aspidistra / cast iron plant
- Standard £4.99
- Next / named day £6.99
- Click & collect FREE
- Position: indirect light - one of the most tolerant of shade
- Soil: fertile, good quality potting compost
- Rate of growth: slow
- Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
- Current height: approximately 55cm (including pot)
- Pot covers Choose a 20cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot
Incredibly popular with the Victorians, this is an elegant and tolerant plant that will cope with some neglect - hence to common name of cast iron plant. It can withstand drought (provided temperatures are not too high) and pollution - and only needs repotting occasionally. This makes it a great choice for the novice who wants something that looks nice, but is really easy to look after.
- Home care: In an ideal world, this plant will want a spot that is well away from direct sunlight, with a good amount of water in summer - but much less in winter. Wash the leaves occasionally to keep them free of dust (this can be done by popping it under a cold shower), and try to maintain cool temperatures above 7 - 10°C in winter. Pot on every 4 - 5 years using a good quality potting compost.
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Not always an easy plant to find in garden centres, and this one was a good size for a good price. Arrived looking good, and looks very happy a few months later - it's now putting out 3 new leaves. Very easy care, and was fine in the pot it arrived in til I could repot in spring 9 months later - not rootbound.
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Q:why has my plant gone yellow and some leaved died pleaseAsked on 16/4/2016 by bryan from wimborne
This could be caused by a number of things, and I'm afraid I have not been able to pinpoint it from your description. The most likely causes however are problems with the watering - either too much or too little; or problems with the temperature - cold and draughty or too close to a radiator.Answered on 18/4/2016 by Helen from crocus