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Cast Iron Plant

English Name

Aspidistra Elatior

Scientific Name

Description

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.

China

Origin

41°F - 64°F

Temperature (°F)

1' - 1'3"

Height (feet/inches)

1'6" - 2'

Spacing (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Water when the compost feels quite dry on the surface. Do not over-water the plant.

Feeding

Feed monthly in Summer. Do not over-feed.

Repotting

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.

Propagation

Divide mature plants from early to mid Spring.

Cultivation

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.

Tips

A common sign of over-watering is the appearance of ugly brown marks on the surface of the leaves.

Care

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.

Humidity

Not necessary. Spray once a week in Summer.

Soil

Loam-based compost for green plants, seed compost or without base fertilizer for variegated.



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