Cast Iron Plant

(30 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Aspidistra elatior

Common Names: Cast-iron plant

Overview: For people who have a passion for growing plants and want to start, the Cast Iron Plant is the best option to start with. This plant does not demand a lot of care, and with a few things to keep in mind, you can grow it properly. Much like other plants, there are some things you need to keep in mind, such as not overwatering it or making sure that the soil is completely dry in between your watering cycles. 

These plants can grow indoors, so there is no need for you to have a garden if you want to grow a cast iron plant. This is one of the best options for indoor plants and will most definitely be an aesthetic addition to your home.

Its dark green leaves are the best option to add a pop of color to your home or your workplace. 

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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Description

The Cast Iron Plant is Nearly Bullet Proof: Indoors or Out

You’re probably wondering why the common name for the Aspidistra elatior is “Cast Iron” Plant. Luckily for inattentive gardeners, it’s because it is as tough as iron.

This evergreen perennial has lance-shaped leaves that grow upright to 20” tall. The China native is actually a member of the Lily family. The plant has small purple flowers that are usually hidden in its dark green foliage. Outdoors, it is an excellent choice for those difficult-to-fill deep shade spots. Over time, a single plant will spread via its roots to create an attractive larger clump. Indoors, you’ll find it blissfully thrives in homes or offices that don’t receive much light. It’s also not finicky about regular watering.

Also known as aspidistra, the Cast Iron Plant is a houseplant favored by many because of its hardy nature. With a little care and love, this plant can survive through anything. Unlike other plants, the Aspidistra Elatior is one of the strongest plants out there. 

History of the Cast Iron Plant

Originating from the forests of Taiwan and Japan, these plants were brought to Europe and America during the Victorian Era. Since then, people have been keeping these plants in their homes. Over the years, the plant has been falling in and out of trend, but in recent times, you can find them everywhere. It is because of its evergreen foliage that the plant is commonly found in offices, homes, and bars. 

Caring for Aspidistra Elatiors

Even though Cast Iron Plants are not very demanding, but you need to give them the right care to make sure they grow perfectly. There are two very important things you need to consider when you want to grow Aspidistra Elatior. The first thing you must be careful of is not to put your plant in direct sunlight. Keeping them out of direct sunlight is the best option. The next thing you must be sure of is not to overwater the plant, as it can eventually cause the plant to rot.

Light

The cast iron plant does exceptionally well when it gets moderate light. The only thing you need to avoid is keeping the plant in direct sunlight. Any place with shade is fine, which makes it a great plant to grow indoors. 

Soil

These plants are not very fond of water, which means that you will need fast-draining soil so the soil does not stay wet for a long time. The best way to go about it is to get a cactus mix and a pot that has holes in it. This will make sure that there is not a lot of water in the soil. 

Water

There is no significant need for watering your cast iron plant. If you want to water your plants, it is best to first let the soil completely dry out so that you do not overwater your cast iron plant. To test that, you can put your finger in the soil and feel if it is dry or not. You can also use a wooden stick to check whether the soil is dry or not. 

Fertilizer

You definitely want your Cast Iron Plant to grow, and for that, you need to use a gentle liquid fertilizer. This fertilizer is best for summer, which is when the plant is in its growing state. A gentle fertilizer will be the best option as it will go well with each watering cycle. 

Common Issues

The cast iron plant is not very susceptible to damage from pests, but there are certain household bugs that can damage it. Other common issues include the leaves and tips browning. 

Pests

Household bugs are the most common pests for the aspidistra. Bugs such as mites and scales can affect the plant and keep them off. You can rinse the foliage gently. This may not work if the infestation is greater. In that case, you can clean the foliage with insecticidal soap. 

Disease

There are not many diseases that can harm the cast iron plant, but the plant turning brown should be something that concerns you. If you keep your plants in direct light, then that can cause them to brown. This is why it is best to keep your plants in the shade and, more importantly, avoid overwatering them. 

Pruning

You do not need to prune your cast iron plant regularly. If you see any yellowing leaves, you can just pull them off. This will help your plant focus on its growth and not waste its energy. 

Propagation

To propagate your plant, you can use division, which requires you to unpot your plant first and tip it on its side to work it out of the pot. Get the roots out of the soil and gently massage them off. Once you do that, make sure that the roots are untangled, and then you can easily put the plants in different pots and divide them. 

Potting / Repotting

Suppose you want to pot your plant for maximum growth than the first layer of the pot with the soil and then tip your plant sideways. Always leave two inches of headroom on the top of the plant so that all the excess water drains out. 

