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Cast Iron plant, Aspidistra elatior

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Common Name: Cast Iron plant

Type: evergreen shrub

Family:  Asparagaceae

Zone: 7 to 10

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width: 2 to 3 foot

Bloom Time: spring

Bloom Color: purple (insignificant)

Sun exposure: shade

Soil: poor or fertile, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Deer resistant: yes

Plants do not come tougher than this one. This plant can live inside or outside. It can live in places where everything else has failed. It needs little water and little sunlight. I split up a big bed of these and planted about 40 in my shady yard amongst pine trees in some areas and some under the heavy shade of oak trees. They have survived temperatures of 5 degrees F. 


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2017-01-12T16:04:39+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
awesome answer
Posted 2017-01-13T00:32:46+0000  by Dave_HD_OC
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