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Cast Iron Plant Care

Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron
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Cast Iron is a great indoor plant as it is hardy and will survive in a variety of environments. The Cast Iron plant is also known as Aspidistra Elatior and is durable and tough. The Cast Iron plant has tough, glossy dark green leaves that stand up well in high traffic areas. The leaves do not tear or fray easily as many houseplants do when brushed against repeatedly. They can also withstand very low temperatures and I have seen a few that have endured outside in the snow for the winter season. It is one of the best plants for any environment for this reason and it has earned the name "Cast Iron". It can be maintained in low light to bright light situations. Avoid hot direct sun if kept indoors, as sunlight magnified through window glass can burn or scald the leaves.

The Cast Iron plant is commonly used in interior landscaping and also makes a great house plant. There are a few variegated varieties but these are hard to come by at your local plant retailer. I have not seen many aspidistra available at the corner store but they are available at some retail greenhouses. If you cannot find one of these plants at any retail stores, you might want to try contacting an interior landscape company in your area as they will sometimes order hard to find plants for individuals. The price may be a little higher but the quality of the plant should be well worth the price.

This tough plant can be acclimated to life on the patio and is sometimes used in exterior landscaping in warmer climates. Any changes in lighting should be made slowly and watering will need to be dramatically increased to compensate for the extra light intensity and heat. It is also prone to spider mites and spider mites will thrive in hot, dry and sunny areas.

Watering Cast Iron Plant - Cast Iron should be allowed to dry completely if kept in a low light location. If placed in bright light, allow potting mix to dry down at least halfway. Please see section on watering and section on lightingfor more information about the most important parts of your indoor tropical plant care. These will have the most impact on the health of your houseplants.

Trim the leaf margins if they become brown, following the original shape of the leaf. If you have to trim the leaves frequently, check your watering habits. Keeping the planting media too wet or moist for long periods can cause browning of the leaf tips and edges. These plants are mite prone so also check the underside of the leaf if you are having trouble to be sure this is not the problem. Cast Iron is prone to mites, mealybug and scale, so be watchful for these pests. Wiping the leaves and stems, front and back, with a damp sponge or cloth will keep it clean and minimize any pests.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your Cast Iron plant and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site PlantAndFlowerInfo.com. To email indoor plant questions click here. Or you might want to visit the PlantAndFlowerInfo blog for interior plant questions and answers or to post your own comment or questions. Thanks again...

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