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 will retain the right amount of water.

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Detailed Cast Iron Plant Care

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.

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 Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Cast Iron Plant.

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.

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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.

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