Plant Guide

Peace Lily Care

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Spathiphyllum spp

Nickname : Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a very common (and trendy) houseplant that has dark, green leaves as well as white flower that poke out through the leafy arrangement.

Because of its medium size and versatile aesthetics, peace lilies can be arranged in any kind of interior design and still look amazing.

One particular attribute that people love about peace lilies is their proficiency in filtering pollutants, making it a great indoor plant and bedrooms. 

Nasa actually did a Clean Air Study using indoor houseplants and the Peace Lily made the cut!

How to take care of Peace Lilies

Peace lilies can thrive in medium to low light with partial sunlight. Definitely keep it exposed to sun a little during blooming season (spring) so that you get a nice bloom of white flowers. 

When watering a peace lily, water it enough to keep the soil mosit once it is dry, or when the leaves start to droop a little bit. Never keep watering if it's moist.

The plant is very forgiving when underwatered and will pop back up from its drooping state - as if nothing happened. 

The peace lily is a tropical plant, meaning it prefers high levels of humidity. It can definitely survive low humidity, but will thrive in higher humudities. If the leaf edges turn brown, supply more humidity by putting it on a gravel+water tray so that the water evaporates upwards.

You can fertilize peace lilies once or twice a year.  You can use any general-purpose fertilizer; peace lily isn't particular as to types or brands.

Finally, peace lilies are extremely toxis to cats and dogs so definitely make sure to not have them around if you have either!

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Humidity

40-60%

These plants will do fine in a lower humidity setting but will thrive especially if you increase it a little bit with regular spraying of warm water

Light

Partial Sunlight / Shade

Water

Water at least once a week to keep the soil moist. Mist the leaves during the summer growing season. This plant can be sensitive to chroline so make sure your water system doesn't contain too much chlorine. A good rule of thumb also is to let the leaves droop a little bit before watering since peace lilies are very forgiving.

Temperature

65-85Β°F

Plant Food

A good quality, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer would work great. Look for a product with a balanced ratio, such as 20-20-20, diluted to one-half or one-quarter strength. Be sure to water after feeding your peace lily to distribute the fertilizer evenly around the roots.

Pests

Compared to other house plants, the peace lily is relatively immune to insects and diseases. While they can get spider mites, aphids and mealybugs, owners generally keep these pests under control with regular wiping of the leaves. If pests invade, spray plant with insecticidal soap. 

Pet Toxicity

Toxic

Repotting

Fill in around the root ball with potting mix, then firm the mix gently with your fingers. Water lightly to settle the soil, and then add a little more potting soil, if needed. Again, it's important to situate the plant at the same level it was planted in its old pot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Partial Sunlight / Shade

Unlike a lot of houseplants, peace lilies actually prefer growing indoors and not in heavy direct sun. They like shade with partial sunlight from a nearby window. 

Around 2 Months

Blooms last for two months roughly in the spring and will have a short period of non bloom. They will have a chance to bloom again in autumn if they are taken care of.

Peace lilies typically like being grown indoors, but there are certain spots outside where you could grow them. Fix a shady spot in soil that's consistently a little moist and you should have no problems.

Yes

Peace lilies are extremely toxic to both dogs and cats.

The best thing to do when you've overwatered a peace lily is to stop watering and relocate it to a place with a lot of sun so that you can dry out the soil. After that, you probably will want to inspect the roots for root rot and repot the plant.

Leaves drooping (not dropping) means that your peace lily is underwatered!  

 A good rule of thumb is to wait until the leaves droop a little bit before watering to ensure that you never overwater. We can do this with peace lilies because it is a very forgiving plant (unlike other plants) and will quickly bounce back from being underwatered to being happy.

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Peace lilies like to be misted, especially throughout the summer to keep the leaves nice and moist.

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