Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant

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Scientific Name
Aspidistra elatior (Shield-like plant that stands tall)

Common Name
Cast Iron Plant, Bar Room plant

Native to Japan and Taiwan

The Cast Iron Plant gets its name from its solid constitution, making it a great houseplant for even the most inexperienced of indoor gardeners- or the most awkward of spaces. It was popular in Victorian times due to its ability to withstand fumes from coal fires and gas lamps, and it can cope in low light conditions too. In the face of conditions which many houseplants would find unbearable, the Cast Iron Plant will thrive and bring its long, elegant leaves to brighten up even the gloomiest of corners.

This plant can cope with most levels of indirect light, from bright to low; don't put it in direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves, and make sure if it's i a darker spot to dust the leaves so it can make use of all available light.

Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waterings; in a darker spot, let half of the soil dry out.

Average humidity is fine but it does like a bit more, so mist or hose down the leaves regularly to keep it looking great.

Plant in well-draining soil; a mix with added bark or coir for drainage will help it not get to soggy. Repot every two to three years as it grows; this plant is fine being potbound for a while so don't worry if it's a little longer.

Feed every four weeks with water in the growing season, reducing to every six in autumn and winter.

Between 10-26°C are ideal for this plant.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
If you're keeping this plant in a darker location, adding a thin layer of grit to the bottom of the pot when re-potting can help to prevent root rot, which is especially a risk in darker corners.



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