Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cast Iron Plant Care

Common Name: Cast Iron Plant
Scientific Name: Aspidistra elatior
Lighting: Low to Moderate
Watering: Low to Moderate

The Cast Iron Plant is an easy to grow houseplant, tolerating just about anything, thus its name. Characterized by glossy, dark green foliage extending upward somewhat resembling corn leaves, Cast Iron Plants make an attractive house plant for any type of decor.

Aim to dust the foliage to prevent the pores from clogging however as said before, Cast Iron Plants are very hardy and will tolerate dust filled leaves. This houseplant is also known to be a slow grower do I would not expect large growth.

Cast Iron Plants prefer low to moderate light levels therefore aim to keep it out of direct sunlight. This houseplant will do best in moderate light areas, but out of direct sunlight. Corners or table tops are a great homes for this plant.

Cast Iron Plants prefer lower water levels. I have found it to do well when the soil is kept semi moist. Occasional dryness in between waterings however typically has no effect on the plant. Give the plant a monthly dose of houseplant food for extra nutrients as well. A daily or every other misting will also help this house plant look its best.

Cast Iron Plants generally tolerate a large range of temperature. As long as you stay between 45 and 80 degrees the house plant should grow fine. Typically this house plant is also pest free. Occasional spider mites may appear.

Overall, Cast Iron Plants are a great house plant for beginners. It really will tolerate almost any type of neglect you may give it. Forgotten watering, low light, drastic temperature changes, all seem to have little effect. However, for best appearance aim to provide it with proper care. It does tolerate neglect but not over and over.


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Anonymous wendy said...

Do you have any pictures of the Cast Iron Plant? I'm not sure what it looks like. thanks wendy

10:39 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I don't, but here's a link for Google Images to see some.

-- drayas

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a wonderful plant! I wouldn't say it was too slow growing though! Put it in a new pot and roots are poking out the bottom two weeks later!

1:42 PM  

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