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Dec 30, 2017 6:30 AM CST
Hello! I have just acquired my first plant ever as a Christmas present and I love it. I've seen variations of the cast iron plant and how they grow - some have very straight, upright leaves and others have more droopy leaves. Mine is a mixture of both. Just wondering if there's anything I can do to grow it into a more upright structure as opposed to the arching leaves? Water quality? Perhaps the pot is too small?More/less light?

Hope I'm making sense, please let me know if not!
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Name: Sue Taylor
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Dec 30, 2017 6:45 AM CST
That's the way they grow, doubt you can do anything to change that and why would you want to?
Dec 30, 2017 6:48 AM CST
kniphofia said:That's the way they grow, doubt you can do anything to change that and why would you want to?

Okay, good to know thanks. The upright structure is my preference and suits my space better. I still love it but was just wondering, since I'm a newbie at this. Thanks for your response.
Name: Will Creed
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Dec 30, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Newer leaves are initially more upright, but gravity gradually takes hold as the leaves mature. If the light source is directly overhead, as opposed to from the side, then the leaves will tend to stay more upright.

Be careful not to over pot or over water as that will cause leaves to droop permanently and die.
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Dec 30, 2017 10:22 AM CST
Can't help with your plant but there are other easy-care plants that have an upright habit, such as the Snake Plant aka Mother-in-Law Tongue; it's a type of Sansevieria.
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Dec 30, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Thank you both! That's very helpful.

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