How to care for peace lilies

How to care for peace lilies

When it comes to easy indoor plants, it doesn’t get much easier than a peace lily. This tough plant even tolerates low light and a certain amount of neglect. However, repotting a peace lily plant is occasionally necessary, as a rootbound plant isn’t able to absorb nutrients and water and may eventually die. Fortunately, peace lily repotting is easy! Keep reading to learn how to repot a peace lily.

When to Repot Peace Lilies

Does my peace lily need repotting? Peace lily is actually happy when its roots are slightly crowded, so don’t rush to repot if the plant doesn’t need it. However, if you notice roots growing through the drainage hole or circling around the surface of the potting mix, it’s time.

If the roots become so compacted that water runs straight through the drainage hole without being absorbed into the potting mix, it’s time for an emergency peace lily repotting! Don’t panic if this is the case; repotting a peace lily isn’t difficult and your plant will soon rebound and grow like crazy in its new, roomier pot.

How to Repot a Peace Lily

Select a container only a size larger than the peace lily’s current pot. It may sound logical to use a larger pot, but a large amount of damp potting mix around the roots may contribute to root rot. It’s much better to repot the plant into gradually larger containers.

Water the peace lily a day or two before repotting.

Fill a container about one-third full with fresh, high quality potting mix.

Remove the peace lily carefully from the container. If the roots are tightly compacted, loosen them carefully with your fingers so they can spread out in the new pot.

Set the peace lily in the new pot. Add or subtract potting mix to the bottom as needed; the top of the root ball should be about an inch below the rim of the pot. Fill in around the root ball with potting mix, then firm the potting mix lightly with your fingers.

Water the peace lily well, allowing excess liquid to drip through the drainage hole. Once the plant has completely drained, return it to its drainage saucer.

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum Domino) is an evergreen, flowering tropical that has variegated white and green leaves with striking white blooms. The peace lily is most popular as an indoor plant, but you can grow peace lilies outside successfully if you live in a warm climate. If you give your peace lilies a suitable outdoor location, preferably shaded and moist, you’ll have healthy plants with beautiful flowers. Caring for a peace lily that grows outside is slightly different than one kept indoors, however.

Plant your peace lily in partial shade, where it’s protected from strong, direct sunlight. Your peace lily will flower better if it gets bright, indirect sunlight.

Plant your peace lily in either in a pot that you’ll keep outdoors or in the ground. Make sure you plant the lily in rich, well-drained soil. The best environment for peace lilies is in soil that stays moist all the time but doesn’t get soggy or pool water.

  • The peace lily (Spathiphyllum Domino) is an evergreen, flowering tropical that has variegated white and green leaves with striking white blooms.
  • Your peace lily will flower better if it gets bright, indirect sunlight.

Water your peace lily once per week, unless you’re getting adequate rainfall. Monitor the soil to make sure it isn’t getting saturated, but allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering. You should notice that the foliage is drooping when the peace lily needs water.

Fertilize your peace lily regularly. Unlike peace lilies kept indoors, outdoor lilies need a nutritional boost to grow properly. Use a general plant fertilizer and follow the directions on the package.

If you live in a slightly colder climate, you can still grow your peace lily outside. Instead of planting it in the ground, keep it in a pot and take it indoors at night and during the colder seasons.

Use peace lilies as ground cover. They make for great ground cover because they thrive in low-light conditions.

Don’t try to grow peace lilies outside if you expect temperatures to dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Peace lilies thrive in warm weather.

Don’t over-water your peace lily. Over-watering can cause root and stem diseases and even death.

How to care for peace lilies

Lots of houseplants have lush, green leaves but rarely offer a flower. One exception is the peace lily, which delivers beautiful foliage and abundant white blooms. Known by the botanical name Spathiphyllum — “spath” for short — peace lilies are undemanding plants that excel indoors. The less fuss, the better with these beauties. Provide your peace lily with its basic needs, then sit back and enjoy the rewards.

How to care for peace lilies

Understanding Peace Lily Basics

Peace lilies are native to the tropical forests of Central America and Southeast Asia. Unlike climbing monsteras, peace lilies flourish on the forest floor in rich, moist, organic soil under towering plants and trees. Thanks to plant breeders, peace lily varieties span many sizes. When selecting a plant, always check its mature size so it fits your home as it grows.

