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    Tips For Cast Iron Plant Care

    cast iron plantIf you’re planning on adding a tropical element in your home or office, why not choose a cast iron plant? This plant is good for indoors or outdoors, and it requires minimal maintenance efforts. Plus, it is a hardy plant, so it can survive extreme climate or weather conditions.

    But though this plant is generally low-maintenance, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need some TLC. So to help it grow healthy, here are some tips for cast iron plant care.

    • First, just like any plant, the cast iron plant needs regular watering. However, you need to be selective with the type of water that this plant gets. While at first, tap water can be the convenient and easy watering solution, understand that minerals from tap water can be bad for cast iron plants especially when they accumulate in the plants’ tips.

     

    • Soft water is also not a good idea because this type of water promotes stunted growth. What you want is filtered water that’s devoid of minerals that can be harmful to cast iron plants.
    • Second, though these plants can thrive indoors or outdoors, it’s important to place them at an area where they receive low light and heat. Never ever put them directly under the sun as the sun’s rays will burn their leaves, turning them brown and ugly.
    • Third, don’t overfeed these plants. Some people would water their plants everyday, but this is not necessary for cast iron plants. As previously said, they need regular watering, but overfeeding them (i.e. watering them everyday) can cause their leaf tips to be brown.

    So when do you water these plants? Experts suggest that when the top layer of the soil is dry, it’s time to feed the plant.cast iron plant brown tips

    As for fertilizers, these plants can thrive even without fertilizers. But if you feel like your cast iron plant needs one, it’s best to go all-natural, so read the fertilizer labels carefully and make sure that the ingredients do not affect anyone’s health. This includes both humans and animals.

    Last, always watch out for a fungal disease called anthracnose, which is common to these types of plants. This disease is responsible for transforming the beautiful leaves of cast iron plants to have yellow or brown tips. If left alone, the disease spreads all over the plant and it will eventually die.

    How can you deal with this problem?

    solving problem on cart iron plantsYou can nip the leaves that are immediately affected by the disease. Doing this should keep the whole plant from dying. But if the problem persists, you may have to transfer the plant into another pot using a new soil. If the problem still persists, it’s best to carry the plant as far away as possible so it won’t affect the other plants in your home or garden.

    Cast iron plants are such a slow-grower. They would normally grow to a huge size only after 4 or 5 years. If the plants propagate and you feel like the pot is no longer big enough for the new additions, divide the plant only in the spring.

     

    Published on July 12, 2013 · Filed under: Cast Iron Plant Information; Tagged as:
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