Aspidistra

These Palms, although not hardy, are strong and vigorous growers, and will thrive under any normal conditions in the cool greenhouse. They may also be grown in a fairly shady position in the house rooms. Providing the weather is mild they may be stood in the open garden during the summer if they have previously been grown in the greenhouse.

They thrive best in a compost of sandy loam and leaf-soil, and prefer a warm, moist position. They appreciate a good syringing over the leaves morning and afternoon.

When Aspidistras are grown in the house rooms, they should be watered only when they are getting dry, and instead of syringing, the leaves should be sponged twice a week to keep them glossy. Should the tips begin to turn yellow, they should be watered more carefully, as this is a sign, that either too much water is given, or too little, or that the watering is irregular. These also like a warm shady position, but they should not be placed too near a fire or gas heater. When new growths appear, it is advisable to give the plants a weak dose of liquid manure.

Aspidistras are best divided in the spring, when new growth is commencing. The plants should be tipped out of their pots, and the root stocks divided. All the old soil should be shaken off the roots, and when they are repotted a fresh compost should be used.

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