Spathiphyllum - spoon plant
Location and care
The Spathiphyllum likes a moderately light or shady position, and certainly not direct sunlight. The ideal temperature is between 15 and 23 C °.
The root ball must always be moist. Watering well about once a week is usually sufficient. The plant may stand with its feet in a layer of water. For a healthy Spathiphyllum it is recommended to add some plant food to the irrigation water once a month.
The Spathiphyllum flowers for about four to ten weeks and then needs a few weeks rest to develop new flower buds. It is wise to cut off the old (green) flower stalk completely after flowering. The Spathiphyllum keeps developing new shoots, which will produce flowers again after about twelve weeks. To promote flowering it can be good to keep the plant a little drier for a while and put it in a slightly colder place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Air purifying effect; How do Spathiphyllum purify the air?
Spathiphyllum purify the air by absorbing various harmful substances from the air through the stomata in the leaf during their natural respiration. These substances are then stored and broken down in the plant or root. During the day, CO2 is also converted into oxygen and the plants release water vapor into the air, which improves the humidity.
How many plants optimally; how much Spathiphyllum should I put in a room, so that it is optimally healthy / the air is purified?
Researchers from NASA, among others, recommend placing 15 - 18 plants per 180 m3 for a good contribution to a healthier indoor climate. Studies by NASA and TNO, among others, show that plants such as Spathiphyllum in the home and workplace not only have an air-purifying effect, but also have a positive influence on the psychology of humans.
Outside; Can I also place Spathiphyllum outside?
Spathiphyllum are real house plants. The plants are originally from Tropical Asia and South America and cannot withstand temperatures below 15 ° C and strong winds. We therefore recommend that you enjoy your Spathiphyllum indoors.
Shelf life; How long will the Spathiphyllum keep?
If the Spathiphyllum are in the right position and receive good care, they can serve as an air-purifying eye-catcher in your home or office for years.
Poisonous plants; Are the Spathiphyllum poisonous to humans and animals?
Spathiphyllum are intended for decoration and not for consumption. Although the different plants are produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible, we recommend that you always consult a doctor when using them internally.
Drops of leaf; My Spathiphyllum secretes droplets from the tips of the leaves. What can I do about this and is it toxic?
Spathiphyllum evaporate the water that they absorb with their roots and thus improve the humidity. This evaporation can be so high that droplets form on the leaves. You may be able to place the plant in a somewhat cooler location.