Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’

Family: Araceae

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is my favourite Peace Lily.  This magnificent cultivar is an absolute thing of beauty complete with utterly gorgeous, giant sized, ribbed, glossy green leaves.  I’ve been head-over-heals in love with Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ since I first spotted this plant – it was love at first sight.  My love and affection for this plant has lasted; I adore Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plants just as much today as when I first saw this plant.  Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is the largest Peace Lily I know of.  It’s a souped up version of the more commonly seen Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii); Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is the giant form with adorable foliage that displays a visible sheen and prominent midribs; this Peace Lily also produces larger sized white flowers.

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is a large plant.  Don’t underestimate the amount of space you need to comfortably accommodate Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’.  My Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ that you see pictured measures 1.5m (5ft) tall and 1.5m (5ft) wide.  I am growing my Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant in a corner of a room to contain the spread of my plant’s leaves to a certain degree.  I removed all the plants I was growing around my Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant to take this picture and give you a clearer view of this giant Peace Lily, but usually I surround this plant with plants that enjoy the shade from the large Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ leaves and thrive in similar temperatures and humidity levels.  Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ enjoys humidity and benefits greatly from being grown among plants and misting the foliage with room-temperature or tepid rainwater in the mornings.

Grow Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ in a warm room, where your plant will enjoy stable temperatures that will not fall below 15C (59F).  Avoid growing this Peace Lily near your front door or in a draughty room, where the temperature fluctuates.  It is important to remember that this is a tender plant.  Ensure Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is never exposed to winter temperatures that fall below an absolute minimum night time temperature of 13C (55F).  If it’s at all possible, please keep your plant in a warmer room.  My Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant is thriving inside my home where the temperatures usually range from 16-21C (62-69F) in wintertime, and from 18-28C (64-82F), in summertime.  When you are deciding where to position Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’, avoid placing this plant close to an oven, stove, open fire, fan, or any device that will dry or cool the air.

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plants thrive in a fairly humid environment.  I grow my Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant as part of a group of houseplants that enjoy similar temperatures.  Having other plants in close proximity helps to raise the humidity levels around the plant and creates a more beneficial growing environment for all my plants.  My plant would be in pristine condition if I managed to remember to mist my Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant’s leaves every morning; sadly, I don’t always manage this.  During weeks that I have spent more time using my laptop and less time with my houseplants and my hand held mister, I can almost watch this Peace Lily’s leaves puckering up in real time.  I would advise misting Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ foliage every morning, if you can but misting this plant’s leaves a few times a week would greatly improve the growing conditions for Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’.

I prefer to mist and water my houseplants with rainwater because tap water contains salts that are detrimental for plants.  I always recommend watering plants with rainwater if at all possible.  I collect rainwater from the roof of my home, my greenhouse roof, and my shed roof and bring the rainwater indoors to acclimatise to room temperature for 48 hours before use.  When Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plants need a water they will start to droop their leaves.  Take care to water your Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant as soon as you notice the plant’s leaves sagging.  Before your water, touch the compost with your finger to check the moisture levels, as this will help you get to know your plant and determine when to water.  It is best to water your Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plant before it shows signs of severe distress, but it’s vital to get the balance, as these plants don’t want to be watered too often; over-watering is just as bad for plants as under-watering.  Push your finger into your plant’s compost to accurately determine the moisture levels below the surface of the compost, and only water when the compost is drying out (but ideally before the compost is dry).  I prefer to use the spout of my watering can or hand held mister and water the compost around my Peace Lilies.  In summer time, I may very occasionally water my plants gently and lightly from above, but I would always advise watering Peace Lilies by watering the compost around the plant.  I recommend avoiding aiming water into the centre of the plant.  Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plants require fewer waterings during autumn and wintertime; during this time it’s important to ensure you use room temperature or tepid water.

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is a versatile houseplant that will grow happily in a room that enjoys bright, indirect light.  I’ve also grown Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ successfully in an area with lower light levels.  These houseplants are incredibly versatile and will be happy growing in most rooms, but Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ won’t flower as readily when grown in shade; as the plants require brighter light for maximum flower production.

Repot Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ plants in springtime.  Take a pot that is one or two sizes larger than the plant’s previous container; choose a pot with holes at the base to allow water to run out of the bottom of the container.  Having holes in the base of the pot also enables more air to reach your plant’s roots, which is essential for your plant’s health.  Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ thrive in peat-free composts.  I have grown these plants successfully in composts containing blends of homemade garden compost, peat-free bagged composts, leaf mould, composted bark, and coir.

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