Aspidistra elatior

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  1. Nik

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    Does anyone have any tips on how to take good care of this ‘Victorian’ house plant? I’ve had it for more than an year and a half, and it has not grown one bit. It flowered this spring, but that was it.. I would appreciate any suggestions.
    Now I have placed it in our screened porch, I want to see if it is going to make a difference.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @Nik, Oh the Cast Iron plant. Lol. This is so slow growing it's ridiculous. Had one back in the 70's, did very well in a moist atmosphere from what I remember, kept it in the bathroom and it loved it there. Kept watering to a minimum, just enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Gave ours to a friend when we moved house, not sure how it got on as we lost contact from moving.

    I don't think your porch will be the ideal place tbh Ni , too dry an atmosphere !!! Bath or shower rooms are ideal.
     
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    Hi D, you are correct!!! It certainly likes the humidity outside. There are finally some new leaves emerging, 6 that I can see. It is 85% humidity right now outside. And AC and dehumidifier running in the house.. I will follow your advice and place it in a bathroom in late fall, one of ours has a skylight which should be plenty of light for this plant. I really do enjoy ‘old fashioned’ plants.
    I used to have Calanthe vestita long time ago and I would love to find it again. Seems that there are no good sources for it. This one was a favorite ’Victorian’ orchid.
     
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    Here is a photo, I forgot to post it ..
     

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    @Nik, it's looking good now N. It's funny you say about old fashioned plants. Theses days more plants go in and out of fashion than I've ever seen before. I do wonder if it's the TV gardening programs and how they promote new varieties or the garden centre entrances pushing something new onto us all.
    Do update the thread on your Aspidistra elatior. It will be interesting to see its progress.
     
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    Just an update.. seems to be enjoying the hot and humid summer outside.
     

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    @Nik, brilliant update N. I do love a success story!!!
     

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