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greencode
Jun 3, 2018 5:27 AM CST
Hi. My first post, of I'm sure many!!

I purchased this Fatsia japonica from IKEA a few months back but whilst it continues to grow and new leaves form I can't get it to stop looking a bit droopy.

We water when it's half dry (water by leaving in a tray of water for a few hours) and the plant is never exposed to full sunlight. It's in a bright room but in shade.

Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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WillC
Jun 3, 2018 9:10 AM CST
If the leaf stems are drooping even after the soil has been watered well, then it is just the weight of the leaves that are causing the drooping and it is not a concern. However, more light will help develop stronger leaves in the future.

If the leaf stems do perk up some after watering, then you are waiting for a bit too long to provide water. It is best to water just before it reaches the wilting point. I'm not sure what you mean by "half dry." However, I suggest that you water from the top as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Add enough water until a bit runs through the drain holes. Fatsias prefer cool, moist conditions and very bright indirect indoor sun.
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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2018 9:19 AM CST
I pretty much agree with WillC's assessment but I am a bit confused. Confused when you say "We water when it's half dry by leaving in a tray of water for a few hours."

Does that mean you do not pour water onto the soil at the base of the plant but only pour water into a bottom tray? If that's the case, I think there might be an issue with the soil not taking up water to the plants roots properly. I'd water from the top of the soil until the water exits the drain holes in the container.
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greencode
Jun 4, 2018 9:37 AM CST
WillC said:If the leaf stems are drooping even after the soil has been watered well, then it is just the weight of the leaves that are causing the drooping and it is not a concern. However, more light will help develop stronger leaves in the future.

If the leaf stems do perk up some after watering, then you are waiting for a bit too long to provide water. It is best to water just before it reaches the wilting point. I'm not sure what you mean by "half dry." However, I suggest that you water from the top as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Add enough water until a bit runs through the drain holes. Fatsias prefer cool, moist conditions and very bright indirect indoor sun.


Thanks for your help with this. I'll give your suggestions a go and see how it comes along.

plantladylin said:I pretty much agree with WillC's assessment but I am a bit confused. Confused when you say "We water when it's half dry by leaving in a tray of water for a few hours."

Does that mean you do not pour water onto the soil at the base of the plant but only pour water into a bottom tray? If that's the case, I think there might be an issue with the soil not taking up water to the plants roots properly. I'd water from the top of the soil until the water exits the drain holes in the container.


Ah yes, I usually leave the plant in a tray of water and not water from the top. I'll give that a go and give the plant a little more light and see if that perks it up.


Crumpy10
Jul 24, 2019 1:57 AM CST
Hi I have two plants in the same pot, potted at the same time, one is constantly drooping the other is doing great. I watered them and the droopy one came right, but 24 hrs later is droopy again. The other one is fine! Any ideas? Will try to upload an image. Many thanks in advance!
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Jul 24, 2019 4:56 PM CST
Your photo does not clearly show the two separate plants. How did they get in the same pot? Did you buy it that way or did you put the two together?
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Hamwild
Jul 24, 2019 6:16 PM CST
They look to be on either side of the pot. Smiling

Cubanarusa
Dec 13, 2020 12:34 PM CST
I need help,
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My Fatsia Japonica is starting to hang, and getting a little brown . I changed the earth, i give less water because its winter in Belgium. It had some spider mites in the beginning but i showerd my plant and they died, I don't know what i can do.
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Dec 13, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Welcome! to the forum Cubanarusa!

When you changed the soil, you damaged the fine root-hairs. Now the plant is struggling to absorb water. Keep it in the brightest spot you have, use plant lights if you have to, barely moist and as warm as you can stand/afford. You basically need to make your home into a greenhouse. Even then expect to lose some/most of the leaves. For future reference, drastic soil changing is very hard on plants and should only be done if the plant is in danger and you have access to a greenhouse or can make your home INTO a greenhouse OR the plant is growing very vigorously and you have great conditions for it to recuperate.
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modraphenia3
Mar 6, 2021 3:33 PM CST
Iv got a couple leaves with brown tip on the one side of the plant due to going out and leaving it in a sunny window spot,got home after a couple of hours a quickly moved it to shaded spot and waterd. The next day the drooping leaves lifted back to a healthy position. My question is if you take note of newer leaves..they seem curled up on tips, this is my first Japonica plant,is this normal for younger leaves 🍃..?I'd appreciate your help, thanks for reading.


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Mar 6, 2021 3:37 PM CST

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Name: John
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Mar 7, 2021 12:22 AM CST
Welcome! to the forum modraphenia3!
Your plant looks healthy and normal. Yes, sometimes the new leaves will be a little curlier than older ones, especially if the lighting is lower than where it was grown. They will eventually flatten out.

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modraphenia3
Mar 7, 2021 3:46 AM CST
Thanks very much for your reply. I love gardening and try to lookafter each individual plant thats in my care...again thank you 😊

modraphenia3
Apr 7, 2021 4:36 PM CST
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Hi can anyone tell me what's going on here please,
I don't over water or leave it in bright light,it spends everyother day on my window but no direct sunlight.
Iv noticed little black flies on it,not loads maybe three or four,are they laying eggs,can I prevent this,im very concerned 😟🤔please help..regards s jarrett.
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WillC
Apr 7, 2021 5:22 PM CST
It's hard to tell from that one photo, but it does not appear to be drooping unusually. If it is, then it is likely because the soil has gotten too dry and should per up after a thorough watering. Fatsias do best with soil that stays damp.

How far from the window is it on alternate days?

Those are probably fungus gnats and were likely introduced with contaminated potting soil used when it was repotted.
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modraphenia3
Apr 8, 2021 5:37 AM CST
Is there a spray I can buy,or a solution that can be made up like soapy water and vinegar perhaps..?
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WillC
Apr 8, 2021 6:28 AM CST
There no quick remedies for gnat larvae living in the soil, but there are many home remedies that are of limited value in my experience. Keeping the soil as dry as possible is a goal so liquid treatments are counterproductive.

Remove and discard all loose soil from the top surface that is not in immediate contact with the roots. Doing so will also discard many of the larvae that live in the uppermost soil and it will allow the soil in the root zone to dry out sooner. Letting the soil dry as deep as possible without harming the plant is the best solution. Mosquito Bits are a natural solution that can often help. Yellow sticky traps help detect where the gnats are coming from. But the winged adults only live for about a week before they die of old age. Eradication of the larvae in the soil is the key.

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riannenrings
Apr 13, 2021 8:52 PM CST
Hi all, I recently purchased this plant 2 weeks ago and it's been kinda drooping since I got it. It was drooping this way in its original plastic pot & I repotted it into a much bigger container and it's under a covered patio in California which gets very very little rays of late afternoon sun directly on it. I water it from the top once or twice a week. I think I messed up though using cactus/ citrus soil instead of regular potting soil. Any ideas what may be causing the droop and what I should try?
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Name: John
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Apr 15, 2021 1:07 PM CST
The soil is not the problem. In fact, there is no problem. That's just the way they grow in deep shade. If they REALLY droop, like straight down, THEN you have a problem. If it gets that little sun and in that size pot, you probably are giving it too much water. It should be dry down about 3" before you water it again and make sure some water comes out the bottom.
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