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Spathifillo


Question: spartifilium


my spartifilium plant has small leaves and grows little what can I do?

Spathifillo: Answer: spartifilium


Dear Claudia,
the reasons why a plant remains very small are various, and generally depend on the conditions of cultivation; if the plant is healthy anyway, without ruined foliage, it means that the waterings are correct and the environmental humidity is sufficient, as well as the lighting. The other element that influences the development of a plant is the availability of mineral salts in the soil, in fact, as is also the case for humans, in addition to sunlight, plants also need some mineral salts to be able to develop better, otherwise growth is stunted, as happens to children when they do not include foods rich in mineral salts and vitamins in their diet.
The first thing to do is to repot your spatifillo; if the roots tend to come out of the vase, you can choose a container a little larger than the one in which the plant is now, without exaggerating, because these plants do not like to find so much space in which to grow; in the nursery he buys a good universal soil, rich and soft, which is also able to slightly hold moisture; fill the vase well and insert the plant, taking care not to ruin the root system; every so often, while repotting, lightly tap the container on the table, to allow air to escape, thus avoiding the formation of harmful air pockets.
Once repotted the plant starts again with your normal watering; in about a month you can also resume with fertilizing, given that in general the soil is already fertilized. Also choose an excellent quality fertilizer, specific for green plants, so that it contains a good amount of nitrogen, less phosphorus and potassium; nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the macroelements necessary for plants, the quantity contained in the fertilizer is indicated by numbers close to the abbreviation NPK (N = nitrogen, P = phosphorus, K = potassium). In addition to macro elements, plants are also very useful for various microelements, such as Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn); a good quality fertilizer in addition to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, should also contain these microelements. Fertilizers are usually supplied every 12-15 days, from March to September, dissolved in the water used for watering. If you are a guy who forgets about fertilizers, try to mark the days on which you should add them to the water; or, instead of a fertilizer to be supplied periodically, choose a slow release fertilizer: these are products in granules or bars, to be buried slightly on the surface of the pot; a single supply lasts for at least four months, and dissolves progressively with each watering.