Repotting a Spathe Flower / Problem with clay pots
bae at cs.toronto.edu
Wed Mar 5 10:32:32 EST 2003
In article <ORB8a.3966$cE4.350 at twister.nyroc.rr.com>,
Jenny Rizzo <jenrizzo at nycap.rr.com> wrote:
>I have a spathe flower (spathiphyllum) in my office that has quadrupled in
>size in the past year and a half. It flowered for the first time a few
>months ago. Early last fall I re-potted it in a pretty clay pot (it had
>been in a plastic pot). Now it seems to require more frequent watering,
>possibly because of the porus pot. Also, the plant has lost it's nice shape
>and is growing irregularly since the re-potting. Is the irregular growth
>typical of this type of plant as it matures? Would you recommend against a
>plastic pot for any reason? Also, I'm thinking if I get a plastic pot
>that's deep that may help the plant from drooping (of course being dry is
>likely the cause of the drooping).
I recommend you repot using a plastic pot. Spathiphyllum is a bog or
marginal plant in nature, and I've had the smaller forms flourish with
their crowns under a few inches of water in a terrarium. They recover
fairly well from wilting, although the most wilted leaves will usually
die. They probably die down during the dry season in nature.
Not sure what you mean by irregular growth, but these plants develop
multiple crowns, and under non-uniform conditions, they will be less
symmetric. Turning the plant a quarter turn every week may help compensate
for non-uniform light direction.
>The plant is in my office and even after Friday afternoon waterings, it's
>staring to droop by Monday morning. Can't move the plant home because of
>the cats (I'm concerned about the flower's irritants to the skin & mucous
Instead of a shallow saucer, use a round plastic dishpan.
Clay pots don't usually work well in heated homes and offices except for
succulent plants. They dry out much too quickly in the low humidity, and
all the extra water required makes salts build up in the soil much faster,
especially if you have hard water. If you want to reuse your nice clay pot,
you could put a plastic pot with another plant inside it. Other plants
that do well in offices are pothos (nee' Scindapsis, now Epipremnum),
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) and spider plant (Chlorophytum sp.).
Spathiphyllums, also known as 'peace lilies' for some unfathomable reason,
are great office plants. They flourish and bloom with limited light, and
are very forgiving of occasional neglect.
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