Aspidistra Elatior - Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra Elatior - Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra Elatior - Cast Iron Plant
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Aspidistra Elatior - Cast Iron Plant

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This classic plant is from the Asparagaceae family and is native to China, Japan and other parts of South East Asia. Aspidistra are stemless and lanceolate in shape, they can grow up to 4m tall and are very tolerant lower light and some neglect. The genus Aspidistra means 'small-shield', with reference to the stigmatic head. The specific epithet elatior means 'taller'.

This plant is non-toxic.

Pot: 13cm

Height: Approximately 40cm from base of pot plastic pot.

 

Aspidistra elatior native range is S. Japan, it is part of the Asparagaceae family. Aspidistra are stemless with glossy, lanceolate leaves, they can grow up to 4m tall in their natural habitat. 

Genus name comes from the Greek aspis, aspid meaning shield, this is in reference to the shape of the stigma. The specific epithet elatior means taller.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. These plants can survive in low light conditions.

Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite and worm castings. 

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 15-24°C.

Humidity: These plants adapt well to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Aspidistra are non-toxic.