Indoor plants

Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum or Spathiphyllum: general information.

Spathiphyllum or Spathiphyllum is an evergreen plant belonging to the Araceae family, native to Central America. In nature there are 7 different plant species but the most used are Spathiphyllum Wallisi. The plant produces long, slightly pointed leaves at the extremity of varying length, glossy, dark green in color that are supported by a stiff petiole. A peculiarity of the plant is that it does not have a real stem, in fact the petioles that support the leaves and flower stems start from an underground rhizome, therefore not visible. The white flowers consist of a white spathe that half wraps a yellowish inflorescence similar to a panicle. The duration of the flowers is several weeks and before withering they change color tending more and more to green.

Spathiphyllum, care and precautions.


The Spathiphyllum does not like the cold, which is why in our areas it is an excellent indoor ornamental plant. Temperatures in winter weather should not drop below 12-15 ° C as the leaves would burn. They tolerate positions with little or moderate light even if they prefer diffused light but never in direct contact with the sun’s rays. Watering must be regular especially in the summer period, it is recommended to nebulize the leaves with warm and not calcareous water. Where possible, an environment with a high humidity rate is recommended. Fertilization should be done every 25-30 days, using fertilizer for flowering plants. No particular pruning interventions are carried out but the dry or damaged parts must be eliminated to favor the development of the plant itself.

Spathiphyllum: diseases and reproduction.


One thing to absolutely avoid is water stagnation which leads to root rot and yellowing of the leaves, in addition to the possible formation of fungi. To prevent, make sure you never leave water in the saucer, moreover a good humidity level helps the plant. Parasites that can cause damage to the plant are: mites (red spider above all), aphids and scale insects, the latter must be eliminated with cotton soaked in alcohol, gently rubbing the affected area. As for reproduction, in nature the plant multiplies with sowing. The potted specimens, on the other hand, can be reproduced by dividing the tufts of leaves into various tufts and taking care not to damage the roots. The soil to be chosen must be soft, able to slightly retain moisture,

Spathiphyllum: tricks and curiosities


To conclude with some advice, on the market there are plants in pots of 9 – 10.5 cm up to 17 – 22 cm or even larger. The purchase of potted plants 17 is usually recommended, already strong enough to withstand the move from shop – mall – nursery to home, having to acclimatise with the new humidity, exposure to sunlight and climate. Remember to water frequently and to avoid water stagnation, we realize if the plant needs water urgently we will see it “mushy”. In this case it is advisable to immerse the spatifillo with the whole vase where possible in a tub or container. It is also very useful to frequently nebulize the leaves with warm, non-calcareous water, while avoiding directly wetting the flower.

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