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Jun 30, 2017 3:50 AM CST
Berlin , Germany
Hey all!

I have this plant for many years now. Can you help me identify it?
I never fertilize it before. Recently I gave it a mix of egg shells, banana peels and coffee grinds
I think it's pretty happy tho it occasionally have one or two leafs yellowing (as you can see) but it also grow new ones sometime.
Can you tell me why this happens and how to take better care of it?

Thank you!

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Jul 1, 2017 4:35 PM CST
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It looks fine. Compare to "cast iron" plant, Aspidistra.
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Jul 2, 2017 10:46 AM CST
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It is quite normal for plants to lose some older leaves as they age. As long as you are getting as many new ones as you are losing old ones, it is not usually a problem. Excessive yellowing can be caused by inadequate light or improper watering. Lack of nutrients is rarely a problem for indoor plants, although it can be if the soil pH is too high or too low. Typically, that occurs only where the local tap water is very hard.

Adding food substances to the soil is not generally a good idea for indoor plants. These items do not break down very well into compost because indoors they lack the temperature changes and soil bacteria needed for good composting. Indoors, those items tend to rot and attract unwanted pests. Save your food items for your outdoor compost.
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Jul 3, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Berlin , Germany
Thank you purpleinopp! Thank you again WillC for your informative answers, it's really good to know!
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