The Q&A Archives: Pruning Cast Iron Plant

Question: I've got several Cast-Iron plants outdoors and the leaves look pretty bad. Do I need to cut the old leaves off in the spring? Can't find any information on this.

Answer: You can safely remove the older leaves by cutting them off at soil level. Remove just some of the damaged foliage. Later this spring your Aspidistra will produce healthy new leaves. As the season progresses you can continue to remove the oldest foliage a few leaves at a time until all you have left are healthy new leaves. This method will ensure your plants have the ability to convert sunlight into energy for continued growth.

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