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Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant


Light

Low to medium light, does not take direct sun
Soil

Well drained
Water

Let potting mix dry slightly between waterings
Habit

2 feet (61 cm) tall, to 3+ feet (1 m) wide
Flowers

No
Possible Problems

Very hardy, but may attract scale, spider mite


Comments:

One of the hardiest houseplants, it is one of the best for low light areas, and it is forgiving if not watered regularly. Can tolerate a windowless room, but does better with some light. Likes cool temperatures but can tolerate hot weather. Also tolerant of light freezes making it a good patio choice in temperate climates. Can take unusually low humidity without typical leaf-tip browning. Does not mind being rootbound. Comes with green or green-white striped large, leathery leaves. Too much fertilizer will cause variegated leaves to lose their white markings, so feed lightly only every 2 or 3 months. This plant is not a heavy feeder.


 






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