Some peace lily varieties have broad, extra dark, glossy leaves that grow more than 2 feet long and nearly a foot wide. Others have narrow, emerald green foliage one-fourth that size. Dwarf varieties, such as “petite” peace lilies, grow just 10 inches tall. “Sensation,” a mainstay of indoor plantings in office buildings and malls, grows 4 to 6 feet wide and tall. All peace lilies thrive at daytime temperatures of 68 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. 1 Avoid drafts from air conditioning or heating ducts.

Given proper care and conditions, peace lilies bloom freely year-round. Their long-lasting white blooms last a month or more. How long a peace lily lives depends on its care and environment. Many people consider three to five years an average peace lily lifespan. However, indoor peace lilies have been known to live two decades or more.

How to care for peace lilies

Caring for Peace Lilies

Understanding the peace lily’s tropical origins provides excellent clues about how to care for these plants. The more closely your growing conditions mimic its natural preferences, the happier your peace lily will be.

  • Light – Peace lilies do very well in low-light situations, even flowering with as little as two to four hours of sunlight per day. But they do best in bright, filtered, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can burn peace lily leaves.
  • Soil – Peace lilies prefer consistently moist soil. Use a potting mix designed for indoor plants that’s rich in moisture-retaining organic matter to duplicate the forest floor. Avoid mixes designed for succulents, which stay too dry for these plants.
  • Water – Never let your peace lily completely dry out and wilt, or sit in overly wet soil. Allow the soil to dry a few inches down, then water thoroughly so water runs through the pot’s drainage holes. Dump any excess water from the saucer. For best results, use water at room temperature.
  • Fertilizer – Peace lilies do best with minimal fertilizer. Give your plant a good foundation of essential plant nutrients with Pennington UltraGreen All Purpose Plant Food 10-10-10 at one-fourth the label dosage. Natural-based Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1 provides a gentle dose of foliage-enhancing nitrogen throughout the year. Don’t overfertilize; you can damage sensitive roots and leaves.
  • Pruning – Peace lilies don’t need pruning like hydrangeas or other woody plants. Prune as needed to remove dead, damaged or unattractive leaves. For brown or discolored leaf tips, carefully trim the dead leaf tissue with a pair of sharp garden scissors, following the natural leaf outline, or remove the entire leaf.
  • Repotting – Peace lilies do best when they’re slightly potbound, so don’t rush to repot. The best time to transplant peace lilies is late winter or early spring. Chose a container with good drainage just a few inches larger than the current pot. Use Pennington UltraGreen Plant Starter with Vitamin B1 to reduce transplant shock.
  • Propagating – Repotting is the perfect time to propagate. As with snake plants, simple division is the best way to propagate peace lilies. Once the plant is free from its pot, carefully pull the roots apart. The plant will easily divide into smaller root sections with several leaves each. Replant the divisions just as you’d plant small plants. Use Pennington UltraGreen Plant Starter with Vitamin B1 to help start your new plants right.

How to care for peace lilies

Troubleshooting Peace Lily Problems

Most peace lily problems trace back to improper care or conditions. Overwatering and underwatering top the list. If your peace lily starts to look unhealthy, check your watering regimen and your soil moisture and make corrections as needed.

  • Leaf problems – Sudden drooping, wilting, curling, brown or yellow leaves are likely due to underwatering. When those conditions occur more gradually, overwatering and soggy soil are typically the cause.
  • Brown leaf tips – Brown leaf tips can indicate exposure to cold temperatures, underwatering or overfertilizing your plant. A gentle nonburning fertilizer like Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1 helps prevent brown tips.
  • Flower problems – Peace lily flowers naturally change color as they age. As with poinsettias, the sail-like peace lily flower is actually a modified leaf. New flowers start green and then turn white. As they age, the flowers turn green again and then brown. When old flowers fade, simply cut them off at the stem’s base.
  • Peace lily toxicity – Peace lily leaves are toxic if eaten in large quantities. 1 Train dogs, cats and children to avoid this plant or place it out of their reach. If a pet or child ingests peace lily leaves, contain your veterinarian or medical doctor right away.

By learning how to grow and care for peace lilies, you can enjoy years of the beautiful foliage and white blooms these easy-care plants provide. At Pennington, we’re committed to bringing you the finest in plant fertilizers and timely advice. From growing houseplants to homegrown food, we’re here to help you succeed.

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Sources:

1. North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Tool Box, “Spathiphyllum,” NC State Extension.

If you’ve ever seen an article about low-light loving plants, you will probably have heard of the Peace Lily. The Peace Lily is a very easygoing plant that can survive in all kinds of different places in your house. The Peace Lily is a plant that requires little maintenance and will show you when it’s not happy. This makes it a perfect plant for beginners, but it’s also a great addition to the collection of more experienced plant owners.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you should know about taking care of a Peace lily and by the end, you’ll be able to take care of this plant with ease.

