Edmac41
May 1, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Thanks all for your comments: very useful. For what it's worth I think I'm guilty of over watering. (We've not had frost in London.)
Several bright new leaves perhaps indicate it's basically healthy.

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