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Why is my spath fat & wide instead of tall & full?

Ask the Expert: Why is my spath growing out? My spath is located 13 feet from my southeast window receiving medium light for about 2hours in the mornin, then low light the rest of the day. It’s growing by spreading and getting wider with new growth smaller than the older leaves. I’ve seen others in florists that grow up and out; mine is growing just out. What’s causing this? Or is this a species that grows this way?
Susi

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  1. Susi,

    There are many different types of spaths (spathiphyllum commonly known as peace lily). I have had wider varieties and the taller more slender varieties. I have found that, with both, the new leaves a smaller to begin with. If you want a large leaf spath you might try the peace lily variety called ‘Sensation’. If you want a taller more slender variety, I think the peace lily variety know as ‘Lynise’ might work.

  2. Melissa V Newsome says:

    I was told to put ice cubes in my peace lily does that help or hurt it

  3. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Ice cubes are definitely an option for watering your plants! Since ice cubes will melt slowly, this provides the plant with plenty of water without drowning it and gives it more time to absorb the water it needs.

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