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Cast-Iron Plant- Aspidistra Elatior

The name ‘cast iron’ gives you an indication of just how tough this plant is. The Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) has earned its reputation as a hard-to-kill houseplant and creates a lush and tropical feel in your garden or home. This plant can survive lots of neglect and growing conditions that will kill many other plants, such as low light conditions making it ideally suited for growing indoors. Beginners and time-poor gardeners will love growing cast iron plants, as their arching, lance-shaped, deep green, glossy foliage will still look lovely and leafy with minimal maintenance.

Long spear-shaped leafy plant in a nursery pot.

 

General Care

Sunlight

Indirect sunlight, shaded area.

Water

Drought tolerant, however, they like regular watering once a week.

Humidity

Suitable for all climatic zones. Moderate humidity. Avoid frost.

Soil

Well-drained/sandy potting mix soil.

Aspidistra Elatior leaves.

Common Problems

Cast-iron plants are susceptible to several common houseplant pests and diseases such as spider mites, scale and fungus gnats, and root rot from overwatering. Rinsing the foliage can help to dislodge the pests and control a minor infestation.

Symptom

Yellowing Leaves

Cause

Overwatering/ too low humidity

Symptom

Browning Tips

Cause

Under-watering, too high humidity or located in direct light. Check the plant for spider mites.

Precautions

Cast Iron plants are considered safe plants for both pets and humans as they are non-toxic.