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Aspidistra

Aspidistra

Kwartjesplant, Kloosterplant, Blarenplant of Slagersplant. De Aspidistra kent vele bijnamen, maar wij houden het voor nu vooral gewoon bij Aspidistra. In de natuur komt de Aspidistra vooral voor in de bergen van Japan en Taiwan. Hier groeit de plant voornamelijk als bodembedekker. Opvallend, omdat we de Aspidistra als kamerplant vaak in de hoogte zien groeien. Aspid is de Griekse benaming voor het woord schild. Die bijnaam herken je vast, zodra je eens goed naar de plant kijkt. Een van zijn andere bijnamen, de Slagersplant, heeft de plant te danken aan de plek waar hij vroeger veel voorkwam. In de meeste slagerijen kwam je vroeger ook de Aspidistra tegen. De plant kan namelijk prima tegen minder licht, en ook koudere temperaturen maken hem niets uit. Ook leuk om te weten: In Japan wordt het blad van de Aspidistra gebruikt om voedsel op te dienen.

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Aspidistra

Quarter plant, Monastery plant, Blister plant or Butcher plant. The Aspidistra has many nicknames, but for now we mainly keep it at Aspidistra. In nature, the Aspidistra is mainly found in the mountains of Japan and Taiwan. Here the plant grows mainly as ground cover. Striking, because we often see the Aspidistra as a houseplant growing in height. Aspid is the Greek name for the word shield. That nickname you will recognize as soon as you take a good look at the plant. One of its other nicknames, the Butcher Plant, owes the plant to the place where it used to occur a lot. In most butcher’s shops you used to come across the Aspidistra. The plant can withstand less light, and colder temperatures don’t bother it either. Also nice to know: In Japan, the leaves of the Aspidistra are used to serve food.

Aspidistra

Quarter plant, Monastery plant, Blister plant or Butcher plant. The Aspidistra has many nicknames, but for now we mainly keep it at Aspidistra. In nature, the Aspidistra is mainly found in the mountains of Japan and Taiwan. Here the plant grows mainly as ground cover. Striking, because we often see the Aspidistra as a houseplant growing in height. Aspid is the Greek name for the word shield. That nickname you will recognize as soon as you take a good look at the plant. One of its other nicknames, the Butcher Plant, owes the plant to the place where it used to occur a lot. In most butcher’s shops you used to come across the Aspidistra. The plant can withstand less light, and colder temperatures don’t bother it either. Also nice to know: In Japan, the leaves of the Aspidistra are used to serve food.

Half-shade

Every two weeks

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Half-shade

Every two weeks

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of the Aspidistra?

The right location

The Aspidistra grows naturally among other plants. The best habitat for the Aspidistra is therefore the half shade. Make sure that the Aspidistra does receive sunlight. Only artificial light is not sufficient. The best location for the Aspidistra? Then directly in front of a window facing north. Do you have a window facing west or east? Then two to four meters from the window is also good. If you have south-facing windows, you’ll need a lot of space. The Aspidistra prefers to face south about four to six meters from the window. Too much light will yellow the leaf of the Aspidistra.

Watering the Aspidistra

The Aspidistra is basically a fairly easy houseplant. As far as watering is concerned, the plant makes few demands. It is best to leave the Aspidistra without water for a few days. We therefore recommend watering the plant once every 1.5 to 2 weeks. The Aspidistra doesn’t care about a day’s deviations here and there.

Plant nutrition

The Aspidistra grows so slowly that plant nutrition is certainly not necessary. Although the use of plant nutrition can certainly give the Aspidistra a boost. Plant nutrition is only necessary from spring until the end of summer. For the Aspidistra you can use Universal plant nutrition. As far as the quantity is concerned, it is best to consult the packaging.

Repotting

We recommend repotting the Aspidistra immediately after receipt. The best time to repot a houseplant is in spring. From April onwards, plants have enough energy again to repair any damage caused by repotting. After the first repotting it is only necessary again after two to three years. When repotting, always use a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than its previous one.

Air purifying function

Well, the Aspidistra isn’t really extremely air-purifying. Fortunately, the plant has many other advantages. Although the Aspidistra can of course also convert CO2 into oxygen. You don’t notice any difference. Not even if you were to measure the air quality. Well, you can’t have everything.

Is the Aspidistra poisonous?

Good news for all pets (and children)! The Aspidistra is not poisonous. Although of course we do not recommend to eat the leaf. If this is the case you can contact a doctor to be sure.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Aspidistra is not a plant that quickly suffers from pests or diseases. If the plant does suffer from vermin, the Aspidistra usually suffers from scale insects. We recommend using pesticides in all cases of pests and diseases.

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