Aspidistra (large)


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Also known as the cast iron plant, this aspidistra elatior is as unkillable as they come. They are very, very tolerant of shade and can grow to around one metre tall. They were hugely popular with the Victorians, and George Orwell used it as a symbol of middle class stuffiness in 'keep the aspidistra flying'... but we reckon these dependable, attractive and easy going beauties are more than worthy of a comeback. This will become one of the easiest plants you own. 

A great option if you're starting to get into house plants, or would love to gift something that is easy care. Scroll down to see all of our pots that fit this plant beautifully. 

Light: All plants need some light, but aspidistras can almost grow in the dark, making it an excellent choice for those hard to fill areas in deep shade. Any position is fine for this plant, except lots of direct sunlight. 

Water: They are very tolerant of irregular watering, but if you notice his top two inches of soil are dry, it's time to give him a drink.

Humidity: Mist it whenever, he'll be grand with or without. 

Height and growth rate: Ultimate height is around one metre

Feed: This is not a fussy plant, but if you want it to thrive and have a growth spurt, they do like a feed every three weeks or so in spring and summer.

Toxicity: Non toxic. 

Origin: Japan.

Care tip: A real no fuss plant, but they do like their leaves being wiped every few weeks to keep them dust free.