Spring Garden Tips
Easy to Grow Houseplant - Cast Iron Plant

Looking for a tough as nails houseplant? Consider the cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior).

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mgm audio 032114 cast iron plantThis unassuming houseplant tolerates low light, temperature extremes and irregular watering. It is also known as saloon plant because it was often found growing in the dark corners of bars.

You may have to do a bit of research to find a local source. Most garden centers only sell the straight species with solid green leaves that grow about 2 to 3 feet tall. The variety 'Variegata' has white stripes while 'Ginga Minor' has yellow spotted 15 inch long leaves.

Cast iron plants produce one long strappy leaf on each short stem that arises from the soil. Propagate new plants by dividing older clumps into several smaller sections.

Although most people know it as a houseplant you will find cast iron plant used as a groundcover in southern landscapes. And some claim success growing this plant outdoors year round in southern New Jersey.

A bit more information: So consider adding a cast iron plant to your indoor décor. Though the flowers are small, brown and not real showy, you'll get a little greenery with minimal care. Check on-line sources if you are having trouble finding this or its more decorative cultivars at your local garden center.

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