Aspidistra elatior

aspidistra or cast iron plant

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13cm pot - 30cm tall £29.99 £25.49
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Buy Aspidistra elatior aspidistra or cast iron plant: One of the toughest houseplants

  • Position: indirect light - one of the most tolerant of shade
  • Soil: good potting compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 30cm (+ or - 10% including the pot)
  • Pot cover: choose a 14cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot (for ceramic pot covers 16cm is the better fit)

    Incredibly popular with the Victorians, this aspidistra is an elegant and tolerant plant that will cope with some neglect - hence the 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.

    Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a simple nursery pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.

  • 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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Notes on Aspidistra elatior

"I like this house plant as it is easy to look after and can take some neglect as often happens with today's modern lifestyle"

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I have a very old aspidistra.the ends of the leaves go brown for 2 or 3 inches. Should I feed the plant or increase the watering? Or is it simply getting too old.? Many thanks


This can be caused by a number of things, but the main culprits are... 1. too much or too little water - try to water deeply, making sure the excess water drains away freely, and then repeat the process when the top couple of inches of the compost feels dry to the touch. 2. too much fertiliser - make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions carefully and 3. low temperatures - mist the foliage with water a couple of times a week and avoid placing the plant near a radiator.


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