BOTANICAL NAME: Spathiphyllum
COMMON NAME: Madonna Lily / Peace Lily
DESCRIPTION: Dark green leaves with basal growth habit (clumping) with flowers like white sails held erect on stiff stalks above the leaf cluster and spadix with elevated knobs.
LIGHT/POSITION: Usually require medium to high light to flower well but avoid intense exposure to sun or sunny windows as wilting results. Photosensitive – needs to be turned regularly.
WATERING: Keep moist to wet, depending on light. Tends to brown at tips of leaves if kept constantly wet. Recovers well after drying out.
CLEANING: Keep free of dust – light oil polish if no direct sunlight on leaves.
PESTS: Rarely a problem but spidermite and mealy bug are pests to be on the look out for in hot dry air conditions, or damp dark positions.
DISEASES: Not usually a problem, although root or stem rot can occur if plants kept constantly wet.
FERTILISING: Rarely required in interiorscape.
PRUNING: Remove spent leaves and flower stalks and cut out spadix when ripe with pollen to avoid talcum powder look on leaves.
PRESENTATION: Used on its own or mixed in a mini-garden. This plant always appeals.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Small varieties commonly used are: Wallisii, Clevelandii, Petite and Starlight. Medium forms are: Tasson, Lynise, Queen Amazonica. Taller forms are: Mauna loa, Mauna loa Supreme, Sensation.