March 6, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
The term "Sick Building Syndrome" is defined as an "acute incidence of indoor air pollution that can occur in closed or poorly ventilated offices and residences". Many energy efficient homes meet that definition.
Numerous studies conducted by the EPA and other orgainizations have found measurable levels in modern homes over 107 known cancer causing agents. The switch to energy efficient living and working environments and no longer opening the windows keeps us in contact with these VOC’s (volitile organic compounds).
The methods and products used in modern homes and offices today contain amounts of known cancer causing chemicals. In extreme cases, buildings get labeled as "Sick Buildings" when they hold these high levels of contaminants. Exposure can result in a many symptoms of sickness exhibited by the people who frequently use them.
The effects of contact to these cancer causing VOC’s in low doses over a long time period is unknown. Will this exposure result in increased incidences of cancer?
NASA research suggest indoor house and office plants may reduce substantially the amount of exposure to common VOC’s you experience in your daily routine. The NASA research and a growing amount of supporting research point toward the benefits of live plants to help improve indoor air quality in modern home and office buildings.
The chemical Trichloroethylene or (TCE) for example is used in paints, printing inks, adhesives, lacquers and varnishes. The National Cancer Institute reported in 1975, an unusually high incidence of hepatocellular carcinomas in mice given TCE by gastric intubation. The chemical TCE is now considered a potent liver carcinogen.
Look around your home or office; new desk, carpets and other items can help in making you "sick". Plants may prove to be one of the answers to assist you in feeling better.
The peace lily comes is roughly 3 sizes – small, medium & large. Each have their own unique place as an indoor house plant. Spathiphyllum ‘Annette’ TM is one peace lily selection that meets the “small” criteria.
“Annette”™ could be described as a “petite type” with dark green and exceptionally shiny foliage. It is right at home in a small 4 to 6 inch pot making it a excellent choice for small areas. Keep it away from high light!
April 24, 2008 by admin · Comments Off
The Peace lily is a indoor house plant with ‘Mojo’ – but what is Mojo? According to the American Hertiage dictionary “mojo” is something with – A magic charm or spell. When it comes to house plants the Peace lilly or Spathiphyllum when in full bloom carries much as much charm as any indoor plant.
This variety of peace lily called ‘Mojo’ comes from AgriStart. Complete with rich dark green leaves looking like satin.You can see the flowers stand straight up with blooms balanced about the foliage.
One plus is that ‘Mojo’ is a real eye-catcher in small 6 & 8″ pots making a great addition to any home or apartment.
January 8, 2008 by admin · Comments Off
The popular “Peace Lily” is know for a variety of things:
- Lots of White Flowers
- Removing Toxins Indoors
- Dark Green Leaves
- Plants to fit a wide range of sizes
- Popular around the World
- Easy Care
White or cream colored stems has never been one of the items on the list – until Now!
Spathiphyllum “White Lightning” is one peace lily from Agri-Starts that features all of the above qualities but also shows off the “white leg” stems.
December 8, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
The Peace Lily is only one of the many varieties of house plants to choose for use indoors to liven up a room. One disturbing area isâ€¦ you may never see some of these houseplants. Simply because the local nursery or garden center doesn’t want to try something new or they just may not know about it.
Here’s another Spathiphyllum to consider. I know I can hear you already…. Another Spathiphyllum… isn’t a spath, is a spath, is a spath. To some extent you’re correct.
Peace Lily care and pest control is basically the same and they all fall into the plant category of top air cleaning houseplants. Plus, all of them have green leaves except for the occasional variegation and white flowers.
As new plants are introduced they are being bred more specifically for certain characteristics or market needs. Spathiphyllum ‘Figaro’ fills the need for a flowering, dark green, large leaf variety in 10-14 inch pots currently not available today, on top of all that it’s durable.
It’s a Dutch Hybrid developed by K.P. Holland. Since Figaro’s release in Europe during 1998, it has carved out a significant niche in the “Florist quality” Spathiphyllum Market.
Grown primarily in 8 and 10 inch pots for use by Interiorscapers and for Flower Shop sales across Europe. This award-winning selection received the award for the BEST FLOWERING PLANT at the Dutch Horti-Fair in 1999.
This peace lily has made the trip across the Atlantic and can be found in select or more upscale garden centers.
October 2, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
As you can see from the picture this peace lily – Spathiphyllum ‘Allison’ shows off a pot full of well shaped dark green leaves and highlights the white sail blooms. More and more Peace Lillies are being developed for use as table top plants.
I’ve often found that large plants take up way to much room. By combining a nice decorative pot or container it’s easy to multiply the “show off” potential. Pest do show up on Spathiphyllum but control is easy, plus they double as a natural air cleaner…
September 23, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
One of the biggest reasons the peace lily is so popular and widely used is because they can be used in lower light levels. Fluorescent lights can provide enough light – and intensity – to produce beautiful houseplants as direct morning sun can.
