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Spathiphyllum is one of the most common houseplants. Often called Peace Lily or White Flag, they are often given as flowering gift plants. Spathiphyllum is one of the few indoor plants that will continue to bloom, even under the light conditions available in the home.

Spathiphyllum houseplant


The Spathiphyllum can be anywhere from 12 inches tall to over 5 feet tall, depending on the variety. It has an upright, clumping growth and, with the right care, will produce white flowers or spathes throughout much of the year. Additionally, when not in bloom, it makes a fantastic foliage plant.

While I did not include it in my list of ten best house plants, it is still a great plant for indoor use. Spathiphyllum just requires a little more attention than those on the list.

Place Spathiphyllum in the brightest, indirect light you have available. It should not be positioned in hot, direct sunlight for extended periods of time as your Spathiphyllum will most likely fade and scorch. Some morning sun would be great and provide bright light through the rest of the day.

The more light you can provide the Spathiphyllum the more likely it is to continue flowering. You can keep a Spathiphyllum in lower light but it will require less frequent watering. It will also be unlikely to flower much, if it flowers at all.

To help keep your Spathiphyllum flowering, keep it a bit pot bound. Removing older foliage and flowers as they begin to fade is also beneficial. Occasionally allowing it to dry out almost completely is going to help keep the root system and the plant healthy. A healthy plant is going to produce more new growth, including flowers.

Watering Spathiphyllum - Plant should be watered thoroughly and then allowed to dry down about 1/4 to 1/2 of the soil depth. Do not allow to dry completely. It will wilt dramatically if allowed to do so. Keep moist in the spring and summer. Please see the sections on watering and lighting for important care information.

An occasional application of water soluble plant food will also aid in flower production. Use sparingly as it is easy to damage a plant, especially a potted plant, with too much fertilizer. Never apply fertilizer to a dry plant, always water first then feed. Use less than recommended amounts.

Remove flowers as they begin to discolor, fade or spot. The older leaves of the Spathiphyllum tend to yellow and get black or brown tips over time, so I make it a habit to remove a few of these every month. Removing older growth on most plants will help promote new growth and will help keep your plant pretty, green and gorgeous. Keep the wide leaves clean and dust free by wiping them gently with a dry cloth.

Spathiphyllum flower

Spathiphyllum flower

Removing the pollen producing spike in the center of the flower will prolong flowering. It will also eliminate the messy pollen that would otherwise fall. This is one of the few flowers that makes me sneeze and I am not allergic to anything else. So if you have allergic reactions, you should cut this part of the flower out before it begins to release pollen.

Like any other plant, the Spathiphyllum can have insect problems. I have seen them with fungus gnats, mealybugs, mites, scale, thrips, aphids and whitefly. A mild solution of water and dish soap to wash off the pests should be effective. Put your plant in the shower and wash it off if you prefer, just keep the water at room temperature. It is a good idea to repeat this once a week for three to four weeks.

Houseplant questions or problems? You can send a houseplant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

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