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The single leaf, which is very popular as a houseplant - botanically correct also called Spathiphyllum - is considered to be very easy to care for. However, the plant is quite tricky when it comes to choosing a location: if it is too dark for it, it will not bloom.

The single leaf likes bright locations without direct sun

Bright but without direct sunlight

Spathiphyllum comes from the tropical rainforests of South America, where it thrives under the protection of the jungle giants. There, at its natural location, the single leaf is used to only indirectly bright light - the plant does not get direct sunlight due to the dense canopy of leaves. You should recreate these natural conditions in your living room so that Spathiphyllum feels comfortable with you. So choose a place that is as bright as possible but not directly sunny - putting the pot directly on the window sill is out of the question. In principle, the single leaf also gets along very well with shady and semi-shady places, although it will not bloom in a location that is too dark and will only grow a little.

Ensure high humidity

You should also ensure that the humidity is as high as possible, because in the rainforests - which are not called that for nothing - there is a humidity of at least 70 to 100 percent. For this reason, the single leaf also feels most comfortable in a daylight bathroom. If, on the other hand, you place the plant in the living room, you should air it out frequently and also spray the plant regularly with rainwater or stagnant tap water. This also serves as a preventive measure, because if the room air is too dry, Spathiphyllum is often attacked by spider mites or the red spider.

You should consider this when positioning the Spathiphyllum:

  • bright cookie
  • no direct sunlight
  • partially shaded to shaded also possible
  • Single leaf will not flower if it is too dark
  • high humidity


With regard to the substrate, it is best to choose potting soil that is rich in nutrients and humus.

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