Cast Iron Plant Care
A Beginner's Guide to Cast Iron Plant Care | All you Need to Grow!
Common Name: Cast Iron Plant, Bar-Room Plant
Botanical name: Aspidistra elatior
The houseplant of the century, Cast Iron Plant, has a whimsical charm and a rightful place in your home if you love easy-care plants! This tough-as-nails indoor plant thrives on neglect, but there are a few things you should know about when caring for one!
Learn how to care for and grow Aspidistra elatior:
Cast Iron Plants are very adaptable in terms of light. These plants can handle low, medium, or bright indirect light. This makes sense given the plant’s tropical origins where it can be found growing underneath the dense jungle canopy. That being said, these indoor plants will grow faster when they receive over 6 hours of indirect sunlight a day.
Direct sunlight can burn the delicate leaves, so it should be avoided.
Let the soil slightly dry out between watering. When it is time to water, saturate the soil until the water drains through the grow pot. Drooping or curling leaves are an indication the plant is too dry and needs more water. In general, these plants prefer to be on the dry side so refrain from watering if the soil appears to be moist. If the plant is receiving lots of indirect light and the temperature is warm for long periods of time, the soil will dry out faster requiring more frequent watering! Younger plants whose roots are not fully developed will need more water, but be careful not to over-do it! Moist, not soggy!
Average room temperature will suffice for Cast Iron Plants. As a tropical plant, anything between 65 - 85 °F is ideal. They can withstand lower temperatures, but their growth rate will slow down if kept under 50 °F. They should never be left outside in freezing temperatures!
Aspidistra are not as humidity sensitive as some other leafy house plants, but they will appreciate slightly higher humidity levels if you can supply it!
Fertilize your Cast Iron Plant during the growing season to promote new growth. Use a diluted complete liquid fertilizer or seaweed or fish emulsion. When repotting, the soil can be amended with worm castings to provide increased nutrition. Give it a time to rest during the colder months and do not fertilize when the plant is dormant.
Cast Iron Plant is a relatively slow growing plant, and in the right conditions and cared for properly, it can reach 2’ in height when kept indoors!
Pet Friend or Foe
These indoor plants are Non-Toxic to pets! Friend
- Finding the right balance of soil dampness can sometimes be hard for first-time Cast Iron Plant owners. Placing the plant in an area with increased indirect light can help the soil dry out and regulate the soil dampness helping avoid root rot!
- These hardy houseplants can be propagated through division. When it’s time to repot, separate the plants and repot into separate containers. Repot these plants only when they start to become root-bound! (Please note that some plants are patented and propagation is prohibited! Check the patent status of all houseplants before you propagate.)
- Routinely wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris. Cleaning the leaves helps the plant more efficiently conduct photosynthesis and keeps it looking amazing.