Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
This easy-care houseplant has long, wide, strappy leaves that arise in clumps directly from the soil. As the name suggests, the cast iron plant is a fantastic plant if you want something that you can almost forget about. Tolerant of lower light conditions and minimal watering,. aspidistra is slow growing, but will form a large, thick clump over time. Established plants can be divided into smaller sections by cutting through the roots to create new plants. Aspidistra are readily available in several variegated forms and a flecked spotted cultivar too. Although grown for the showy foliage it is common for these plants to flower, however few people ever see them. This is because they are tucked in between the leaves very low down at soil level hiding out of sight.
Aspect Aspidistra will be happy in most areas of the house. If in a lower light position, consider changing plants over from time to time with a second plant grown in an area with higher light levels. Alternatively, rotate plants every six with others tolerant of low light conditions including ZZ plant, devil’s ivy or Chinese money plant.
Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.
Potting: Aspidistra plants growth bursts each year during the warmer months. You can expect these plants to live very happily for many years. They will grow to a very large size over time, if they are given appropriate nutrition and potted up into larger containers