Aspidistra elatior native range is S. Japan, it is part of the Asparagaceae family. Aspidistra are stemless with glossy, lanceolate leaves, they can grow up to 4m tall in their natural habitat. 

Genus name comes from the Greek aspis, aspid meaning shield, this is in reference to the shape of the stigma. The specific epithet elatior means taller.


Pot: ø 13cm.

Height: Approximately 40cm from base of pot.

Featured in Charlie pot.

Ceramic pot not included.


Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. These plants can survive in low light conditions.


Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.


Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite and worm castings. 


Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.


Temperature: 15-24°C.


Humidity: These plants adapt well to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.


Aspidistra are non-toxic.




How big do cast iron plants grow?


A Cast iron plant can grow to a height of 2 feet if properly cared for and can grow as wide as 24 inches, so it’s worth considering where you’ll place this plant in your home as it can eventually command a good amount of space. 


How fast do cast iron plants grow?


Cast iron plants are notoriously slow growers, which is part of the reason why they’re not often sold in garden nurseries, as the plants take a long time to grow to a size that are worth selling. Even if the plant is regularly fertilized it will not grow quickly, however, this slow growth rate is a good tradeoff for its impressive hardiness. 


Why are cast iron plants more expensive than other plants?


Cast iron plants often cost more than other houseplants due to the amount of time that the nursery has to invest in growing the plant before it’s ready to sell. These plants have been popular since the Victorian era, however, they’re simply not as popular as they used to be. Additionally, because many nurseries do not stock this plant, prices may reflect its low supply. 


Why are my cast iron plant’s leaves turning yellow?


A cast iron plant’s leaves turning yellow is an indication of it being left in too much sunlight. Many new plant owners assume that all plants should have as much sunlight as possible, however, the cast iron plant is one of many varieties that prefer being in semi-shade. If you spot your Aspiditra Elatior’s leaves turning yellow then you should move that plant away from direct sunlight, fail to do this and your plant could die as a result. 


Do you have to clean the underside of a cast iron plant?


Cleaning the underside of a cast iron plant isn’t absolutely necessary, however, it’s a good way of keeping the plant in optimal growing conditions and also quickly checking if your plant has any spider mites. Spider mites are most commonly found in dry, hot conditions. If your plant is kept in an arid room then you may run the risk of attracting spider mites. You can quickly check for them by wiping the back of a leaf with a paper towel or baby wipe. 


How long can the cast iron plant live?


Cast iron plants have been known to live for as long as 50 years if kept in the right conditions, making them a long-term investment that certainly pays off over time! 


How often should you water a cast iron plant?


Water your cast iron plant more frequently during the growing seasons, making sure that the soil remains moist. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in the winter and reduce overall watering if you’re keeping it in a particularly shady spot. 


How do you care for a cast iron plant indoors?


Cast iron plants require very little care in comparison to other houseplants, it’s incredibly hardy and will show visible signs of unhappiness giving you plenty of opportunities to make things right. This plant can live happily in most temperatures from 7-29 and will grow near a sunless window, keep it from direct sunlight though. Feed this plant with diluted fertiliser once every 1-2 months in growing season and don’t repot more frequently than every 2 years.  


Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant