Ian The Cast Iron Plant

ASPIDISTRA ELATIOR PLANT CARE GUIDE

Also known as the cast iron plant. The cast iron plant is native to Japan and China.

LIGHTING 

Ian isn’t one to fuss and will be happy in all types of light. He is low light tolerant but also will be happy in a medium/filtered light.

WATERING 

Let his soil dry out completely before his next watering. He’s very drought tolerant and will forgive you if you forget to water him. If he is placed in a shady spot he will only need watering once or twice a month.

HUMIDITY 

Ian doesn’t require any high levels of humidity, normal household humidity levels are good.

TEMPERATURE 

Ian can tolerate temperatures between 7-27°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 7°C Ian will be happy.

FERTILISER 

Fertilise him once every 4 weeks in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter.

REPOTTING 

Ian really likes to be root bound and would prefer to stay in his original pot for as long as possible without his roots being disturbed. You will notice that his original nursery pot will start to buckle or large roots will stick out of the bottom and this is a sign that he is ready to be repotted with fresh potting mix.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CAST IRON PLANT

 Yellow leaves -  Yellow leaves are usually caused by over watering. Ian does not need much water to thrive. If he is badly over watered this could lead to root rot. 

 Browning/yellowing tips - The tips are a sign that he is a little sunburnt. Take him out of any direct or bright light. A medium light is good enough for Ian.

OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS 

Top tip 1: Ian is perfectly safe to be placed around young children and pets as he is not toxic if ingested. 

Top tip 2: Ian is one of the top air purifying plants announced by Nasa. He will help to remove household toxins from the air. 

Top tip 3: Take a damp cloth to his leaves every couple of weeks. Clean leaves will help to absorb more light.