Aspidistra

Aspidistra

Life form Herbaceous
Family Lileaceae
Origin China, the Himalayas, Japan
Ease of cultivation One of the easiest for growing plants.
The size Not very large plant from 30 up to 70 cm.
Growth rate Slowly, 2-3 leaves per year.
Lifespan More than 10 years, one of the most resistant plants.
Temperature In the summer: 69,8 ° F, in winter, optimally 50-59 ° F, but can withstand even a lower temperature.
Humidity Moderate. Carry dry atmosphere, but respond well to spraying once a week.
Lighting Light moderate indirect, endure a dark room, bright lighting scorches.
The soil Suitable shop soil for bulbous plants, well retaining moisture. The soil must be breathable, sand or perlite with peat should be added if it is too dense. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 1 part of the garden land, 1 part coarse-grained sand or perlite and 1 part peat or humus (leaf land). The soil will be suitable on the basis of turf ground. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering The soil must be constantly moist. In summer, watering every 5-7 days, in winter every 10-15 days.
Fertilizer Does not require a lot of additional fertilizing. In summer it is enough once a month to use liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction In April, the division of rhizomes. Each young plant must have at least two leaves.
Bloom Very often, usually in the summer, flowers are  dirty purple.
Features of care It is necessary to cut off old leaves and regularly wipe young ones.
Difficulties Sometimes scale insects, mealybugs and spider mites. Brown spots on the leaves occur with sunburn. Leaves crack with excessive feeding.
Air cleaning It purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene.
Toxicity


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