How to propagate: Aspidistra (Cast iron plant)

The Aspidistra is an easy indoor plant. Little maintenance, but you get a lot in return. The plant can withstand the cold very well, which is a special characteristic for an indoor plant. Propagating an Aspidistra is not difficult, but growth can take some time.


  • Aspidistra
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Old towel
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil

Propagating an Aspidistra in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Dig out the plant

Lay down the old towel first.

Then remove the plant from its pot. Put the plant on a towel, so you can reduce the mess. Shake the plant so that the old potting soil comes loose.

Step 3: Prepare the cuttings

Think about how many cuttings you would like to have first.

Then carefully tear the plant apart in the requested amout. It is important that cuttings have their own roots.

Isn’t tearing that easy? Then take the knife and cut the root ball apart.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

When you've got your cuttings you can repot them in a decorative pot. Make sure you use fresh potting soil. Fresh potting soil contains nutrients that the cuttings need to become stronger.

Place the cuttings in a spot with indirect sunlight, and keep the soil slightly moist.

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