Who Doesn’t Love Aroids?

Aroid is the common name for members of the Araceae family of plants, sometimes known as the Philodendron or Arum family. The sometimes beautiful and sometimes bizarre combination of spathe and spadix are known as the inflorescence, and sometimes referred to as a “flower”, is a distinguishing feature of all aroids.

Aroids come in all different sizes from the extra-large corpse flower to the desk-sized peace lily. You can usually spot them by their colorful, spiky blossoms. Each aroid blossom is made up of numerous tiny flowers clustered together on a “spadix,” that’s found within a curved, leaf-like “spathe.”

Some aroids have special talents, like being able to generate their own heat or being propagated in water. This family has long been swamp-dwellers that we’re able to adapt to regular floods, one of the reasons they’re an easy-care houseplant.

Many aroids have the same preferences, so they do well grouped together and make for easy beginner plants. These plants prefer medium light but will tolerate low light. Too much direct sun can cause them to get a sunburn. They should be watered about once a week, allowing the top 1-2” of potting mix to dry out in between waterings.

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