Growing Fatshedera Lizei: An Old Time Houseplant Ready For A Comeback!

House plants are innovative features in interior decorating now, so you are not old-fashioned if you like to have lovely plants in your home.

While small plants on a window sill or small tables bring freshness and charm to a room, it takes a large, exotic plant to add a dramatic touch.

Growing Fatshedera LizeiPin
Variegated Fatshedera Lizei

Such a plant is Fatshedera Lizei—one will give a stunning effect. Although this plant is not exactly new, it is just beginning to be appreciated.

Hybrid Fatshedera Lizei Plant 

I first saw this Fatshedera in the conservatory of an estate in North Carolina and was immediately drawn to it because, from a distance, it seemed to be a large tree-ivy.

Upon closer inspection, I found that while the leaves did resemble those of the ivy, it was only part of ivy parentage.

I learned it was a hybrid between the ivy, Hedera helix, and a Japanese plant, Fatsia japonica. Since these are both distinct genera, mating the two was a very unusual occurrence.

Graceful Fatshedera Lizei

These attractive plants, striking subjects for standing on the floor, demand the same care in placing as a piece of sculpture, for their bold, clean lines have a dominating effect. 

The Fatshedera is beginning to invade a field long held by another large plant—the fiddle-leaved fig, Ficus pandurata (Ficus lyrata), but they will complement rather than rival each other fatshedera is more graceful than the fig.

If you can imagine an ivy with huge leaves growing on straight, upright stems, you will form a good idea of this plant.

The blooms, usually appearing in January, consist of loose terminal heads of greenish-white flowers of reasonably good size.

Free Growing Fatshedera

Best of all, fatshedera is not difficult to grow. It responds well to a minimum of care.

As it is a very free grower, it is best not to give it too large a pot or too rich a soil. 

Since it does not require the sunniest window, it may be used in many situations where it will be away from direct light for long periods.

Fatshedera Lizei Cutting

Being a rather slender plant, it is often trained into a double standard by cutting off the main stem when only a few inches high.

New plants can be started quite readily in the fall from cuttings.

Cut through the node as this will be the base of the cutting.

The wood for this should be firm and well-developed.

It is a half-hardy subject, and only mild bottom heat is necessary to induce rooting.