Aspidistra is one of the most common household plants that adorn the drawing rooms or bedrooms of individual's houses. One common variety is the cast iron plant.They are the most common of window plants that individuals keep in their houses. Aspidistra lurida and a yellow variety of the same plant are the most common kind that is usually grown by individuals.
Aspidistra is found mainly in the East Asian forests. Here the plant grows like a vigorous foliage plant on the floors of the forest. This plant has also been named as the cast iron plant. This name has been given because of the ability of the plant to survive under any conditions. It does not require any specific soil, moisture or temperature for its growth and survival. This plant has large leaves when they grow in their natural surroundings and also produce flowers. However when grown in the houses, the plant does not produce any flowers. The leaves that end in a point can grow up to a length of about twenty inches. The leaves of the plant are oblong in shape.
An individual requires compost for the cultivation of this plant. The compost must be made from two parts of loam to one part of leafy mould and sand. This will help the plants to grow perfectly within the home environment. The individual must take care to water the plants adequately during the summer season. From October to March however, little amount of water will be required. The plant can thrive under any condition and this ability to survive in any condition makes them such a popular household plant. The plant can thrive for many years without repotting them. Until the plant requires a larger area for its roots, the individual can keep the plant in the same pot. If green leaves appear on the plant, they should immediately be cut by the individual.
It is very important for individuals to clean the plant periodically. Many individuals overlook this important task of cleaning the plants. If the individual does not find the time for spraying on the plant he should at least sponge the plant after a fortnight to keep the plant clean and to ensure the health of the plant. If an individual does not clean the plant well, red spider mites can cause harm to the plant and the plant may die prematurely. To prevent this, lots of water should be given to the plant and spraying or sponging must be done often.
Individuals who are interested in propagating the Aspidistra should break up a plant into one or more parts. The individual must be aware of the fact that the roots and the crown of the plant should be kept intact so that it can help in the growth of new plants.
The growth of the plant, Aspidistra is slow but an individual can be assured that the plant will live for a long time as compared to the other plants. This makes the plant immensely popular among individuals as a household plant.
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