A relative of anthurium, this Colombian beauty is a staple in every home. This plant rewards you with wonderful white, sail like blooms from late spring to late summer.
Bright light best described by South, South East or South West facing window. Avoid direct sunlight. Tolerates shade best described by North, North East, North West window, but it may not flower.
Keep moist but not soggy from April to September. Reduce water during winter month but don’t allow soil to dry out.
Humidity and temperature
Mist once a week with a fine mister using lukewarm water. During winter, give the leaves a wipe with a damp cloth. Do not allow the temperature to drop below 12°C (55°F).
Feeding and repotting
Feed from April – September with a liquid fertiliser every two weeks. From April - May propagate by division.
Quick guide to common problems and how to deal with them.
This plant is toxic to pets and children.
Brown and black patches on the leaves.
Draughts and cold cause the plant to go into a shock. Check for any cold air currents and move the plant out of the way.
Droopy leaves, that are yellowing.
The plant is dehydrated. It is most likely has not been watered in a while or has not been watered enough.
Crispy, brown leaf tips are a sign of low humidity. Mist the plant with a fine mist using lukewarm warm water.
Stunted growth, yellowing soft and limp leaves with a soggy centre.
A sign of over-watering. Some plants may present this with water-soaked spots or blisters known as oedema.
Take the plant out of its plant pot and place on a saucer to allow for air circulation and a chance for the plant to dry out. Take this opportunity to investigate any damage to the roots. Healthy roots are turgid and white.
If the stems near the soil are soggy and show signs of rot, the damage has gone quite far.
It is likely that the plant is not receiving enough light.