Moonflower: maintenance, watering, repotting

Moon flower (Spathiphyllum wallisii) looks like arum (Zisedeschia) but also with anthurium (Anthurium andreanum) if not the color: this perennial rhizome is a very popular houseplant, native to the tropical regions of the Philippines, Indonesia, and South America. The hardiness of these plants is limited to a minimum of 10°C.

Moonflower (Spathiphyllum), false arum - Houseplant

Its evergreen dark green leaves are lanceolate, glazed, with pronounced midribs, which gracefully emerge from the center of the plant.

The inflorescences are renewed almost year round, they are inflorescences – hence the name Spathiphyllum – white or cream with narrow green and white central groove, carried by very long peduncles. They are 10 to 20 cm long. The larger the plant, the more flowers it will flower. Gradually, the blue spot turns green before dying.

Its growth is quite fast and it has a long life thanks to being raised quite easily. Be careful because ingesting all parts of the plant will make you sick. In addition, it is classified as a decontamination plant because it will absorb pollutants from the air.

  • Family: Araceae
  • Type: indoor plants
  • Origin: South America, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia
  • Color: creamy white
  • Sow: yes
  • Cut: no
  • Planting: spring
  • Flowering: mainly in summer
  • Height: 60 cm to 1 m

Ideal soil and exposure for growing Spathiphyllum in pots

Spathiphyllum should be planted in lush, nutrient-rich, well-drained garden soil, and it will be placed in direct sun but in light or partial shade. Spathiphyllum does not like drafts, ideally it should be in a visible environment between 12 and 24°C.

However, if the (hot) climate allows you to grow plants in the ground, choose cool, humus-rich and well-drained soil in the shade.

Dates of sowing, division and repotting Spathiphyllum

Seedlings can be germinated at 21°C in spring but it is better to divide the roots when the shoots have died after winter, in early spring. Divided portions should be kept in a dark place until they grow back. This division helps to preserve the vitality of the tree, which can be done every 3 or 4 years.

Repotting is done in the spring as soon as the plant is cramped in the pot, possibly annually.

Spathiphyllum maintenance and culture board

Water once or twice a week while maintaining high humidity from spring to fall: it is advisable to spray as well as place the pot on gravel. In winter, it is recommended to let the soil dry from 2 to 3cm before watering.

Cut off dead flower stalks and dead leaves at the base.

Diseases, Pests and Parasites Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum is very easy to grow, it has no real enemies but can be attacked by aphids or spider mites.

Spathiphyllum, Simple Houseplant

While the soil is still moist, Spathiphyllum can combine with other plants with similar needs to form a beautiful composition. Otherwise, it prefers to be isolated in a pot.

Type Spathiphyllum count about thirty species among them Spathiphyllum wallisii most often found in interiors: its dimensions do not exceed 60 cm and wide, while Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’ is a hybrid up to nearly 1 meter long, with pure white spots.

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