Cast-Iron Plant Care
Cast-iron Plants aren’t just popular due to their arching, glossy, dark green leaves that make them a beautiful and lush houseplant. Instead, it is the fact that this plant is as tough as iron that makes it a huge favorite among people who don’t have much time for plant care.
Because of how hard it is, cast-iron plants really don’t need much care. However, there are some basics that can go a long way to help it thrive and avoid any problems along the way:
- Light- Try to keep your cast-iron plants away from direct sunlight so their leaves don’t get scorched. Bright but indirect light is fine, or you could even place it away from windows in a corner with dim lighting.
- Water- Cast-iron plants are drought-tolerant and can survive on very little water. As a matter of fact, you should probably be more careful that you don’t end up overwatering it – which can lead to root rot. To avoid that make it a point to only water when the top inch of soil is dry.
- Temperature and humidity- Generally cast-iron plants aren’t that picky about temperature or humidity. That said, they do prefer a temperature of between 45 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and a slightly humid environment.
- Soil- It is best to pot your cast-iron plant in a compost soil mix that has a pH of between 5.5 and 6.5. The soil should be well-draining, to avoid water accumulating and causing root rot.
- Fertilizer- Although it is not a requirement, cast-iron plants do respond well to all-purpose liquid fertilizer. It is recommended that you fertilize your plant once every two weeks during the spring and summer months.
- Cleaning- It may be a good idea to clean your cast-iron plant’s leaves every month to keep away bests and expose them to more light. All you need to do is take soft tissues and gently wipe down the top of the leaves.
- Pruning- Pruning away leaves that are dead or dried up can benefit your plant as a whole. To prune your cast-iron plant you should use shears that are sharp and clean, and cut away the leaves at the base of the stem.
- Repotting- Cast-iron plants don’t need to be repotted all that frequently because they grow slowly, but you should keep an eye out for when the plant’s roots are overgrowing the edge of the pot. Normally you’ll need to report once every four years – and ideally during the spring.
- Propagation- If you want to propagate your cast-iron part it needs to be done via division. Simply separate part of the root cluster that has two or three stems growing from it, and plant it in a small pot with new potting soil. Keep in mind that cast-iron plants grow very slowly, so it’ll take time for the new plant to start thriving.
As you can see most of these steps to care for cast-iron plants aren’t compulsory – but they will each help to keep your plant healthy and ensure that it grows well. The more proactive you are, the more likely your plant will grow into a lush and beautiful houseplant that will make your home more vibrant.
The good news is that even if you forget any of the steps or overlook something, odds are your cast-iron plant isn’t going to die. That is part of the beauty of these plants, so don’t worry too much about what you need to do to care for them and instead simply enjoy the touch of green they bring to any space.