These are the topics we’re going to cover:

Let’s get right into the first topic: light requirements.

Light requirements for a Peace Lily

How to care for peace lilies

The Peace Lily is a great plant for darker places in your house. In fact, the Peace Lily should be kept in darker places, as it doesn’t do well in bright places. The ideal range of sunlight exposure is low-light to indirect sunlight. It’s best to put the Peace Lily in a spot that doesn’t get any afternoon sun, as this will be too bright for it in the summer. A spot that gets afternoon sun in the winter is also an option. Learn more about sunlight exposure in the winter. Indirect exposure to morning or evening sunlight in the summer is ideal. This sunlight is not strong enough to burn the Peace Lily’s leaves and won’t expose the plant to too much sunlight.

Yellowing leaves due to too much sunlight

When your Peace Lily gets too much sunlight, its leaves will turn light green, and after that, yellow. When you see this happening, it’s time to move your Peace Lily to a darker spot and prune the yellow leaves. Leaves that have turned yellow won’t turn green again, so it’s best to cut these leaves away, to give the rest of the plant nutrients to recover. If the leaves are still light green, they will turn back to their normal dark green color once you’ve moved the plant back to a darker spot.

Temperature

The Peace Lily is a great houseplant, as it’s perfectly adapted to the temperature the average house is during the year. So you won’t have to do anything special to keep your Peace Lily happy indoors. Do make sure it doesn’t get exposed to too much cold air, keep it away from drafts.

Watering a Peace Lily

Watering a Peace Lily is easy, as this plant is a thirsty plant. You should water your Peace Lily once per week and once per two weeks in the winter. If you’ve accidentally watered the Peace Lily a little too much, there is no problem. This plant will absorb the water quickly. As long as you give the plant enough time to absorb the water in the pot and let the soil dry out completely again, you won’t overwater this plant.

Ideally, you plant your Peace Lily in a pot with drainage holes, because then any excess water can simply escape out of the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that you never overwater your plant, not even by accident.

Drooping leaves on a Peace Lily

When you see your Peace Lily drooping its leaves, it means that it’s too dry and needs to be watered. After you’ve watered your plant, its leaves will raise up again, like nothing ever happened.

Brown tips on a Peace Lily

How to care for peace lilies

If you’ve forgotten to water your Peace Lily for too long, its leaves will get brown and crispy tips like the leaf in the photo. This is the last warning the plant is giving you to water it. The Peace Lily is not a plant that stores a lot of moisture, so it relies heavily on the moisture in the soil or Leca.

Like the yellowing leaves, due to too much light exposure, the crispy tips won’t turn green again, so you can prune these brown tips. Cutting off the dead parts of the leaf doesn’t harm your plant and improves the overall look of your Peace Lily.

The best soil for a Peace Lily

As we’ve gone over in the previous section, watering your plant, the Peace Lily is a thirsty plant that should be watered weekly. To keep your Peace Lily happy, you should choose a soil that retains the moisture for a few days to a week. The Peace Lily doesn’t store a lot of moisture in its stems, so it won’t do well if you have a soil that drains really well and doesn’t retain water for very long. Often, a regular houseplant mix or a palm mix is a perfect choice.

Fertilizing a Peace Lily

A Peace Lily is a flowering plant, as you can see in the header photo of this guide. It has slim white flowers. In order for these flowers to grow, your plant needs to have plenty of additional nutrients. If you want these flowers, you should fertilize your Peace Lily at the beginning of spring. This is when the flowers start to grow and will stick around for a few weeks. After that, the flowers will dry up and can be pruned. If you give your plant great care, it could flower again at the end of the summer. Apart from fertilizing the plant once at the beginning of the spring, there is no need to fertilize the plant again, as it doesn’t need a lot of nutrients to stay healthy. In fact, fertilizing too much could harm the plant.

If you don’t want to fertilize your Peace Lily, that’s fine too. If your plant doesn’t have any extra nutrients to grow the flowers, it will simply not grow any flowers. Your plant will still grow leaves as it normally would, but you won’t see any flowers. Using fertilizer solves this.

Common pests

The Peace Lily is quite tough on pests and is immune to a lot of them. It could get Spider mites and mealybugs, but if you keep the leaves clean by wiping them regularly, it won’t be a big problem and the pests will be gone quickly. As this plant grows quickly, it’ll recover from these pests rather quickly as well.

