Monday, June 13, 2011

How to Care for Your Spathiphyllum

What do I do with it now?

So you've just received a new plant and now you need to know how to keep it alive right? Well the spathiphyllum is an easy care plant that can go by many names- spathiphyllum, spath, peace lily, or what we commonly call it in our flower shop, a closet plant. But don't be fooled by the name, you can't really keep it in a closet if you expect it to live.

The spath is a tropical flowering plant in the same family as the antherium. It have long medium green leaves and grows a white bloom. Generally it is grown as a house plant. The spath or closet is know as an air purifier and it helps remove toxic chemicals from the air like formaldehyde.

Caring for your closet

The closet plant likes low-medium light and high water. It's best to water with room temperature water, generally once a week allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering. Lightly misting the leaves at most twice weekly will also be beneficial because the closet likes high humidity. Cold drafts will harm this plant as well as direct sunlight. Remove spent blooms to ensure continued blooms. Black leaves mean over watered. Poor drainage, too frequent water, or standing in water will cause root rot. Re-pot your plant every 2-3 years to ensure a long lifetime with your hardy plant

Ideas for sending a closet plant to your friends

Closets are one of our most popular plants and we can decorate them up any way you can imagine. Armatures (like the one above) and trellises can be made out of bamboo, curly willow, or birch wood (see above). Whether its fun and bold like the first picture, natural like the armature or inspirational like the picture below, we can create something for everyone. Our only limit is your imagination.

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