Aspidistra Elatior

Aspidistra Elatior

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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 tolerate lower 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 elatior are non-toxic.