Does your cast-iron plant look ratty? I have several large clumps of Aspidistra elatior in my shady garden, and their frayed and browned leaf tips were really bugging me.
So yesterday I pulled on my gloves, got out my hand pruners, and went to work on them. Completely browned leaves easily pull out with a gentle tug. Partially browned or ugly frayed leaves just need to be snipped at the base (or as far down as you can reach) and then pulled out. Look what a difference 10 minutes of pruning makes!
Over the years I have had a number of clients tell me not to put Aspidistra in their shady gardens because it can look ragged after a while. But all it takes is a simple pruning for cast-iron plant to be lush and beautiful again.
If you have a shady, dry garden (zones 7-10), and especially if deer are present, you don’t want to be without this tried-and-true performer, which will green up your garden year-round.
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