Aspidistra Elatior (Cast Iron) Plant Care: Beginner’s Guide + Tips



Cast Iron plants are one variety that, despite being well-liked in the nineteenth century (due to tolerating low light and poor air quality in smoky parlors), has distinguished itself in lasting fame.

Cast iron plants offer a lovely display of dark green leaves or green and white striped arching foliage. Occasionally, perhaps once every few years, it will bloom in the dead of winter or the first days of spring.


A. elatior (or A. lurida): The most common species grown of the Cast Iron plant because it can withstand adverse conditions. A. I.’ Variegata’ ( Aspidistra elatior variegata): Features white or cream stripes on outer parts of the leaves, but otherwise is very similar to the parent plant.

Common Problems

- Leaves Being Damaged - Red Spider Mites - Brown Tips - Mealy Bug - Leaves Turning Yellow - Repotting - Dead Leaves

Ideal Conditions for Growing Cast Iron Plants

- Light and Location - Temperature - Watering - Good Drainage (Important) - Fertilizer - Seasonal Care - Soil and Potting Mixture

Propagating Cast Iron Plant

You can propagate Cast Iron plants through division (the best times as spring and summer), which is splitting up a section into multiple plants.

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