Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra

A Cast Iron Plant, native to China, is an almost indestructible easy-care plant that survives where other houseplants quickly die. Water it or forget to water it, good light or poor light, warm room or cold room, the Cast Iron Plant survives. This is a rather plain plant with 2ft. long, pointed, course textured, leathery leaves that emerge directly from the soil. The variegated varieties of a Cast Iron have a cream-colored stripe down each of the leaves that reverts to solid green in very low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron.. A cast iron plant tolerates neglect.