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Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant became a popular houseplant in the Victorian age and is now a favorite for offices, plant novices, and shady gardens alike. It is known for being one of the toughest houseplants due to its ability to live in lower light and drought tolerant conditions. Not only is the cast iron plant resistant to most pests and diseases, but it can also add green flair to any home or garden with its broad evergreen leaves. While this plant rarely flowers indoors, it can produce cream-colored flowers near the soil level.

How to care for your Cast Iron Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Cast Iron Plant. This guide will tell you how to water a Cast Iron Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Cast Iron Plant


Your cast iron plant can grow in low and artificial light, but will perform best in bright to medium-bright indirect light. It can tolerate a few hours of direct morning sun, but avoid areas in which it will be exposed to harsh afternoon sun.


Water your cast iron plant when the top 50-75% of soil is dry. Water thoroughly, and be sure to empty the saucer of any excess water to prevent root rot.


Your cast iron plant tolerates low to average household humidity.


Your cast iron prefers temperatures between 60-80°F. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.


For best results, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength once a month during the spring and summer. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil; always make sure the soil is damp before feeding your plant.


Cast iron plants are not toxic to humans and pets.


The cast iron broad leaves can easily collect dust. Wipe down the plant or give it a shower monthly to prevent pests and dust buildup.

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What's a Cast Iron Plant?

Botanical Classification: Aspidistra elatior


Cast iron plants are native to Japan and made their way to Europe in the 1820s, where they quickly established themselves as the perfect houseplant.

Fun Fact

During the Regency and into the Victorian era, cast iron plants got their common name for their resilience to a wide variety of harsh conditions.

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