The indoor plant, also known as a single leaf, is easy to care for, robust and very popular. Even without a green thumb, the plant is a splendid decoration for many months. As a member of the aroid family, the spathiphyllum has a very special flower. This consists of an elongated piston, the actual flower, and a white bract (Latin spathe) together. With a long flowering period and low maintenance requirements, the beauty is extremely decorative for many weeks. Depending on the variety, the flowers can grow up to 60 cm high. After the decorative flowering, lush green, shiny leaves adorn the plant. The ones from the Amazonoriginating genus requires regular watering. Spraying the leaves is helpful for the vitality and health of the houseplant. You can find tips and useful information about single sheet care in this article.
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Worth knowing about Spathiphyllum
Botanical name: Spathiphyllum
Other names: single leaf, leaf flag, peace lily, sheath leaf
Use: houseplant, indoor greening, office plant, room climate plant, feel-good plant, trend plant
Flower: The actual flower is the white bulb. This is surrounded by white bracts. The bract has a long shelf life.
Leaves: dark green, shiny
Special features:The potted plant impresses with its long flowering period, which is also suitable for people without a green thumb. Decorative even without inflorescence. Filters pollutants from the air. A bright location without direct sun is best. Often brown leaf tips in dry room air. With proper care, Spathiphyllum can grow old.
In which location does the single leaf feel most comfortable?
the withered stalk can be cut off
Choosing the right location is an important part of single leaf care. Spathiphyllum prefers a bright spot in the room, without direct sun. The houseplant is susceptible to too much direct sunlight. Intense irradiation leads to brown leaves. In dark locations there is less growth, the leaves turn darker and the formation of flowers is reduced. With plant lamps, dark corners can be improved as a location for the arum plant. Temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees Celsius are ideal, and if possible not below 15 °C at night.
From the end of May the plant can be placed outside in a semi-shady place that is protected from rain. In the garden, the place for the plant can also be shady. Gradual acclimatization to outdoor conditions is important, otherwise the dark green leaves will suffer burns.
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Our gardening tip: If you want to get your Spathiphyllum to flower again, it is important that you reduce watering a little over a period of 4 to 6 weeks during the winter months. With this kind of resting phase, the tropical plant is stimulated to flower.
How do I care for my Spathiphyllum?
Single leaf care is easy and requires little time and knowledge. An even supply of water is essential for the elegant houseplant. In addition , fertilization is carried out from May to October. A repotting can take place every 1 to 2 years in spring. Leaves that are too large, brown or unsightly are removed regularly. After flowering, you can cut off the faded stalk. Use a knife that is as sharp as possible and ensure a smooth cut.
What is the best way to water my single leaf?
Proper watering affects single-leaf care. Depending on the location, pot size, substrate and temperature, watering once or twice a week may be necessary. It is important that there is never standing water, as brown leaves are the result. Let the top layer of soil dry out a bit before the next watering. It is also possible to submerge the plants. This has the advantage that the entire root ballevenly moist and the flowering houseplant is optimally cared for. To do this, place the whole pot in a bucket filled with water. Wait until no more air bubbles rise. Small plants can be showered with lukewarm water once or twice a year. If the plants are too big and unwieldy for this, wiping the dark green leaves with a damp cloth will help. This will remove the dust and help it develop well. Regular spraying with a spray bottle of lime-free water is also helpful to increase the humidity. The easy-care houseplant thanks it with lush growth and a rich number of flowers.
Our gardening tip: A humidity of 60 to 75% is beneficial for all Spathiphyllum. Together with the room temperature, the almost tropical conditions are the best conditions for the plant. Brown leaf tips are usually an indication of direct sunlight or insufficient humidity. The plant is also suitable for bathrooms with high humidity and tropical climates.
How do I fertilize my single sheet?
Spathiphyllum need regular fertilizer to grow and form new flowers. Fertilize the single leaf every 2 weeks from April to September with flowering plant fertilizer. Fertilization with liquid fertilizer, which is mixed with the irrigation water, is optimal. Spathiphyllum needs sufficient nutrients for the formation of flowers and lush green leaves. In the absence of fertilizer, the foliage is light yellow and small. The plants are not as vigorous and susceptible to pests. Fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks in autumn and winter. Fertilizing with fertilizer sticks is easy to handle. With this convenient long-term fertilization, your houseplant is supplied with all the necessary nutrients, minerals and trace elements for 3 months
Our gardening tip: If the leaves are yellow, there is usually a lack of fertilizer. Here we recommend regular fertilizing or repotting in fresh substrate.
How do I repot my Spathiphyllum?
The single leaf is an uncomplicated plant, but it is important that sufficient potting soil is available. Over time, the roots are so lush that care becomes more difficult and transplanting is necessary. Repotting creates the best conditions for growth and flowering. You can quickly see new leaves on the plant. Every year in spring, give your single sheet new soil and transplant the houseplant into a larger pot. The single leaf prefers a pH value of 5. It is important that you use high-quality potting soil for repotting, preferably structurally stable green plant soil. With us you can easily and easily buy potting soil.
Our gardening tip: By repotting, you improve the conditions for the single leaf. The existing root ball can be easily loosened with your hands and potted into the high-quality soil. After transplanting, the most important nutrients are available for a few weeks and maintenance is easier because more moisture can be stored. Repotting is like wellness for the flowering houseplant.
What pests and diseases can Spathiphyllum get?
Spathiphyllum are robust plants that are hardly attacked by pests in the optimal location. With good care, damage to the roots or leaves is rarely present. The following problems can occur:
The affected leaves have silvery dots on the upper side and webs are visible on the underside of the leaves. Spider mites appear especially in warm, dry weather. It is usually sufficient to rinse off the single leaf with water and treat it with a plant strengthener. These bio-active agents contain natural plant extracts that contribute to the revitalization of houseplants. See the Plant Doctor section for more information.
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How can Spathiphyllum be propagated?
The simplest method of propagation is division. In spring, remove the plant from the pot and carefully pull it apart. It is important that there are sufficiently thick roots on each piece. Then pot the new plants in small pots with a suitable soil mix. Sparing watering is important in the first few weeks after propagation. To achieve high humidity, a grow house or a cover over the vessel is suitable.
Are Spathiphyllum poisonous?
The arum plant is considered to be slightly toxic. All parts of the plant contain substances that irritate the mucous membranes and toxic oxalic acid. Therefore, the flower should not be consumed and should be placed out of the reach of children and pets.
How does the single sheet affect the indoor climate?
Spathiphyllum serves as a natural air purifier. It filters pollutants from the air and ensures a pleasant indoor climate. It is therefore a popular houseplant and ideal for offices, bathrooms, kitchens and much more.
Are Spathiphyllum also suitable for hydroponics?
A member of the Araceae family, it is easy to plant and care for in hydroponics. Especially in combination with stylish containers, the green leaves are a pleasure to have in the office or at home for a long time.