Fatsia Care Guide

Fatsia, also called Japanese aralia, or Fatsia japonica, is native to the southern islands of Japan and Taiwan. This plant produces has a shrub like growth habit, and in addition to being a popular houseplant, it is often seen used outdoors in landscaping. The beauty of the Fatsia plant makes it a sought after, and well-loved, plant. Long, glossy green leaves make a statement in any room. Fatsia is a low maintenance plant, that can be grown indoors or outdoors.


Fatsia will thrive in medium to bright indirect light. Avoid lighting extremes, such as direct sun and dark corners. Direct sunlight can burn these plants, causing this plants vibrant coloration and patterning to fade.

Water and Soil

Fatsia like to be kept evenly moist. These plants do not like their soil to dry out, and like most all plants, are susceptible to root rot if their soil remains too wet or soggy. This plant should be watered once the top layer of the soil becomes dry. Amending a standard well-draining potting soil with peat moss or coco coir will help to keep your plants roots evenly moist, while the addition of perlite will ensure that proper drainage and root aeration are provided.

Temperature and Humidity

Fatsia prefers room temperatures between 65 degrees F and 80 degrees F. plant does fine with standard household humidity but will benefit from higher humidity provided by a humidifier or pebble tray.