Use caution when pacing the Spathiphyllum where it will receive direct western exposure. Hot, afternoon sun does have a tendency burn – those lush green leaves, and not burn turn theme to a lighter green with a yellowish cast. Filtered afternoon sun is fine.
September 18, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
The Spathiphyllum has come a long way in from only a few varieties being grown in the 60′s and 70′s. The peace lily is not only a popular plant in the US and Canada but around the world. It’s popularity has created such an interest that today you can find dozens of spath varieties grown around the globe.
Below is a list of “known” varieties… some of which are no long in being grown. Some carry the distinction of being patented, trademarked, carry registered names or a name the “breeder” wanted to use to brand their plant. If the names of some do not seem familiar they may be grown or available in other parts of the world. Wherever they live or variety grown the Peace lily is a top player in the battle of – sick building syndrome.
This list will be updated as new varieties are made available:
Spathiphyllum Alfa CD US Pat.#10,823
Spathiphyllum Aziza US Pat.#12,257
Spathiphyllum BabyFace TM
Spathiphyllum Blue Moon US Pat. #9,958
Spathiphyllum Burtoni US Pat.# 4,545
Spathiphyllum Ceasar US Pat.# 11,476
Spathiphyllum Carolynia US Pat. #5,188
Spathiphyllum Ceres US Pat.#8,844
Spathiphyllum Ceres – Hi Ho Silver‘Ceres’ ‘Hi Ho Silver’
Spathiphyllum Classic Viscount
Spathiphyllum Claudia US Pat.#12547
Spathiphyllum clevelandii ‘Merry’
Spathiphyllum clevelandii ‘Tasson’
Spathiphyllum Cody’s Color
Spathiphyllum Connie US Pat.# 11,986
Spathiphyllum Daniel US Pat.# 8,655
Spathiphyllum Del Rio
Spathiphyllum Domino US Pat.# 9,944
Spathiphyllum Don Juan
Spathiphyllum Double Take PPAF
Spathiphyllum Emerald Beauty PPAF
Spathiphyllum Emerald Swirl US Pat. #8,389
Spathiphyllum floribundum Florimini
Spathiphyllum floribundum ‘Mini’
Spathiphyllum floribundum ‘Misty’
Spathiphyllum floribundum ‘Silver Streak’
Spathiphyllum Florida Beauty PPAF
Spathiphyllum Flower Power TM US Pat. #10,786
Spathiphyllum Frederick US Pat.#10,246
Spathiphyllum Galaxy US Pat.#12,051
Spathiphyllum Gale’s Green
Spathiphyllum Gigant US Pat.#7,657
Spathiphyllum Gigant (EURO-GIGANT)
Spathiphyllum Golden Delicious
Spathiphyllum Gorgusis No. 1
Spathiphyllum Grand Dad US Pat.#12,384
Spathiphyllum Green Velvet
Spathiphyllum Himalaya US Pat.#10,542
Spathiphyllum Illusion US Pat. #9,942
Spathiphyllum Jetty US Pat.# 9,957
Spathiphyllum Johnson’s Pick
Spathiphyllum Jumbo US Pat.#12,374
Spathiphyllum Jungfrau US Pat. #10,627
Spathiphyllum Kalypso US Pat.#12,039
Spathiphyllum Kelly US Pat. # 6,144
Spathiphyllum kochii Clevelandii
Spathiphyllum Leprechaun US Pat. # 8,130
Spathiphyllum Little Angel US Pat. #10,627
Spathiphyllum Lord Nelson
Spathiphyllum Lynise US Pat. #6,145
Spathiphyllum Maria PPAF
Spathiphyllum Marion Wagner
Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa
Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa ‘Alice’
Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa ‘Linda’
Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa Superba
Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa Supreme
Spathiphyllum Max US Pat. #9,958
Spathiphyllum Maxey TM PPAF
Spathiphyllum Merry US Pat.# 6,386
Spathiphyllum Metallic Queen
Spathiphyllum Mini Merry
Spathiphyllum Nurit US Pat.#11,729
Spathiphyllum Patrice TM US Pat. #9,901
Spathiphyllum Petit Daniel
Spathiphyllum Phoenix US Pat. # 6,874
Spathiphyllum Pollux US Pat.#10,541
Spathiphyllum Power Petite TM PPAF
Spathiphyllum Prestige US Pat.# 8,539
Spathiphyllum Pretty Parrish
Spathiphyllum Princess US Pat. # 7,635
Spathiphyllum Queen Amazonica
Spathiphyllum SensationÂ® US Pat. #6,964
Spathiphyllum SensationÂ® JR PPAF
Spathiphyllum SensationÂ® Mini PPAF
Spathiphyllum Showpiece US Pat.#10,748
Spathiphyllum Sierra TM US Pat. #9,677
Spathiphyllum Silver Streak
Spathiphyllum Snow White US Pat.# 7,712
Spathiphyllum Sonya TM US Pat. #10,013
Spathiphyllum Sophia US Pat. #12548
Spathiphyllum Spalifa US Pat.#12,388
