Re: SAFE HOMES FOR TROPICAL SHADE PLANTS
- Subject: Re: SAFE HOMES FOR TROPICAL SHADE PLANTS
- From: Rand Nicholson <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 09:57:39 -0500 (CDT)
Ron Isles wrote from Erin at 05/05/01:
>| Hi Rand!
>| Are you THE major tissue culture fellah? If you are, you got over 21 US
>| cultivars I need to buy? Say "Yes"..........PLEASE!
Sorry, I am not.
>| Small, and 25 years old? Rather old, that's an understatement surely?
>| years...one plant becomes thousands and thousands usually. Is yours
>| plastic and you didn't realise?
It is just well groomed and well behaved.
>| Yellowing? I can only guess wildly. Is it pot bound and needing root
>| systems divided?
> Spaths should NEVER have direct sunlight. South West window, my God!
This must be the cause of the leaf yellowing. It is an otherwise
healthy plant and well cared for.
> Perhaps he'll email Ron and tell him my name but
>| maybe he doesn't know that?
This most likely is Spathiphyllum "Wallisii" which was being sold in
supermarkets as "White Sails" and some nurseries as a "Peace Lily" at
the time. I got this one in a 2" pot at a supermarket (checked the
name later at a nursery) even though it was sick, browning and
covered with spider mites. It had one small, cinnamony, glistening
white spathe on it and I figured that, for 25 cents (CDN), it was
worth a rescue. I knew nothing about Spathiphyllum or aroids at the
> I do hope he splits me up so there'll be a
>| of children
The children have gone far and wide.
> and I hope one of 'em will go to Ireland
You most likely have this. It is very common commercially.
> TWENTY FIVE YEARS in prison and I'm innocent!
More like part of the family. He is well fed and fat and a bit of a show-off.
>| you have CERES or "Mini" or ANY other "common commercial" Spaths in your
>| local supermarkets or plant emporia? They are as rare as hens teeth over
I am not sure, but I will have a look next time they stock them. They
are presented in a rather arbitrary fashion over here. One week it is
all Mums and the next it could be cactus. I suspect it is a
Ron Isles did scribe _again_ from Erin at 05/05/01:
Hi Again "Unkl" Ron:
>Sorry it was Rand not Randy!
This is correct; my name is _Rand_ short for "Randolph". Whether I
am, or am not randy (a peculiar bit of British slang), is a personal
matter best left to the imagination. Be assured, however, that
Spathiphyllum do not make me randy. Although, they do give me a warm
> AND I'd go pale in fright and not want to
>flower and fumigate you if you put me in South West sun in May even if it
>was shaded a bit! Huh! Telling Unkl Ron about how you treat me!
The plant is now moved to a more comfortable, shadier spot, but still
displayed prominently where all can view it's tidy foliage and smell
the sweet cinnamon fragrance produced by it's charming white spathes.
I promise to never subject my "White Sails/Peace Lily" to an
overabundance of sun again (or, indeed, to any sun, lest I risk ire
>now on I'll stop smelling like pineapple and pretend I'm a corpse flower
I had two Amorphophallus konjac blooming (remember) in the same room
as the Spath. All are welcome (if not appreciated by some of my
aroidically challenged friends).
> Twenty five years! Am I not the World Pot Record?
It outgrows the pot, very slowly, and I cut it back, repot, and pot up the
cuttings for instant plants. The old stems kick into gear, rather
quickly producing new offshoots and the cycle repeats. A most
obliging Spath, it never misses a beat through repotting and all this
fussing, and the cuttings rarely even toss a leaf, but just start up
Thanks for the info.
Rand - OOPSS!
(Organization Opposing and Preventing Sunburned Spathiphyllum)