Even in the nursery there are fashions, plants that in certain periods are found in every dimension and color, for some reason they are soon forgotten or neglected for other plants, more exotic or easier to grow or perhaps more widespread in the backgrounds of movies on TV. The motivation for which a plant is successful or not actually often escapes nursery owners, who are forced to stock up on their customers' favorite plants, occasionally trying to suggest some alternative, not always successfully. Then there is a whole family of plants, which up until twenty years ago were widespread, which have been forgotten, put aside, and now remain in the grandmother's living room.
These are generally plants that at the time were very successful for their "exotic" appearance or for their ease of cultivation, now hybrids richer in flowers and plants from all over the world have supplanted their successes and are hardly chosen for a gift or as a home decor. Too bad, because some of these plants were chosen by our grandmothers simply because they are beautiful and do not require great care, so even those who do not really have a green thumb could use them to create a corner of nature at home. Perhaps their appearance, compared to fashion plants now, is no longer so exotic, but I assure you that they are very suitable plants to live in an apartment, without needing strange fertilizers, or special soils, a simple vase, universal soil and some little care.
Among the forgotten plants the place of honor surely goes to leaf asparagus, which is now used only as cut foliage, for florists. They are relatives of the Asparagus officinale, the asparagus of which the sprouts are consumed as vegetables, and in fact they are very similar to the plant of this species. There are many species of asparagus from leaf, generally they are small evergreen seedlings, with a bushy and often hanging habit, which produce thin twining stems that bring innumerable small linear leaves, small and thin, of a bright green color. Flowering is tiny, in female plants it is followed by small orange or yellow berries containing seeds.
Asparagus lives well in an apartment, in a cool and not excessively bright place, if they receive too much light the leaves tend to yellow quickly; need regular watering, from March to September, little water in winter; they withstand blows of air, drought and positioning in a shady place.
These are plants that easily recover after a period of great neglect, quickly producing new shoots.
Even the clivia is one of the now forgotten plants, despite its beautiful trumpet flowers, orange in color, which bloom in late winter or early spring. It is a bulbous, which produces a large root system; it is cultivated in not excessively large containers, because otherwise it would tend to produce many leaves and few flowers; it needs watering from the end of winter to the beginning of autumn, for the remaining months we let it enter in vegetative rest and we suspend the watering. The long leathery leaves, bright green, are still a beautiful decoration, even when the plant is not in bloom.
The aspidistra is one of the oldest disused apartment plants; it produces large tufts of long, linear, arched, dark green leaves. It is an indestructible plant, because although it grows at its best in a beautiful pot with universal soil, and regular watering, even if forgotten it can survive for weeks without treatment, also tolerating drought without problems.
Beautiful plant, often with variegated foliage; it produces a thick rosette of elongated and arched leaves, from which stems that carry new rosettes branch out, which, if they find soil, root giving rise to a new plant. It flowers in summer, with small star-shaped flowers on long arched stems. It is a plant that needs not excessively large containers and a fairly bright spot; let's water sporadically, the plant can easily withstand periods of prolonged drought.