I have many aroids in a 200 l (44 gal) tank, they
grow under 2x30W AQUA GLO fluorescent light.
Spathiphyllum doesn't need so much
my 2 plants grow on a northern window and they
bloom all year long.
I don't know how it is in USA, in Europe almost all
Spathiphyllum plants available in shops are cultivars and hybrids of
S. wallisii. I have a collection of photos scanned from various
catalogues, books and magazines, for me they all show the same plant, just
The only cultivars I can identify are 'Domino' or
'Gemini' - with variegated leaves,
'Sensation' - the largest one and 'Chopin' - very
small with green spathe tips.
There are also yellow leaved cultivars,
but their inflorescences look the same, so they
must come from one species (S. wallisii),
S. floribundum and other species
inflorescences are different.
Photos of pure species you may see
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Subject: [Aroid-l] I need to borrow a
I have a page on my website that I have been
researching for several years. I need a photo of a large group of
Spathiphyllum (Peace lilies) growing in water as they do in
nature. I don't care if the photo is from a botanical garden or was
taken in South or Central America but I would love to know the species shown
in the photo. If that is not possible, please show it us us
Every time I try to explain to folks on one of two plant
discussion sites these plants love water I get blasted! Dr. Croat told
me himself these species are "water hogs" and thanks to Pete Boyce I have
collected and read all the papers I can find that explain how they grow in
nature. The only paper I can't find is George Bunting's paper which is
now close to 30 years old. If you have it in PDF format, I'd love to
have a copy.
I grow a group of Spathiphyllum in a 55 gallon aquarium
under very bright light (330 watt) and they grow great, There roots are
in no soil at all, just inside plastic cups made for mounting plants for this
purpose. The leaves commonly grow so high they begin to block the
lights so we are constantly removing them.
People refuse to even look
at my photos if they believe these species love to grow in a dry pot of
regular potting soil in a dark corner and be watered once every other
week. I am constantly told they should not be watered until they are
begging for a drink! That makes no sense for a tropical plant species
and neither does dark light due to the requirement for photosynthesis to
produce their own food. Yep, I fully understand they also grow naturally
in shade but a great deal of the colony lives in brighter light and if I
understand it correctly they are able to share nutrition through their
Here is the page I would like to post the photo on and I will
gladly credit you as desired or your institution if you are with a botanical
garden. I know the New York Botanical Garden once had such a display but
I don't know if it still exists. I would really like the photos in color
but if black and white is all you have send them anyway.
complain on the internet all the time that their plants aren't doing well but
when porous soil is discussed and any mention of water and light is made some
people just go ballistic and refuse to listen (not counting the "nice"
things they say). I have a second large colony in my atrium that is now
over 20 years old that spread a full three feet and the rhizomes are
I would really appreciate your assistance! If you have
more than a single photo please post them here or send me a note. By the
way, the pair of angles recently laid eggs and we had to give away most of the
babies once they got to the size of a nickle. Two babies now live in the
tank as well. You can see the spathes at the top of the tank. The
"Peace lilies" love to grow in water!
I always enjoy knowing if there are errors on my site! Just be sure and
document why the facts are incorrect. I do my best to document
everything as you will see if you read the page.
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