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Cast Iron Plant ( Aspidistra ) / Size 1
Aspidistra / Cast iron Plant

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Our Price: $8.95

Product Code: ASPCAP1

Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant

Overall Description

This plant basically "earned" the name Cast Iron Plant due to it's virtually indestructible nature. Native to both China and Japan, Aspidistra elatior is seemingly un-phased by less than desirable soil conditions, wide ranges of moisture, and love for low light conditions. Will grow to form a nice thick groundcover of lanceolate foliage that is very dark green......reaching an eventual height of up to 2 1/2 feet. Each individual leaf is almost blade shaped, up to 4" - 5" wide at the widest point.

Very small insignificant pale purple flowers form close to the soil level in early spring, but nothing to write home about......and only occurs if planted outdoors ( Cast Iron Plant is also used as an indoor house plant ) in optimum conditions & location. As mentioned, we have seen Aspidistra used for everything from a great, dense groundcover or border along extremely shady areas, to indoor house plant, even in terrariums!!

We specifically grow ours outdoors, and with the intention of them being used for outdoor landscape applications - either as groundcover, nice borders around the base of larger trees, along walkways, or even for outdoor patio container gardening. However you choose to utilize this plant, you'll love the fact that it is pretty much completely maintenance free - no trimming, no pruning, it's so thick at maturity there's not even a weeding problem, lol. Awesome, and unique ground cover that's perfect for shady spots.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 20" - 30"

--Mature Width : 20" - 30"

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7 - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Partial shade to full shade - leaves will tend to scorch in full sun locations.

--Soil Preference :
Average with good peat content is preferred - well drained. But will adapt to an amazingly wide range of soil types.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - heavy textured, thick lanceolate blade shaped foliage is extremely dark green on color all season

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - small inconspicuous light purple / lavender flowers appear in early spring on the lower portions of this plant closer to the soil level. But trust me.......nothing to write home about, or anxiously wait on, lol. This plant is definitely grown for it's wonderfully thick foliage, and easy, no maintenance characteristics.

--Diseases / Insects :
None to mention. Occasionally check for mites or scale.

--Recommended Spacing :
12" - 14" apart recommended for most typical groundcoverings

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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