Apartment plants

False ivy - Fatshedera lizei

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GeneralitŠ°

Fatshedera lizei is an intergeneric hybrid, first cultivated in France in the early 1900s; born from the hybridization of Fatsia japonica X Hedera helix. It is an evergreen creeper, quite vigorous, which reaches 90-100 cm in height, but only if supported on a support, since it does not have the roots of ivy, more often it remains like a small shrub; it has thin, fleshy, semi-woody, little branched stems, which carry large five-lobed leaves, dark green, leathery and shiny, with long flexible petioles; in autumn it produces small greenish flowers.

There are numerous cultivars with variegated or streaked leaves. To contain the growth of the plant and obtain a rounded habit it is necessary to prune the branches that tend to grow erect, topping them throughout the year.


Exposure

Fatshedera lizei plants, also known as false ivy, grow in any condition, from full sun to full shade, preferring semi-shaded positions, with a few hours of direct light per day. They are generally grown as houseplants, although they can withstand temperatures below zero, especially plants already developed. So if you want they can be planted in the ground, where they can be grown as vines, as ground cover or as small shrubs. It is perfect for those who do not like having to take care of plants too much because the false ivy is able to adapt easily to the environment.

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