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With the popular ground cover thick man, also commercially available under the name Ysander or Pachysandra terminalis, you can green shady corners in the garden. The ornamental shrub is easy to propagate yourself. This is how the propagation is guaranteed.

Fat man reliably multiplies itself

Fat man forms many subterranean offshoots

Fat man or Ysander is such a popular groundcover because you don't really have to worry about propagation.

Once the plant is properly established, it will form underground shoots that will give rise to offshoots.

You should remove the runners on the edges regularly so that the garden does not become overgrown in a very short time.

How to multiply Ysander

Spring and autumn are the best times for breeding fat males.

Simply dig up some of the existing plants and use a spade to split the root ball in two. It is important that enough eyes remain on both parts.

Propagation is even easier if you simply cut off a few runners and replant them in the desired place.

This is how you plant offshoots of the fat man

  • cut off runners
  • Slightly trim sections and spurs
  • plant in loose, slightly nutritious soil
  • water well
  • Water regularly until growth

You should shorten the offshoots or sections before planting. Cut off roots that are too long and remove any other offshoots that may already be present.

Plant the new Ysander in well-drained garden soil that you have previously improved with some ripe compost or horn shavings.

Be careful not to plant the seedlings too deep in the ground.

The freshly propagated plants need some care

While ingrown fat men can get by in the garden almost completely without care, you have to take care of the offshoots a little more at first.

This includes watering them regularly until the fat man can take care of himself through the roots.

Waterlogging must be avoided at all costs, as the plants can then rot or fungal diseases can spread.


Pachysandra terminalis is one of the few plants that only really thrives in the shade. In the sun, the leaves turn yellowish and the plants don't grow so dense. The soil must be well drained to prevent waterlogging.

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