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Persistent yellow leaf problem

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wiltingfast Wed 06-May-15 14:06:24

I've a Fatsia Japonica in my garden which has grown pretty well and just coming into a nice shape BUT it has much yellower leaves than other plants in the garden and I see the plant in other gardens around me with much greener leaves.

Over the last few years I've tried fertilizer, Epsom salts, tomato food. However I've never managed to get any discernible improvement. I suspect it may be growing slower than it should but it has definitely grown.

So here I am again, at the start of another growing season wondering what to do with it. Any ideas? I'll try and post some pics later when I get home.

Incidentally I've a similar problem with a Hydrangea out the front and one or two others also seem randomly affected.

Ferguson Wed 06-May-15 14:19:06

Here is another link about it, which may help:


shovetheholly Wed 06-May-15 14:32:35

Do you have it in the sun? That would be my first guest - this is a real deep shade lover.

wiltingfast Wed 06-May-15 21:37:35

Really? Cause I see it in open gardens around here and it seems ok. It's definitely out in the sun.

Reading the article it appears to have all the attributes of a successful japonica (flowers followed by purple seedheads) EXCEPT the dark green leathery leaves!

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 06-May-15 22:07:25

I have four. Three are in shade and a lush dark green colour. One is in full sun and a paler, slightly sickly looking green/yellow.

I'd originally rescued it from beneath the hedge. As it was rather tropical in appearance I thought it would appreciate the sun so it's spent the last 9 months in the south facing bed grin

It's only now that I'm beginning to understand individual plants' requirements so I've moved it to a shady bed.

It put all its new growth on this year in the sunny bed but the colour indicated it wasn't happy.

Can you move yours elsewhere? It's not always easy to find good structural plants for the shade so they're quite an asset if you like them smile

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 06-May-15 22:11:27

I nearly killed a hydrangea last year by positioning it in the sun shock As a rookie gardener I simply believed sun = good wink It's now in shade and thriving.

wiltingfast Sat 09-May-15 21:43:11

Some photos, looked at it more closely today and even the new leaves in the shade don't look a healthy colour. Soil is quite sticky and heavy, maybe it's not taking up the nutrients it needs? It's a bit big to move it I think.

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