How To Grow Cast Iron Plant


As its name suggests, the cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a toughie! It basically thrives on neglect and looks good all year round. The upright, glossy green leaves (which can also be patterned) grow incredibly well indoors or can also be planted densely in a dry shaded spot – you won’t find a plant that loves it more! They do very well indoors but can also be grown outdoors as they clump together and make a lovely display.

Position – Indoors in a cool well lit spot away from direct sunlight or outdoors in a shaded position
Water – Minimal watering
Soil – Well drained, but not too moist
When To Grow – Throughout the year

How To Grow

Step 1 – Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in a well-lit spot, out of direct sunlight.
Step 2 – Fill pot with good quality potting mix such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
Step 3 – Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
Step 4 – Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
Step 5 – Water when the potting mix is dry – insert your index finger to the first knuckle, if it’s dry, water and if it’s moist, don’t water.
Step 6 – Feed fortnightly during the growing season with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.

Growing Tips


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