Fatshedera Lizei (Ivy Tree)
(Araliaceae) origin: France
A bi-generic hybrid resulting from a cross between Fatsia and Hedera (ivy). It is of erect, wiry growth on a single stem that requires a stick for support. The dark green leaves are shaped rather like those of the castor oil plant (Aralia sieboldii) but are smaller and have five points. One of the easiest of house plants, tolerant of almost any conditions and treatment, and also hardy out-of-doors. Keep moist, in semi-shade, and feed regularly during the growing season. Repot in spring or summer when the plant becomes too tall for the pot in which it is growing.
F.I. Variegata. The variegation occurs as a broad cream margin round the edges of the leaves. Not quite as hardy as the green variety. In poor light in winter, in a hot, dry atmosphere, or if the plant is allowed to dry out, the lower leaves tend to turn brown and fall off. Should this happen, make a loop of galvanized wire and push the ends into the soil. Train the stem round this loop, tying where necessary with raffia. The section with leaves will then cover the length of bare stem.