Spathiphyllum - Care tips
Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 47 species of flowering plants in the Araceae family. Its roots go back to the tropical regions of America and southeastern Asia. In its natural habitat, it grows near rivers and lakes. It was a German botanist who brought this beauty to Europe, where it began to grow as an ornamental statement piece in many homes. Quite the history, this plant!
Information about Spathiphyllum
Plants in the genus Spathiphyllum are more commonly known as ‘Peace lilies’. Peace lilies are one of the most common houseplants because they’re easy to grow and beautiful too! This striking plant has glossy oval leaves. It can be speckled, dark green or variegated. When the plant is flowering, stems with a yellow or white cob appear, which makes her extra pretty.
Peace lilies have been hybridised and therefore come in dozens of popular varieties. Our favourite is the Spathiphyllum Diamond Variegata. This beauty is everything you need. Everybody knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially the ones that are variegated. She is a variegated version of the Spathiphyllum, which we also call a ‘spoon’ or ‘flag’ plant. She differs in her stunning variegated accents all over the leaf. These also differ in shade which makes her even more interesting to look at. Despite being a rarity, this houseplant is easy to care for. She is completely happy with a spot in the shade, partial shade or indirect light.
Spathiphyllum plant care tips
The Peace Lily is a tropical, evergreen plant that thrives on the forest floor, where they receive filtered sunlight and high humidity. Replicating these conditions in your home will make your Spathiphyllum a happy and healthy plant.
Light and placement for Spathiphyllum
Because the Spathiphyllum is a tropical plant, this beauty likes a temperature above 16C and wants to stay away from cold and drafty windows as far as possible. A bright spot will do perfectly, but avoid placing your Peace Lily in direct sunlight, it may cause sunburn on the leaves.
When it comes to watering your Spathiphyllum, consistency is key! Keep the soil of your green beauty moist, but do not overwater. Luckily, Peace Lilies can take a beating and can tolerate a short time of dry soil, but their leaves will start to brown if you neglect her for too long! Also, the Spathiphyllum is a sensitive type. The chemicals in regular tap water may cause brown leaf tips. Try using filtered, room-temperature water!
You only have to fertilise your Spathiphyllum occasionally. To encourage her to grow in spring and summer you can give her some PLNTS nutrition every 6 weeks. During winter, you can hold off on fertilising.
Spathiphyllum can't be propagated via leaf or stem cuttings, but they can easily be propagated by division during any season. It’s an easy process that gives you a new plant in 3 simple steps! Remove your plant from its pot and carefully loosen the soil around the roots. Use your fingers to pull the roots apart in search of a clump of roots with several leaves. Using clean, sharp cutting shears, cut any roots connecting the leafy section to the mother plant. Place your new plant in a fresh pot of soil and give her a good splash of water!
Most common pests on Spathiphyllum
The main pests and diseases that can affect your Spathiphyllum are aphids, mealy bugs, and spider mites. Take a close look at your beloved plant, if needed use a magnifying glass. Do you spot a sticky and glistening layer on the leaf? You are probably dealing with aphids! Are the symptoms of your plant more visible in the looks of your plant, like yellow or brown leaves? Then it might be mealy bugs or spider mites who are attacking your plant. Check our PLNTSdoctor page to recognise and eliminate your plant pests!
Are Spathiphyllum poisonous for your pets or children?
Unfortunately, the Spathiphyllum is mildly poisonous. The plant can cause stomach and respiratory irritation if ingested. Always keep your plant out of reach of (small) children and pets!
Spathiphyllum plant for sale
At PLNTS.com you can buy different types of Spathiphyllum plants, like our variegated Spathiphyllum Diamond. Whether you like your Spathiphyllum big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!