Poisonous to pets

Unfortunately, the Peace Lily is poisonous to both cats and dogs. When your pets chew on the leaves, it could cause irritation to your pet’s mouth and stomach. The sap in the leaves contains calcium oxalate. This will start to irritate your pet’s mouth and stomach after the first bite, which will help your pet to stop eating the leaf and avoid them being seriously harmed. However, if your pets have eaten parts of the leaves, this could cause them to salivate and show the behavior of trying to get something out of their mouth. Take these signs seriously and call your veterinary when you see this happen.

Due to the Peace Lily being poisonous to pets, keep it out of reach from them and small children as well.

Conclusion

The Peace Lily is a beginner-friendly plant that can be a beautiful addition to any plant collection. It’s a plant that thrives low-light places and purify the air while growing. They require little maintenance and are very forgiving plants. If you accidently water it too much or give it too much sunlight exposure, the plant will tell you it’s not happy. After you adjust your plant care, the Peace Lily will recover quickly and will once again be the beautiful addition to your plant collection.

These stately shade-loving plants are not only easy to care for but are excellent at cleaning the air of a home or office. Their deep green leaves and large white blooms add a touch of flair to any indoor space.

How to care for peace lilies

How to care for your Peace Lily

Use these instructions to care for a Peace Lily. This guide will tell you how to water a Peace Lily; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Domino Peace Lily

Your Peace Lily Domino will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow your plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves can burn.

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Peace lily moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Allow the top 50% of soil to dry between watering.

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Peace Lily prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Peace Lily because these areas tend to be more humid.

Your Peace Lily prefers average room temperatures from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results.

Use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Peace Lily is considered to be toxic to animals and humans.

Peace Lily

Your Peace Lily will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow your plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves can burn.

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Peace lily moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Allow the top 50% of soil to dry between watering.

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Peace Lily prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Peace Lily because these areas tend to be more humid.

Your Peace Lily prefers average room temperatures from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results.

Use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Peace Lily is considered to be toxic to animals and humans.

How to care for peace lilies

Common Issues for your Peace Lily

How to care for peace lilies

Common Issue

Why are the leaves on my Peace Lily drooping?

How to care for peace lilies

Common Issue

Why are the leaves on my Peace Lily turning yellow?

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How to care for peace lilies

What’s a Peace Lily?

Botanical Classification: Spathiphyllum spp.

About

Peace lilies are tropical evergreens that grow on the forest floor. Spathiphyllum is a genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. They’re used to thriving in lots of shade, but bloom best when exposed to direct morning light a few hours a day. Indoor plants can grow to be up to 16 inches tall.

Peace lily plants are not true lilies but are so named because their blooms resemble the flowers of the calla lily. The part of the peace lily that most people assume is a flower is actually a specialized leaf that grows like a hood over the actual flower. Their Latin name means “spathe-leaf” in English, referring to this white sheath-like leaf.

Fun Fact

The peace lily’s name is most likely a reference to the white blooms that resemble white flags of peace. They are also sometimes known as “closet plants.”

The peace lily is one of the most popular houseplants.

It adapts to places with little light, even better than others (such as begonias). Plus, they do have a very decorative flower. A flower you can contemplate in your home pond if you want it to be an aquatic plant. But what exactly is it that attracts more and more people to it? Without a doubt, your care. She’s also very grateful for the fact that, as you can see for yourself, if you decide to buy one, you’ll notice it in a short time.

In this article, we will tell you all the characteristics and care that the peace lily needs.

Key features of peace lily plants

The peace lily belongs to the class Liliopsida, order Alismatales and, therefore, to the family Araceae. It should be noted that there are different species of peace lilies, although they all have very similar characteristics and support almost identical requirements and care. The main traits that vary between varieties are the coloration of the flowers and the appearance of the leaves. There are about 36 known species of the peace lily.

This plant is ideal for growing indoors. This is because it is a plant that needs almost no sunlight to grow. It has green leaves and can grow up to a meter tall. The leaves are lanceolate in shape, sloping outward from the center. The flowers are white. They are born and grow from the stems.

The advantage of this plant is that if cared for long enough, it can last a long time. It requires quite a bit of care, so it becomes a problem for all those who are into gardening. One indicator that a plant has been poorly cared for, mostly due to failures in watering care, is that it turns a brown color or tint on its leaves.

