The species of fairies:
As we said, typically in an Italian nursery we find only this species, even the varieties and hybrids are difficult to find in our country, where the aralia is much used in gardens, but without this ever making it a plant “fashionable”, rather it is a shrub that was used more widely until a few decades ago.
And it is a pity, because the foliage is robust and very particular, the plant is completely rustic, and finds room both in the sun, and in the semi-shaded areas of the garden, and also in heavy soils, where other shrubs might not develop at best. In addition to this, the large leaves can be utilized as a green element in the bunches of flowers, giving an exotic touch.
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Evergreen shrub, native to Taiwan; also this fatsia can find a place in the Italian gardens, but it needs some protection from the winter frost, and prefers semi-shaded positions, with a good humidity. The general appearance of the plant is very similar to that of the japonica species, but the segments of the large leaves tend to be thinner, giving the entire leaf a more delicate and decorative shape.
Plant not easy to find in the nursery, also in the places of origin, it is not very diffused, as the habitat of development is progressively damaged by the man.
Evergreen shrub, native to some Pacific islands, also widespread in nature in the Hawaiian islands, has palm leaves, with lobes much wider and wider than the leaves of japonica fatsia. Not a completely rustic plant, in Italy it is mainly grown in pots, although it is difficult to find. It loves semi-shaded positions, and a humid and cool climate, without excessive changes in temperature during the day.
Cultivating Japanese Fairies
The aralia is a vigorous and resistant shrub, once planted it tends to be satisfied with the water supplied by the rains and not to need any kind of care, even if it develops in a luxuriant way. Excellent choice for a low maintenance garden, where flowers and plants tend to develop at will.
The japonica fatsy prefers semi-shaded or sunny positions, possibly sheltered from the sun during the hottest hours of the day, and especially during long summer evenings; in areas with very cold winters, with temperatures that for a long time fall below -12 ° C, it is advisable to place the aralia near a wall, which provides a little shelter from the cold wind. If damaged by frost, the plants tend to regenerate quite quickly by the arrival of spring.
These shrubs prefer well drained and loose soils, but develop without any problems also in heavy clayey substrata; they bear very well the drought, but it is advisable to water the plants regularly, every time the soil is well dry, from April to September, especially in case of drought or of recently planted specimens, in way to favour the development of a vigorous and well branched root system.
The fatsia develops producing multiple stems, which are constantly renewed; it is typically during the summer that the older stems tend to lose their foliage; by the end of winter, if necessary, it is possible to remove the older and taller stems, in order to favour the development of the new stems and to rejuvenate the whole shrub.
Propagating the Aralia
The fruits of fatsia japonica contain seeds, usually fertile; the sowing is done in autumn, after having deprived the seeds of the pulp and having made them dry up for a couple of days in the sun; they are sown in small pots, which are to be kept in cold greenhouse, in way to avoid exposing the seeds, or the small plants, to the rigours of the winter.
In order to get a small shrub more quickly, it is advisable to propagate the heralds utilizing, in late spring or in summer, the semi-woody cuttings; in order to allow the cuttings to survive, and to root, it is important to remove the leaves, leaving only one of them at the apex of the branch, which will be cut at least in half, or, otherwise, the small branch will not be able to furnish sufficient humidity to keep all the big leaf alive.
Let’s keep the cuttings trays in a luminous place, but sheltered from the excessive heat or the winter cold. The following spring we can plant the young plants, so that they have several months to get used to the outdoor climatic conditions, before the winter arrives.
Aralia – Fatsia japonica: A garden with an ancient flavour
For some strange reason, also the plants follow some fashions; some years, in nursery, only “Mediterranean” plants are sold, other times, the passion spreads for succulent plants of every type, for years, we could not say to have a garden worthy of such name, if we did not have at least one palm tree maple.
For the same reason, some plants are no longer in fashion, and therefore, it is increasingly difficult to see them in the recently planted gardens; this is the case of the japonica fatsia, which, till the end of the eighties, was a typical shrub of every garden, almost an essential element. In addition to the fatteness, there are many plants which tend to be forgotten, in spite of their undeniable merits.
Some spring flowering plants are considered “grandmothers’ plants”, and there are those who think that they do not make a good impression in its garden, such as the forsythia or the chaenomeles; some decades ago, a garden in the city, in order to be able to say garden, had to have inside at least one conifer, independently from the climatic needs of such plant, or from the dimensions it would have reached during the years; the viburnum vat was once utilized for the hedges, replaced, more and more often, by the phothynia “red robin”.
These changes in taste are not always motivated; certainly, in the case of all types of firs, the choice today to avoid them at any cost, unless they are small varieties, must surely be rewarded; in the case, on the contrary, of other plants, such as the fatsia or the viburnum vat, I think that it is a discrimination done without thinking about the real merits of these plants, which develop everywhere, even in the garden which has no irrigation system, or which is not fertilized if not for 3-4 years, keeping beautiful, luxuriant, full of flowers and healthy foliage.
Clearly, none of your neighbours will come to ask you for information about the strange plant you have planted, but surely, even in the most inclement season, your shrub will show off, without suffering any kind of damage.
- The characteristic perennial shrub comes from different continents and is part of the foliage and numerous grouping tassonom.
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