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Questions About Aralia Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
December 1, 2014

Q. Pruning Texas Aralias

I live in Dallas, TX and we have 3 aralias out front. Two of them are about 6 ft. tall and leggy. I would like to prune them back but have been hesitant. This Nov. we have had temps. ranging from 40 -80 degrees. Can I do it now? And do I prune each stem all the way to the ground?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 5, 2014
A.

There are many, many species of aralia around, although most of them are not used outdoors except in tropical areas. One that is native to North America, and is found in Texas, is A. spinosa, Devil's walking stick. http://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/aralia-spinosa/
If this is not the plant you have, please send us a photo so we can identify for you - we need to know what you have before we can advise. Send pictures here: questions@gardeningknowhow.com
If this is the plant you have, it is considered a woody shrub, and you should be able to increase thickness and beauty by cutting all the way back to the soil. This is called rejuvenation pruning. I would recommend doing it gradually over a three year period. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/rejuvenation-pruning-tips.htm

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Asked by
nannaofficer on
July 18, 2015

Q. Japanese Aralia leaves are drooping

My Japanese Aralia leaves are drooping. What is wrong and how do I fix it? I recently bought a Japanese Aralia. I put it in a bigger pot. Now the leaves are drooping.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 20, 2015
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It is likely stressed from being repotted.
Make sure the soil is damp but not soggy. Make sure the new pot had adequate drainage holes in it. Give it some recovery time with proper lighting.
Your plant should recover with some time, they are generally quite easy to grow.
Here is a link to help refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aralia-plants/japanese-aralia-care.htm

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Asked by
Kjb2011 on
January 21, 2017

Q. Ming Aralia and Black Aralia trunk fattening

I have a Ming and a Black Aralia (in their own respective pots) and I’d like the trunks to fatten up…they’re currently pretty slim but quite tall, approximately 4-5 feet tall. What can I do to fatten up the trunks?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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Proper care and growing conditions will result in the older growth becoming woody on your plants.
There is no real way to speed up or increase the trunks of your plants.
Here are some links with more information on care.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aralia-plants/polyscias-fruticosa-ming-aralia.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aralia-plants/aralia-plant-information.htm

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Asked by
Jandhhannon on
May 16, 2017

Q. Ming aralia

Exactly how do I get cuttings from the plant? Where do I cut?

Thank you

Asked by
Anonymous on
September 7, 2017

Q. dead leaves

My Japanese Aralia plant gets full sun 10 – 3pm Zone 9 Kelseyville, Ca. It has been planted in the ground for 15 years. It never looked really full but did flower. Now in the past year the leaves are turning black around the edges and dying off. Today I cut it back. I wonder if I should dig it up and transplant it into a big container to baby it back to health? It is planted in volcanic soil. Help….I don’t want it to die it was my dad’s.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 7, 2017
Certified Expert
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The full sun is likely just too much for this plant.

Though a Japanese Aralia needs the warm temps you should plant in a full or partial shade location.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aralia-plants/japanese-aralia-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 19, 2017

Q. Japanese Aralia

I am trying to figure out why my aralia has drooping leaves. I uprooted one and there is no standing water. I replanted in a compost and sprayed with Microlife Super Seaweed with no positive results. I had 3 plants in a shaded area, having already replaced one and the other two are showing the same problem. Yellow leaves have been removed. Please help me survive the other plants so that I won’t have to replace them.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 19, 2017
Certified Expert
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This sounds like a fungal or bacterial issue. I recommend what I use. This remedy will take care of a number of issues. It is as follows:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

I know it says houseplants, but the care is generally the same in some ways.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 9, 2018

Q. JAPANESE ARALIA

I had a Japanese Aralia planted under a tree that was killed by a lightning strike to the tree. Live in zone 9, do not recall how it handled our winters. How low a temp. will they tolerate? We had 1 of our rare winters last year when we had temps in the high 20s for several hours. Will they return after a freeze if cut back to the ground?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 10, 2018
Certified Expert
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Japanese Aralia are hardy in zones 8-11.

20 to 30 degrees F is the range for temperatures.

A freeze to the ground may or may not also kill the roots. You can add a layer of mulch to help protect the plant.

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