The Spathipyllum is a strong air-purifying plant that flowers richly and is easy to care for. Spathipyllum does well on a light spot (not in the sun), but it doesn't mind a little shade either. It is a very popular plant to give as a gift because of its beautiful and cheerful appearance.
Spathiphyllum is naturally shaded along the bank on the waterfront. In the house it is best to place the plant a few meters from the window, so the plant gets enough light but not the sun is full on the plant. For a south-facing window, it is better if the plant is a little further away (3/4 meters). A temperature between 15 and 23 degrees Celsius is recommended.
Make sure that the soil of your Spathipyllum is always moist. If it occasionally happens that it is dry for a while, the plant will recover but this should not happen often. So try to water the plant weekly. It is almost impossible to drown this plant, because it is used to a tropical rain climate. In winter the plant needs less water than in summer.
To prevent vermin and to keep your plant beautiful, it is important that you spray the plant in winter. This ensures that the dry air that causes the heating in the house cannot be a nuisance to the plant.
In the summer it is recommended to buy Pokon flowering plants for extra nutrients for the Spathipyllum. In autumn and winter the plant does not grow and is therefore not necessary.
Brown leaves indicate that the air is too dry or that there is too much sunlight on the plant. Green leaves indicate that there is too little sunlight. You can respond to this by keeping the plant a little closer or further away from the window if your leaves are discoloured.
As already mentioned, the plant will have to be repotted after about 3 years. You may have to repot the plant before, as you can see from the roots that deform the pot. It is recommended to take a new pot that is at least 20% wider and do this preferably in the spring.
The Spathipyllum originates from the Amazon region in Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela. The plant often grows along the waterfront in the shade. Spathipyllum was introduced in Europe at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays it is one of the most popular houseplants in the Netherlands.
Under dry conditions, the Spathipyllum may be affected by spider mites. To prevent this, it is best to spray the plant occasionally and not put it in a draughty place.
The Spathipyllum purifies the air by filtering out all hazardous substances and gases. These substances include methyl, benzene, acetone, ammonia, etc. These and other substances are absorbed into the leaves through the stomata or they are caught in the wax layer of the leaves and flowers and broken down into substances or nutrients that are harmless to us.