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Chlorophytum Comosum

Originally, the Grass Lily (or Chlorophytum comosum) comes from South Africa where it grows as a ground cover. In South Africa, there are as many as 65 different species of this iron-clad plant.

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Originally, the Grass Lily (or Chlorophytum comosum) comes from South Africa where it grows as a ground cover. In South Africa there are 65 different species of this very strong plant. Since the 19th century, the Grass Lily has been found in living rooms all over the world. The Grass Lily also has several nicknames such as; Zebra grass, Flying Dutchman or Sprite plant.

The leaves of the Grass Lily are spindly (just like grass), and they can grow up to 45cm long. The leaves have green edges and a white heart. Besides the fact that you  can place this houseplant very nicely, it will also do well as a hanging plant.

The Grass Lily is an easy room plant to maintain. Without having to do much for the Grass Lily, you get a lot of this houseplant back. 

Watering the grass lily

As mentioned, the Grass Lily is an easy to care for houseplant. You should water the Grass Lily two to three times a week in the summer months and in the winter months once a week will suffice. This houseplant likes a moist surface but be careful not to give it too much water. The Grass Lily is better to be a little too dry than too wet. With too much water, he will get wet feet and this increases the chance of root rot, of course you want to prevent this! In spring and summer the Grass Lily has its growth period, in this period the houseplant is developing and needs water more often than in the autumn and winter months. If you forget to water the Grass Lily once, this is no problem. This houseplant has fleshy roots that are able to store water. So if you forget the Grass Lily once, it will break its reserves.

The amount and frequency of watering is different for each Grass Lily and depends on different factors such as; the ambient temperature, the light intensity and the size of the pot. We advise you to keep an extra eye on the Grass Lily in the first weeks after purchase and to check the potting soil regularly. If you notice that the soil feels a bit dry 3 days after a watering, you can give it a bit more water next time. However, if you notice that the soil is still very wet after 5 days, it is better to water less at a next watering.

Spraying the grass lily

The Grass Lily likes a somewhat higher humidity. When the humidity is too low, it will lose its ornamental value, its leaves will turn brown and its color will fade. Of course you want to prevent this! That is why it is good to help the Grass Lily with this by spraying it regularly.

Air purifying effect of the Grass Lily

The Grass Lily is one of the best air-purifying plants that exist. According to NASA, the Grass Lily removes 95% of the bad substances from the air. Without you having to worry much about this houseplant, it is always working for you to improve the air quality. You would almost want to put a Grass Lily in any room!

The best location for the Grass Lily

The Grass Lily loves the necessary light and warmth, but the full sunlight is just too much of a good thing for this houseplant. We recommend that you place the Grass Lily near a north-facing window or else in a place with indirect sunlight. If this does not work, you can also place the Grass Lily in a darker place. A consequence of this is that the leaves of the Grass Lily will also become darker in color and the leaf drawing will become less visible. It is also important that you do not place this houseplant near a heater. The Grass Lily likes high humidity and a heater ensures dry air. Also put this houseplant in a draft-free spot, this reduces the chance of pests. In terms of temperature, you do not have to take this houseplant into account, in the summer months you could even place this houseplant in the garden. Make sure that it does not stand in the bright sunlight. And perhaps more importantly, don't forget to bring it in when the temperatures drop again.

Help! The leaves of my Grass Lily are discolouring

Even though the Grass Lily is an easy houseplant, it can always happen that it does not have a good time. When this is the case, he will show this through his leaves. When the leaves of the Grass Lily start to droop, this is a sign of too little water. In this case, do not give him a large amount of water at once but give him small amounts several times, so that the Grass Lily can absorb the water better. With too much sunlight, the leaves will become pale and will no longer have a powerful green color. If there is too little sunlight, the leaves will no longer have a leaf drawing and no new leaves will grow. In this case, move the Grass Lily to another place and it will automatically recover.

Is the Grass Lily a poisonous houseplant?

Another nice side effect of the Grass Lily is that it is absolutely non-toxic, a real child- and animal-friendly room plant . However, the spindly leaves of the Grass Lily are inviting for cats. So if you have cats and you want to keep the leaves beautiful, we advise you to place the Grass Lily out of reach of your cat (s).

Even though the Grass Lily is not poisonous, we always advise against consuming the leaves or incorporating them into food.

Pruning the Grass Lily

In addition to brown points, the leaves of the Grass Lily can also get yellow leaf tips. Many people think that this is when you touch the leaves, however, this is not true. These yellow points are unfortunately part of it and are difficult to counteract. Leaves that are ugly or discolored can be cut off!

Giving the Grass Lily extra nutrition

The Grass Lily is a houseplant that likes to get an occasional 'nutrition boost'. Especially in the summer months he likes to get a cap of the plant food. Add this cap of plant food to the water you give it during a watering. Do not do this too often, at most once every two weeks but once a month is also sufficient.

We do not recommend that you give the Grass Lily extra nutrition in the winter months. In the winter months, this houseplant consumes less energy and then it will not be able to absorb the nutrients, so that it remains in the ground. The food is quite acidic and if it is not absorbed by the plant it will affect the roots.

Repotting the Grass Lily

We recommend that you repot the Grass Lily once every two years. The Grass Lily will probably grow to a height of about 30 centimeters in your living room. By repotting this houseplant, it will also grow in width and get a fuller appearance. If you are going to repot the Grass Lily, we advise you to do this in the spring. Any damaged roots can recover better in these seasons. We recommend that you take a pot with a diameter that is at least 20% larger than its predecessor. When repotting, just use universal potting soil and if you have a high container / pot, we recommend that you use a bet cover. This insert cover prevents the water from rotting at the bottom of the pot, which can eventually lead to root rot.

Common diseases in the Grass Lily

The Grass Lily is somewhat sensitive to pests such as spider mite and louse. When you notice this, you could initially spray the plant with a somewhat harder jet. If this does not work, we recommend that you treat the Grass Lily with a chemical or biological pesticide.

Propagating the Grass Lily

The Grass Lilies are known to be easy to propagate, there are three different methods to do this. However, tearing is the most successful method of propagating the Grass Lily. Cracks can be done when the Grass Lily has grown to the size of a cauliflower. We recommend that you multiply in the spring when the Grass Lily has a lot of vigour and can restore its roots well. Remove the plant from its pot and tear off a piece of the root ball, this can take a lot of strength and sound 'painful' due to the tearing roots. No worries, if you then put both plants in your own pot and take care of them as always, they will completely pull.

Buy a Grass Lily at Green Bubble

Are you looking for a beautiful, healthy and strong Grass Lily as a houseplant? Then you've come to the right place at Green Bubble! The moment you buy one of our Grass Lilies, you naturally want a beautiful and fresh plant. At Green Bubble we work directly with growers so that we can guarantee the freshness of our houseplants. We strive to deliver healthy and high-quality plants to our customers every day. This way you will get your houseplant delivered as fresh and as well as possible!

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