Fatshedera

This is another plant with an unfamiliar Latin name. The plant is a hybrid and its name is derived from Fatsia or Figleaf Palm and Hedera or Ivy. The leaves are smaller than the Fatsia but larger than the Ivy. It is an easy growing house plant. It can be drastically pruned if the plant grows too high. Plants can only become bushy if the plant is cut back regularly. This can be done during the spring or during the summer. The young shoots can be used as cuttings. If you place these when they are approximately 4 inches long into a jam jar filled with water, they will root easily. It is not necessary to use tip-cuttings, even parts of the stem provided they have leaves will root in water. The plant is usually supplied in a small pot, which makes it necessary to repot it fairly quickly. Use the normal potting compost and do not forget to place a piece of crock in the bottom of the pot. The Fatshedera flowers, but only when the plant is a few years old.

Fatshedera
The plant likes plenty of nourishment, and a little diluted liquid manure may be ad¬ministered once every fortnight. It likes a lot of water and the soil in the pot should be kept moist. The plant needs protection against bright sunlight, but it requires a light position, preferably on a window-sill facing North. The plant prefers a slightly heated room and a normally heated room is too much for it. The variety with a variegated leaf needs more warmth.

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