Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, peace lilies are some of the easiest and most forgiving indoor plants you can grow! These stunning flowers can quickly adapt to almost any environment, and this peace lily plant care guide will show you just how to do that! One of our favorite things about the peace lily is that it purifies the air, making it an excellent companion to your home or office.
And, while you may think their flowers are stunning, they’re actually not flowers, but rather specialized leaf bracts that grow hooded over the actual flower. Keep reading to find out more about peace lily plant care!
Peace lilies are tropical evergreen plants that grow on the forest floor. This is because they enjoy dappled light and consistent moisture. Try to replicate these conditions in your home, and you will have a thriving and happy peace lily!
These house plants will usually produce white flowers in early summer and will also continue to bloom throughout the year. The regular houseplant variety will grow to about 16 inches in height, but larger, outdoor varieties, may grow as tall as 6 feet in height.
Because peace lilies are not cold hardy, they should only be grown indoors, where the air is warm and humid. Alternatively, if you live in a tropical or subtropical climate, they can be grown outdoors.
If you have pets or small children, it’s good to keep the peace lily away, since it is actually poisonous. They contain calcium oxalate, which is a substance that can cause stomach and respiratory problems if ingested.
Peace Lily Plant Care
Peace lilies can do well without or without light, but depending on the amount of light they’ll receive, they’ll also look different. Medium to high light will make its flowers bloom, making it more of a showstopper, while low to medium light will make it more a foliage plant. Whichever type of light you have though, the peace lily will still thrive and work hard to purify the air around you!
While peace lilies don’t care too much whether or not you give them sunlight, they certainly DO care if they’re been over watered. In fact, one of the most common ways for a peace lily to die IS because of over watering, so it’s always best to under water than over water. Instead of watering once a week like you would with most plants, check the soil – if it’s dry, go ahead and water it, but if it’s moist let it be. Water the plant deeply, taking care not to wet the leaves.
Another important thing to know about peace lilies, is that they’re very sensitive to the fluoride found in tap water. Use room temperature, filtered or distilled water instead.
Because peace lilies like a lot of humidity, they make great bathroom plants. If not, mist the leaves once a week.
Fertilize only once or twice a year – peace lilies do not need more than that. Fertilizing will encourage spring and summer growth.
Keep the lilies in a warm environment, above 60F (16C), and away from drafts and cold areas. Also keep them away from direct sunlight, but DO keep them in a well lit area.
Peace lilies will also benefit from re-potting or dividing once they’re outgrown their container. Use a good quality potting soil or potting mix. You’ll know they’ve outgrown their medium once they start drooping less than a week after being watered as well as crowded, deformed leaf growth. If re-potting, move the plant to a pot that’s at least 2 inches larger than its previous pot.
Peace lily leaves tend to attract a lot of dust, so you’ll need to gently wipe or wash them once or twice a year. This will also help the plant to process sunlight easier.
How to Grow Peace Lilies in Water:
Did you know that you can grow peace lilies in water? You might see them being sold in vases without any soil. To do this, suspend the base of the plant above the water line, using small rocks or an insert. This will allow the roots to grow into the water, while keeping the base and its leaves away from wetness, which can cause root rot.
My Peace Lily is Not Flowering:
If your peace lily is not flowering, it usually means it’s not getting enough sunlight. Although they’re tolerant if low light, that does not mean they can tolerate no light.
Encourage white blooms by moving your peace lily plant to a brighter location with indirect sunlight.
Flowers that are green are often caused by over-fertilizing. If this is the case, cease fertilizing immediately. Remember that peace lilies are not heavy feeders. Also, try switching your fertilizer to one made for flowering plants. These usually have higher amounts of phosphorous which is essential for blooming.
Peace Lily Pests and Diseases:
Brown leaf tips are usually caused by too much direct sunlight, improper fertilization, as well as a lack of water and/or humidity.
Yellow leaves can indicate overwatering as well as underwatering and old age (older leaves).
Scale and mealybugs can appear on the plant if given the opportunity. Make sure to take the time and regularly wipe down the leaves with insecticidal soap or soapy water to keep them at bay.
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