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Araceae

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Araceae. You will also find all the Araceae species we offer in our assortment.

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If you have ever seen an Anthurium, you have already met a member of the Araceae family. This is a family of unique plants with mainly foliage plants, but also plants with a unique flower.

The Arum family (Araceae) consists of 114 genera and around 3,500 species of plants. This family consists of several thousand species that occur in the tropics (Old and New World) and northern temperate climates. They are striking and popular due to their leaf shape or inflorescence (called spadix). The flowers usually have a single leaf-like, strikingly coloured or white bract that attracts attention.

Indoor plants of the Araceae family are Philodendron, Dieffenbachia and Alocasia. Many flowers from members of this family emit a scent to attract bait insects that help fertilization by transporting pollen from plant to plant. The sense of smell of insects is better than that of humans. We ourselves are not bothered by the smell, we only find that some species smell stronger than others.

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Care tips

Place

The Araceae works best in a light place, out of direct sunlight. Some species also do well in light shade. They should certainly not get direct bright sunlight.

Temperature

The Araceae plants that we offer are house plants and therefore they do well at room temperature (17-24°C). The temperature may not be warmer than 30°C in Summer. During the night it can cool down to around 16.5 - 18.5°C. Also ensure that the air temperature does not go below 15°C at night.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 40% and 80%. This differs per species within the gender.

Water

Araceae prefer a slightly moist potting soil, but they cannot withstand too much water. Therefore, give the plant small amounts of water regularly. This way the soil is kept slightly moist without creating a layer of water in the pot. How much water has to be given at a time depends on various factors, such as the humidity and the season. Therefore, give small amounts in the beginning and only do this when the soil starts to dry up.

Misting is not a good idea with these plants. This can stain the beautiful leaves and that would be a shame.

Fertilizer

During Spring and Summer, the Araceae plants need fertilizer every week. It is not necessary to feed the plant during Autumn and Winter. Make sure you never give too much fertilizer. This is because it is harmful to the plant. Pay attention to the information on the package, and never use more than the recommended amount.

(Re)potting

If you want to repot the plant because of its growth, do so in a somewhat larger, especially wider pot. It is best to do this in Spring. Make sure there are shards at the bottom of the pot to provide water drainage. The plants prefer a somewhat acidic, airy potting soil such as peat.