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Re: Cast Iron plant

ditto for me too. I've never seen it bloom and I've had to variegata in pots
on my porch for 5-6 years. Although they seem to have gotten some kind of
pest that's sucking the life out of them. I've prayed, scrubbed, etc and
they keep coming back. They look like little white specks, except they're
long and thin, if that makes any sense at all. One of my leaves is just
covered with them. A hard jet of water does NOTHING. It's like they're glued
to the plant.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 4:46 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cast Iron plant

> Hi Jim, NO, I've never seen it bloom.  Oh this is MOST interesting!  This
> plant is over used in landscaping here too for shade.....and considered
> Most "re-dos" call for ripping it all out.  I have and use the Apidistra
> variegata a lot.  There are several varieties of this.  I personally like
> bit of variegation in a shaded area, so this serves two
> evergreen lush foliage in a shaded area, plus the added bonus of the
white.  To
> know that it might actually bloom, and be even more attractive plus scent
> just amazing.  I do so hope mine blooms.  You mentioned you didn't know
> conditions for blooming???  Hm.
> I don't indoor garden much, except for my life long window sill cactus
> collection......but visited a friend recently that has a Corn plant which
> blooming inside his house.  It's a lovely two story with huge windows, so
gets ample
> lighting.  The bloom is quite pretty, and very fragrant also.  I had never
> heard of this plant blooming before either, and was pleasantly surprised.
> or anyone grow this plant, if so....has it bloomed???   My friend's blooms
> yearly now.  He was told that it has to have a min. 5 inch stalk to do so.
> Brazilian Cherry??  Have been busy, so haven't been keeping up with my
> email much at all.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 3/5/2004 8:05:36 PM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> Hi. Has anyone seen the cast iron plant [Aspidistra elator] bloom?
> Smelled the flowers? I've always considered then funeral parlor plants.
> Somber. Dark green, erect spear-like leaves. Put them in pots and
> forget about them--they'll take all sorts of neglect and abuse.
> Down here they are used in landscaping in shady areas. And today I
> discovered three things about them. First they bloom, given the right
> conditions [which I haven't figured out yet]; the flower looks a lot
> like a small crinum lily flower, actually a cluster of small tubular
> flowers.
> Second, the fragrance of the flower is fantastic, quite jasmine-like.
> It is reported to be most fragrant at night, but my source says even
> during the day one can smell them from 8 feet. The dead one he brought
> into the office--it had been riding in his truck most of the day--had
> plenty of fragrance.
> And three, their pollinators are [hope you're ready for this] snails
> and slugs. No wonder they never set seed in funeral parlors.
> Guess I'm going to have to plant one of those. But not tomorrow.
> Tomorrow, I'm going down to ECHO to buy a couple of Brazilian cherries
> to add to the orchard.
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