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Aspidistra

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The Aspidistra: irrigations

Aspidistra is a very rustic plant, which survives even in adverse conditions. In nature it grows in the fresh and humid forests of China, where it can count on a regular supply of humidity. Despite the fact that the plant can survive without problems even in an extremely dry environment, it is advisable to water it regularly, from April to September, especially if you decide to move it outdoors, for example on a terrace or in the garden. In any case, it is advisable to avoid leaving the soil wet for a long time, therefore before watering it is advisable to check the soil humidity: when it is dry, water it abundantly. In the cold months, the watering must be drastically reduced, slightly wetting the soil about once a week, or less. If you decide to grow Aspidistra outdoors in winter it is advisable to avoid watering.


Cultivate the Aspidistra

This plant is also called lead plant, because it has a high resistance to adverse conditions. In general it is grown in the apartment, as it fears temperatures below 10 ° C; for short periods of time it can also withstand temperatures close to 5 ° C, which is why in general, in areas with mild winters, it can be seen in the middle of winter cultivated in pots on the terrace, or even inside a poorly sized stairwell warmed up. In the cold months, during which the days are short, the plant tends to prefer a fairly cool climate, so it is better to keep it in a room that is not excessively hot. The Aspidistra is a rhizomatous plant, which produces long stemless leaves; in the apartment the foliage tends to accumulate the dust and dirt present in the air. To always have a nice pint it is advisable to remove the damaged leaves, cutting them at the base, near the ground. The other leaves should be periodically cleaned, using a damp cloth.

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