Apartment plants

Spathiphyllum - Spathiphyllum

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A spoonbill in the house

The spatifillo is one of the most widespread plants in apartment growing in Italy; it is a herbaceous plant, which therefore does not produce woody stems: from the roots directly develop long arched, spatula-shaped leaves, 40-70 cm long, of an intense green color, slightly leathery and wrinkled, carried by long semi-rigid petioles; throughout the year stems are produced among the leaves which bear a small panicle of white flowers, gathered in a spatice, as happens for example in calla lilies; also in the Spathiphyllum the spatice is wrapped in a spathe, or in an enlarged bract, of white color. The type species has candid white flowers, but there are varieties with lilac or pinkish flowers, uncommon.


How it is grown

Spathiphyllums are perfectly adapted to apartment life, in fact they love places that are not excessively bright, which they can safely find in our homes; in the wild they live in tropical rain forests, therefore they generally prefer a fairly humid climate. In the house the air tends to be very dry, therefore let's raise the humidity by often vaporizing our Spathiphyllum, and also the other plants that we grow in the apartment; to increase humidity, we place the pot of our spatifillo in a tray containing expanded clay immersed in water, which will constantly release humidity into the environment. From March to October we water the Spathiphyllum regularly, while we thin the waterings during the winter; in general the soil must always remain slightly damp, but not soaked with water. Every 10-12 days we supply fertilizer for flowering plants, stopping fertilization during the winter.

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