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Partial Shade

Mature Height

2 ft – 3 ft

Spacing

2 ft – 3 ft

30 reviews for Cast Iron Plant

  1. Elsa (verified owner)

    Size was great. However, there were brownish-yellow leaves, brown tips, and splitting leaves upon arrival. I don’t like giving up on plants so I’ve done as much as possible to make sure it gets as healthy as possible

  2. MaryAnn C. (verified owner)

    The plant arrived quickly, and in great shape! And Plant Vine was very responsive when I had to change the shipping address. Highly recommend!!

  3. michael mislan (verified owner)

    beautiful lust plant big

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Look exactly like the picture – the plants look happy and healthy! Super glad with my purchase and thanks so much!

  5. Heather S. (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant. Nice and big, lush and healthy. Packaged really nicely and arrived with no shipping damage.

  6. Tochi A. (verified owner)

    Absolutely stunning

  7. Sierra

    What is the post size for the large?

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Wwwwwwwwwow!!!! Was worth the wait! Hillary gave excellent customer service. Plants were beautifully packed!

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  12. Sophia (verified owner)

    Gorgeous plant that arrived quickly and looking very healthy. Previously purchased another Cast Iron from a different seller, and what I received looked nothing like the photos. It was so nice to see an actual photo of my plant before it shipped, and for the description photo to match what you’re buying. Customer service was also super responsive when I reached out to them about a shipping question. Would absolutely purchase from this nursery again!

  13. Vanessa (verified owner)

    Arrived healthy and lush with lots of leaves. Very happy with this plant!

  14. Curt Brown (verified owner)

    Amazing quality.

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    A great experience! Plant arrived healthy and happy, and is settling into its new home. I loved seeing a picture of it before it was shipped.

  16. Kelly Hurst (verified owner)

  17. Shannon M (verified owner)

    Absolutely beautiful!

  18. charu r. (verified owner)

    Its really big and gorgeous and im happy. Its only been a few days and im giving it time to adjust a bit

  19. Yvette C. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived well packaged and I unwrapped the most beautiful plant!! Loved how they sent a pic of my plant before shipping it out. Will definitely be a return customer!

  20. Nicole O. (verified owner)

    Perfect! Carefully packaged and an absolutely beautiful plant that I could not find at my local nurseries.

  21. Chantal (verified owner)

    I have tried every plant delivery service possible, and I can’t recommend this high enough. The plants are the most full-of-life–beautiful plants and made it DAMAGE-FREE to NYC! I don’t even know how that’s possible (other plant services haven’t been able to perfect that either–trust me).

  22. Ronda Dillon (verified owner)

  23. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very full, lush and green

  24. Alison H. (verified owner)

    Beautiful, full and tall plant – as per photo. Although it shipped pretty fast, we were worried when the delivery carrier held it over a very hot weekend. The plant arrived in great condition – perhaps one leaf looking past it’s peak, but everything else fine. Soil had been shaken up a bit and made a bit of a mess, but all good otherwise. Love it!

  25. Hannah (verified owner)

    Super thrilled with my choice! They have the best prices, and I love that you can purchase just the plant in a temporary container. Most places try to sell something pre-planted with a price tag upwards of $150! Also love that they send a photo of your plant before it is shipped. Shipping was easy, and clean as well! The plant looked great right out of the box, and has really opened up since! I will be ordering more for sure

  26. Elizabeth Humphrey (verified owner)

    This was my first time ordering plants and I will admit the un-boxing was a little messy (just extra dirt that was expected) so do it outside but both plants I ordered came in perfect condition. The cast iron plant looks so pretty and it’s BIG. So excited to watch it grow even more 🙂. I’m so glad I found my new place to buy plants!

  27. Heather (verified owner)

    My aspidistra was huge and healthy! Thank you!

  28. Brittany (verified owner)

    A very large and lush plant. Perfectly packaged. My top store to purchase plants. I’ll be back for more!

  29. Teal H. (verified owner)

    Well packaged. Looks healthy.

  30. n (verified owner)

    Healthy plant, well priced, expertly shipped

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Why others chose the Cast Iron Plant

I bought the Cast Iron Plant because I wanted an easy to care for, large floor plant that would also be safe and non-toxic for dog.

I'm terrible at remembering to water anything

Met my need for a large low-light pet friendly plant

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I can’t keep plants alive.

They said it is a die hard plant, I will see if it survives me.

The pictures of the plants in stock were beautiful.

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I like the quality and quantity they displayed in the picture.