Spathiphyllum Sparego US Pat. #11,457
Spathiphyllum Sparkle US Pat. # 8,367
Spathiphyllum Stephanie US Pat. #9,943
Spathiphyllum St. Mary’s TM
Spathiphyllum Sunlight TM US Pat. #11,121
Spathiphyllum Svend Nielsen
Spathiphyllum Sweet Benito
Spathiphyllum Sweet Chico
Spathiphyllum Sweet Claudio
Spathiphyllum Sweet Dario
Spathiphyllum Sweet Double
Spathiphyllum Sweet Elegance
Spathiphyllum Sweet Evita
Spathiphyllum Sweet Lauretta
Spathiphyllum Sweet Marco
Spathiphyllum Sweet Pablo US Pat. #10,817
Spathiphyllum Sweet Pancho
Spathiphyllum Sweet Rosita
Spathiphyllum Symphony TM US Pat. #8,849
Spathiphyllum Taylor’s Green TM PPAF
Spathiphyllum Ty’s Pride TM
Spathiphyllum Valentino US Pat. #13,670
Spathiphyllum Vanessa US Pat.#10,897
Spathiphyllum Vicki Lynn PPAF
Spathiphyllum Viscount TM
Spathiphyllum Viscount Prima TM
Spathiphyllum Vivaldi US Pat.#10,921
Spathiphyllum White Angel
Spathiphyllum White Baron
Spathiphyllum White Beauty
Spathiphyllum White Butterfly
Spathiphyllum White Elegance
Spathiphyllum White Flag
Spathiphyllum White Freedom
Spathiphyllum White King
Spathiphyllum White Lady
Spathiphyllum White Lightning
Spathiphyllum White Lilliput
Spathiphyllum White Moon
Spathiphyllum White Princess
Spathiphyllum White Queen
Spathiphyllum White Success
Spathiphyllum White Sympathy
Spathiphyllum Yellow Stripe
September 17, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
The popular Spathiphyllum or as most people know it the “peace lily” is used and thought of primarily as a indoor houseplant. But the Spathiphyllum can also make a great ground cover in tropical landscape designs.
Don’t expect the peace lily to bloom as profusely in the landscape but the snow-white spadix add a nice pop to the deep green background of foliage and add some interest to the groundcover planting. If you plan on using Spaths as a ground cover the plants will need somewhat shady conditions planted in a rich soil that holds some moisture… but does not stay wet!
The best selection would be the dwarf varieties which reach a height of about 2 feet and a spread of 12 – 18 inches. The larger spathiphyllum varieties could also be used in the landscape as stand alone specimens.
September 16, 2007 by admin · Comments Off
The Peace lily one of the most popular air cleaning houseplants grown today and is a member of the Araceae family. The family includes many other great indoor plants and toxic removing plants such as Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen), Anthurium (Flamingo flower), Caladium (use outdoors), Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant), Golden Pothos and Philodendron.
During the early 70â€™s only two varieties or hybrids of the Peace lilly was grown, Spathiphyllum ‘Clevelandii’ and the hybrid Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’. However, since the 1970â€™s the selection, production, and popularity of Spathiphyllum has exploded. Spathiphyllum is relatively easy to grow in the nursery in a can be grown in a wide range of pot sizes and plant size.
Most produce showy white flowers sitting above its dark green foliage. In fact, the Peace lily has actually moved from being used and known as a foliage plant which had some flowers to a plant now known and grown for flowers. Although Spathiphyllum is grown in pot sizes from 3â€ -17â€ inches, the 6â€-10â€ are the most popular for growers and homeowners. Spathiphyllum is grown not only the the United States but around the world.
Showy White Flowers!
Through in-house breeding programs and tissue culture laboratories new varieties are being introduced regularly. Tissue culture allows new varieties to come to market quicker in larger quantities. New cultivars may serve niche markets and/or be produced for specific growing area or better pest resistance.
Whatever the reason there seems to be and endless supply of new â€œpeace liliesâ€ which are hardier, hold more flowers and “besting” older varieties. The simple fact remains that the Spathiphyllum is a great indoor plant, cleans the air indoors and holds up very well indoors while providing tropical beauty for a long period time.