Looking at the photos of aspidistra, you will never guess that you are looking at a unique plant. The English gave him the name "reinforced concrete" for the fact that in a shade and unpretentiousness the indoor flower of an aspidistra is not inferior to all known sansevieria or "pike tail", as it is also called. The aspidistra plant was grown in houses since the time of Queen Victoria, then it was thoroughly forgotten and now the aspidistra has returned, which can only be rejoice.

Aspidistra: types and varieties

In the world there are only four, and according to other sources - eight kinds of apis. Of these, the only species is cultivated: the aspidistra is high. She has dark green, broadly lanceolate leaves with protruding ribs, growing on short petioles as if straight out of the ground (in fact - from the underground rootstock). Aspidistra grows slowly, but caring for it, abundant watering and regular feeding, will turn these few modest leaves into a lush bush almost meter high.

Occasionally the aspidistra blossoms, but its flowering, alas, is short-lived. As soon as you have time to make a photo of the aspidistra bloom, as it has already stopped - its red cup-shaped flower opens only for one day.

There is a variegated variety with cream stripes. This aspidistra even in the photo looks very impressive, but it is difficult to find in flower shops and she is much more whimsical than her dark green sister.

Aspidistra: home care

These plants tolerate poor care, dry and polluted air, longer periods between watering and no fertilizing. The only thing they can't handle direct burning sunlight.

Another aspidistra does not like transplantation, so transplant her every five years in the spring. When transplanting, bushes can be divided. The soil suits any, including the usual garden land.

Watering - abundant in the warm season (no overflow), in winter, however, the earth's clod should dry out from time to time. Leaves do not need spraying, which is an additional advantage of this already unpretentious plant. A beginner or a very busy lover of indoor plants can boldly plant this indoor flower in his home.

Aspidistra in bouquets

The "second birth" of aspidistra is not least due to the fact that the florists have guessed to use its bright and shiny leaves for arrangement of bouquets. Sheet aspidistra in a bouquet can be trimmed, twisted, bent and fastened with an ordinary stapler.

The plant was so indispensable for floristry that its leaves were even artificially imitated by producing a decorative aspidistra-tape made of polypropylene, which you can now buy at any flower shop.