Aspidistra Elatior is an easy house-plant to grow. It has pointed leaves that are dark green and lustrous. Aspidistra Variegata is an interesting plant with green and white striping on the leaves. A small purple flower appears occasionally at soil level, lasting only a day or two.
Water when the compost feels quite dry on the surface. Do not over-water the plant.
Feed monthly in Summer. Do not over-feed.
Re-pot only when the plant is quite full of roots and leaves, every 3-4 years using loam-based compost. Plants perform best when pot-bound.
Divide mature plants from early to mid Spring.
Keep Aspidistras in light shade, reasonable warmth and out of draught. The variegated form needs bright light to maintain leaf colour contrast, avoiding direct sunlight.
A common sign of over-watering is the appearance of ugly brown marks on the surface of the leaves.
Snip off brown leaf tips with a pair of scissors. Watch out for mealy bugs and red spider mite. Wipe leaves with soft damp cloth when dusty. Do not use leaf-shine.
Not necessary. Spray once a week in Summer.
Loam-based compost for green plants, seed compost or without base fertilizer for variegated.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.