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Sick Spathiphyllum


Question: sick spatifillo


My spatifillum the brownish and yellow leaves are coming out and some of them seem to have a burnt tip. my brother-in-law told me that there are insect eggs in the soil what can I do to cure the plant?

Sick Spathiphyllum: Answer: sick spatifillo


Dear Eleonora,
the yellowing of the spatifillo's foliage is often due to excessive watering: these plants love a cool and humid climate, but they fear water stagnation, especially if prolonged over time; if the soil in the pot remains for a long time soaked and saturated with water, the roots do not have the possibility of exchanging gaseous with the outside, and tend to "suffocate", in addition to this, tinned water favors the development of tiny mushrooms, which attack the roots and make them rot. If in addition to this you have noticed beetle larvae (these are usually beetles, and often give problems in early spring, and not in summer), the problem may be exacerbated by their presence, because they usually feed on the roots some plants. The first thing to do is to repot the plant, removing all the earth it has now attached to the bread of roots; then remove the plant from the pot, and clean it well from the exhausted earth, if necessary rinse it under running water to remove all the earth; during this operation it avoids ruining the healthy roots, but if you notice dark and soggy roots, cut them away, using a well sharpened and disinfected scissors. So take a new pot, or thoroughly wash the old one, disinfecting it with a little bleach and rinse it thoroughly (a nice brush with a laundry brush never hurts); take some new soil in the nursery, specific for houseplants, and repot your spatifillo. Remember that your plant needs to be placed in a bright area of ​​the house, but without the presence of direct sunlight, which could burn the leaves. The spatifillo is watered when the soil is dry, which could happen every day in the middle of summer, but once a week (or less) in the fall and spring. The best thing to do is to insert your fingers into the substrate, if you feel fresh and moist, it should be watered for a day. Avoid keeping water in the saucer, in contact with the earth and the roots; but to increase the environmental humidity, you can place the pot in a saucer, holding it up with expanded clay: on the bottom of the saucer always keep a little water, which does not come into contact with the bottom of the pot; in this way the water will evaporate, increasing the environmental humidity, but without interfering with the water of the watering.