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Keep my aspidistra flying

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Aridane Sun 22-Sep-19 18:57:40

The new leaves of my aspidistra are unfurling and are thin, papery dry and yellow.

What is wrong with it?

I think it could be under watering as when I lifted the pot it was super dry and light.

It is in the hallway where there is some light (not much).

It's about a year old

NanTheWiser Sun 22-Sep-19 20:34:44

I would unpot it and check the roots, I have a large variegated one in my porch which doesn't get watered very often, they are really tough plants, but checking the roots would be the first thing to do, I think.

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:16:51

These are the roots

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:17:57

Do they look normal enough to you?

PS soil is damp as have just given a soak to the dry dust in which it is potted!

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:18:58

And here is the new sad papery leaf that’s come through

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:20:09

And compared with the usual dark glossy ‘old’ leaves

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:21:20

And another new(ish) leaf that is part green, part yellow

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 09:21:52

NanTheWiser Mon 23-Sep-19 11:36:10

The roots look fine, no idea really about the papery leaves I'm afraid. It looks a little like red spider mite damage, but that would have been apparent on the other leaves too, not just the new ones.

Maybe a repot with fresh compost and a bit of TLC might help, sorry I don't have the answer!

Aridane Mon 23-Sep-19 12:03:54

Thank you - will try repotting or a bit of fertiliser .

I had googled before posting and wondered if it might be chlorosis and compost is just exhausted

DustyDoorframes Fri 27-Sep-19 16:07:58

If it was super dry I'd say it's just that it needed a good water! You could also move it to somewhere a little brighter for a month or so to perk it up, then put it back?

Aridane Mon 30-Sep-19 19:07:29

Would you cut off the unhapppy leaves?

Aridane Mon 30-Sep-19 19:07:52

(which would be visually more attractive - shallow thing that I am)

NanTheWiser Mon 30-Sep-19 22:21:19

Probably would be OK, although I don't know how many it's got! As long as you have a few healthy leaves, I don't think it would be a problem.

Aridane Mon 07-Oct-19 13:37:33

Aspidistra has had the snip and looks much better!

VirginiaCreeper Mon 07-Oct-19 13:40:18

I came on here expecting lots of George Orwell puns.
<slips out>

Drabarni Mon 07-Oct-19 13:44:36

I want one of these, have always wanted one.
We live in an Edwardian semi with a very dark hall, it hardly ever gets light.
Would it be ok? Is there a particular type I should look for.
I'd love to try for "The biggest aspidistra in the land". grin

Aridane Mon 07-Oct-19 14:00:56

They are perfect for dark Edwardian hallways and were very popular in Victorian times for that reason.

They grow slowly and so the larger specimens may be quite expensive.

Drabarni Mon 07-Oct-19 14:42:21

Aw, thank you Aridane

Sorry for derailing, I'm currently checking our garden Centre. thanks

Aridane Mon 07-Oct-19 15:04:35

No derail - aftyl, it’s a thread about adpidistras!

ListeningQuietly Mon 07-Oct-19 15:10:57

Mine is still outside in the garden - where it has been all summer under a tree
It will come in for winter and get more neglect
but it does not like overly dry air

the flowers are pollinated by slugs by the way

NanTheWiser Mon 07-Oct-19 20:46:18

Yes, they are quite expensive to buy (if you can find one - my variegated one came from a friend over 30 years ago).
Ideal for shaded areas that get little light, and as ListeningQuietly says, the flowers are pollinated by slugs and beetles. They are often missed, as they appear at soil level, and look like purplish "earth stars".

Drabarni Mon 07-Oct-19 21:17:36

Eh? Do you mean they bring slugs inside with them.
I don't know anything about them but have always wanted one as grew up hearing old ladies talk about them, in the 70's.

I've also inherited a huge plant that is too big to keep. it's inside and i don't know what it is. No flowers, just waxy leaves, on a stem.
The roots are huge and brown, and I'm sure it's going to sing feed me.

NanTheWiser Tue 08-Oct-19 11:14:24

@Drabarni, no, hopefully they don't bring their own slugs! But if outdoors, that is probably how they are pollinated, as the flowers are at soil level.

If you post a pic of your huge plant, we might be able to ID it for you.

Drabarni Tue 08-Oct-19 16:05:43

Sorry, I had visions of slugs crawling about inside.

I can't do pictures and link, must ask a child to help me grin
It's more of a bush than a plant, we found it in a greenhouse at my ds1 new house when they moved in.
Looks quite old as the roots are massive.
The leaves are dark green and waxy sort of small shape, then another and another and so on, all in like a line. They are very waxy.

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