Plant Care Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant

4.8 out of 5 (40 experiences)

Cast Iron Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Cast Iron Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 750 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Cast Iron Plant likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Cast Iron Plant belongs to the aspidistra genus, and is native to China and Japan.

Taxonomy

Aspidistra elatior
Aspidistra
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

bar-room plant

How to care for Cast Iron Plant

Water

How often to water your Cast Iron Plant

Water needs for Cast Iron Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Cast Iron Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cast Iron Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Cast Iron Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cast Iron Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cast Iron Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cast Iron Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Cast Iron Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cast Iron Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cast Iron Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Cast Iron Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Propagation

Care Summary for Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cast Iron Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
Cast Iron Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
Cast Iron Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 17
Cast Iron Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Cast Iron Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Cast Iron Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Cast Iron Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Cierracarty avatar
@Cierracarty
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 315 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/07/2021

Grows extremely fast!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Miaaa avatar
@Miaaa
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 1,705 XP
08/09/2021

Just got this plant and it's already pushing out new leaves. Very low maintenance but also so rewarding to see all the new growth

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 793 XP
globe Arvada, Colorado
07/01/2021

Easy plant to care for. Definitely a survivor

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Rebeccap6 avatar
@Rebeccap6
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 157 XP
globe Leeds, England
06/24/2021

Good for dog, large so makes a statement

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Karislone avatar
@Karislone
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 64 XP
06/18/2021

This plant is very low maintenance and is so beautiful.

Chicabam avatar
@Chicabam
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 501 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri
06/06/2021

Very resilient. I got mine online and it was lost in the mail for like a week but when I got it, it still looked great! Gets pretty big too!

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mo avatar
@Mo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 122 XP
06/03/2021

Cast iron says everything about this plant. You may neglect it and it will continue to thrive.

Easy to care for, can be exposed to bright indirect light or be maintained in a shaded area.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mia avatar
@Mia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Batavia, Illinois
05/23/2021

Stems break so easily mine can’t stand it’s self up anymore. Probably my fault but it’s not fun

Browns easily Browns easily
Agatha avatar
@Agatha
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 642 XP
05/20/2021

So tough and hard to damage I suspect it might be fake! Just kidding, but no really this plant has the slowest metabolism. The leaves hardly move with the light, the plant hardly grows.
It’s a great looking plant, it adds beautiful foliage to any room. Just not at all exciting for the growth enthusiasts.

Survivor Survivor
Michelle avatar
@Michelle
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 230 XP
05/15/2021

Cast Iron plant is a great plant to add to your home. Efficient light and water schedule will allow to grow to full capacity.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Corinnesworld avatar
@Corinnesworld
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 309 XP
globe Hamilton Township, New Jersey
05/14/2021

I live in a very shady area and this plant has been such a thriver. I got this plant knowing it’s safe for cats and grows in the shade it hasn’t disappointed.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Sarahsalith avatar
@Sarahsalith
leaf-1 333 Plants
xp 9,322 XP
04/13/2021

*This plant sits on the floor of my dining room, about 4' away from a east-facing window.*

Do you want an amazing plant but you're afraid you'll kill it? Do you know someone who is longing to turn their home or office into a magnificent jungle, but they are doubting their abilities?

Look no further: THIS IS THE PLANT TO GET. It was relatively inexpensive for its size and it forgives and forgives. It is okay in low-light situations. An before Greg, I might have forgotten to water this big, ole plant and it forgave me. I have three rough-and-tumble boys who like to go exploring in the jungle and it forgives them.

I have no idea how it happened, but at one brief time in its history, IT BLOOMED, but I haven't seen that again. I bet once my household settles down, it'll be ready to bloom again!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cmmnsnse avatar
@Cmmnsnse
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, Florida
04/09/2021

King Von might be skinny, but there’s no shortage of confidence as he sprawls out in all directions.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nikravens1 avatar
@Nikravens1
leaf-1 87 Plants
xp 2,501 XP
globe Lara, Victoria
04/02/2021

Tough little bugger but really beautiful at the same time. Love it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Drdrey avatar
@Drdrey
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,634 XP
03/20/2021

An underrated large houseplant. Brings lush jungle appeal, is pet safe, and requires little light and attention. Only downside is that it’s quite slow growing, but that can be a benefit if you buy one the size you already want it to be.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Philbobaggins avatar
@Philbobaggins
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 129 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
03/13/2021

Very hearty! Bought online and was delayed in transit a week and didn’t die.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Thebigman avatar
@Thebigman
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Ocala, Florida
02/18/2021

i find this plant very easy to take care of. so far, i have had this plant for around a month and all i’m seeing is growth :)

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