Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant Care

Aspidistra elatior

Basic Cast Iron Plant Care

The Cast Iron Plant is a fantastic, glossy houseplant that gives a real tropical feel to your space. On top of all of this, they’re also pretty simple to care for and can take a good variety of conditions without issues.

Low Light

I prefer a shady spot as too much sunlight will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Detailed Cast Iron Plant Care Information

Whether you're looking to make sure your Cast Iron Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Cast Iron Plant

They're super easy to keep

The great thing about Cast Iron Plants is that it’s one of the easiest plants to keep. They can deal with a huge range of environments with no issues.


Cast Iron Plant lighting needs

The Aspidistra is one of the least fussy houseplants when it comes to lighting conditions. They’re more than happy with a shady spot, just keep them out of bright direct light.


Keeping the leaves lush and green

To make sure that the leaves stay lush and healthy, make sure to keep the humidity a little higher. To make it easy just spray the leaves down with a misting bottle every few days.



Cast Iron Plant watering

As with lighting requirements, the Aspidistra is really not fussy. Make sure that your pot isn’t holding in excess moisture to avoid root rot, but don’t worry about missing the odd watering.


Keeping the leaves clean

Just like any other plant with larger leaves, the Cast Iron plant will definitely appreciate having its leaves dusted off once in a while. This will just allow it to ‘breathe’ a little better.

Cast Iron Plant FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Cast Iron Plant.

Cast Iron Plants can cope with bright light but will start to dry out and burn if exposed to too much intense direct sunlight. But other than that, they can adapt to a real range of light levels and even make a pretty good low light plant. 

Yes, Cast Iron Plants are one of the easiest houseplants to care for. Not only do they adapt well to a range of environments, but they don’t need constant tending to so are great for beginner or busy plant parents. 

Cast Iron Plants are quite forgiving when it comes to a watering schedule. Make sure that your pot isn’t holding in excess moisture to avoid root rot, but don’t worry about missing the odd watering.

Another great thing about the Cast Iron Plant is that they are non-toxic and completely safe making them great for every home. 

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Common Problems with your Cast Iron Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

The most common cause of yellow leaves on Cast Iron Plants is overwatering. Check the moisture levels in the soil to confirm the issue and replace if waterlogged. Going forward you will want to cut back on how much you are watering your Cast Iron Plant to prevent the issue happening again.

Another potential cause is too much direct sunlight scorching the leaves. In this cause simply move your plant to a less sunny spot and remove the worst affected leaves.

Bronw leaf tups are caused by a few factors so go through eliminating each one to find the cause. Firstly it can be caused by underwatering which dries out the leaves. Secondly, it can be caused by a lack of humidity so try misting your plant or investing in a humidifier.

If those two issues are not solving the problem then it may be that your Cast Iron Plant is reacting to the high levels of fluoride in the tap water so use rainwater or distilled water in future.

Spots and speckles on your Cast Iron Plant are often caused by spider mites. These are little pests that suck on your plant’s leaves and will eventually kill your plant if not dealt with. Start by isolating your plant to stop the infestation spreading to other plants and then treat with an insecticide.

It can happen that you are not able to curb the spider mite infestation at which point it is sometimes best to say goodbye to your plant so you don’t risk infecting any of your other beloved houseplants. It can be tough (we have been there) but it has to be done sometimes.

Simple Cast Iron Plant Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Aspidistra elatior.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NameCast Iron Plant
Latin NameAspidistra elatior
LightLow Light
WaterWater Moderately
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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