Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant) / Aspidistra
It belongs to the lily family. Fatherland - Japan.
General description : The only indoor-grown species is Aspidistra elatior (Aspidistra high). She has large (up to 50 cm) ribbed glossy leaves on long cuttings with bases rolled into a tube, green or multi-colored, with cream stripes. Leaf shape is wide oval. It blooms with small purple flowers.
Enough unpretentious, motley look less durable, requires more light.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Aspidistra:
Illumination : Light-loving, in a warm time of the year they prefer diffused light, in the winter direct sun rays are useful, it is better to keep closer to the south windows.
Irrigation mode : Abundant in the growth period, moderate in winter or outlandish if the plant is kept cool. It tolerates drying rather than overflowing.
Humidity : In the summer needs regular spraying and washing the leaves. In winter, aspidistru should be removed from the central heating. If it is warm in the upper room, spray it, if it is cool, it is not necessary.
Temperature : In the summer, the temperature should be moderate, in the winter cool.
Soil : Recommended soil mix: 2 elements of sod land, 1 share of humus, 1 share of leafy land, 1 share of peat and 1 share of sand.
In the period of growth needs regular fertilizing with liquid complex fertilizers 1 time in two weeks.
Breeding : Mainly by crushing the bush during transplantation, in spring.
Transplant : Transplanted in the spring, only to the measure of necessity, at what time the pot is made tight (the roots begin to grow through the drainage holes). The transplant is bad, so you need to be scrupulous, sharing the roots, and later transplanting to keep the plant warm for some time.
Pests : Rarely affected.
Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant) - Aspidistra