Aspidistra elatior

Common names:  Cast-iron plant, Barbershop plant

Light needs:  Tolerates low light, even dim corners.

Best temperatures:  Average room temperatures.  Can tolerate frost.

Water and humidity needs:  Keep the soil evenly moist.

Growing guidelines:  Repot every 5 years in all-purpose soil mix.  Fertilize once in the spring.

Common problems:  Spider mites may occasionally attack the foliage.

Propagation:  Divide the roots in early spring.

Comments:  These plants are called cast-iron plants because they are very difficult to kill.  They are very hardy and thrive on neglect.  However, they grow very slowly.

Currently in Greenhouse:  Yes


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