How to look after Aspidistra

What to look for across the season


Although Aspidistra shade tolerant, all plants need some natural light, so a windowless room is a no-no.

Your plant may grow more in Summer, and then slow down in winter as it goes dormant while it's cold.


In winter, move Aspidistra away from radiators as this can dry the leaves.

Similarly, cold draughts can also cause stress to Aspidistra, so it's a good idea to place it in a spot where it gets consistent amounts of light and warmth.

What The Plant Needs


Aspidistra can tolerate lower light, but they still need some natural light.


Check the top inch or two of soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water!

If it's still a little damp, leave it a few more days. Give the soil a good soak, ideally from underneath the pot.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as it might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Aspidistra are from humid environments, so in addition to their regular watering regime to stop their leaves drying out they will benefit from being misted with water.

Another way to increase the humidity (for those of us who are more forgetful), is to place the plant on top of a tray of moist pebbles.


Aspidistra will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every other watering in Spring, Summer and Autumn when the plant is in growth.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed!

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your plants.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.