Naturally, we can find peaceful lilies in Europe and on some Pacific islands in the wild near streams and rivers, in places with ample shade and high humidity. When we find this plant in the wild, we see that its root is usually very short.

Being able to take care of the peace lily should completely avoid the brown coloring of its leaves. Both water and fertilizer should be provided to ensure it is in good nutrient condition.

Peace Lily Care

This is a plant characteristic of the tropical zone of the American continent and the Caribbean. Therefore, it is not a plant that can tolerate frost or cold wind currents well. As such, we will look for a place where the plant is protected from any adverse environmental conditions.

For your peaceful lily to be in perfect condition, the following care must be provided:

Peace Lily Location

Being a plant that is very sensitive to the cold, it should be placed inside the house, at least in winter. As we said before, it adapts well to living in low-lighted rooms, but it will also live just fine in those that are brightly lit. Of course, it needs to be protected from drafts, both cold and warm, and direct light, as they can damage its leaves.

It only needs to be in the sun for a certain amount of time and in winter, so that it can do a good job of photosynthesis and grow in good conditions. The rest of the time it needs to be in shade or penumbra and protected from cold air currents.

Irrigation of Peace Lily

Watering the peace lily should be done from time to time. It is advisable to water a maximum of twice a week. If we want it in the pond, it will be at the highest point. The soil should remain moist most of the time. This is an indicator that we can use to know that we need water again.

If summer temperatures are high enough and the environment in our area is very dry, we can spray the leaves with a little water to keep the moisture level high. One of the main factors to consider when watering a peace lily is soil drainage. Whether we place the plant in a pot or garden soil, it must have good drainage. This way we avoid having irrigation or rainwater accumulate in the ground and get into the plant pond. These puddles can lead to the death of the roots.

Another aspect we have to be careful about over-watering is the appearance of pests and diseases. If this plant starts to have wilted leaves, it is because we have over-watered. Such overwatering can put the plant in danger of disease and pests.

Fertilizer of Peace Lily

Compost is very important for all plants. In the case of our protagonist, Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer every 20 days throughout the growing season.

Repotting of Peace Lily

In the spring we will begin to transplant it if we see that the roots are sprouting through the drainage holes. Let’s put it in a pot about 2-3 cm wider, using the universal substrate for plants, mixed with 20% perlite.

Frequently asked questions about the peace lily

Some people wonder if peace lilies are poisonous. It should be noted that this plant is not toxic, as is the case with traditional lilies. Therefore, there is no need to worry about keeping the plant out of the reach of children and pets. Just be careful, as they contain microscopic calcium oxalate crystals, which cause excessive salivation in the mouth and some discomfort in the throat if ingested.

Another frequent question from users who sow myrtle lilies is whether the flowers are long or short. This plant usually develops its flowers in the spring and lasts several weeks if well cared for. Since the plant is evergreen, it doesn’t always bloom at the right time. So don’t worry if it doesn’t bloom at the appointed time.

Hopefully, with this information, you can learn more about the lily of the world.

How to care for peace lilies

One of the most beautiful house plants in the plant world is the Peace lily. The deep, dark green foliage and bright white flowers are signature trademarks of these wonderful plants. As perennials, they bloom all year round! Their leaves reach an average of 12 inches long, and the white snowy blossoms can make an appearance at any time.

Peace lily plants are often given as gifts for graduation parties, social gatherings, weddings, and birthdays. They became known as representing peace. This is partly because of the calming aromas the plant puts off as well as its bright white flowers (white flags are known internationally as the sign for a ceasefire in wartime).

There are a few main aspects about caring for this wonderful plant that you will want to make sure you have a basic understanding of. They are lighting, soil conditions, watering, and the use of fertilizer. Even with a basic understanding of the conditions ideal for a Peace lily, you can be relatively confident your plant will flourish for years to come!

4 Considerations for Optimal Peace Lily Care

  1. Lighting
  2. Soil
  3. Watering
  4. Fertilizer

Ideal Peace Lily Care Conditions

Low light is better, avoid direct sunlight.

Quality soil with good aeration and drainage.

Don't over saturate the soil. High humidity areas are preferred (i.e. in a steamy bathroom).

Fertilize sparingly. It's easy to over do it. Brown leaves = too much fertilizer.

General Care Tips

Wet the leaves on occasion. A light mist or wipe with a damp cloth.

1. Lighting

Peace lilies are hardy plants and usually adapt to their environment. They thrive in low light and are not to be put in direct sunlight. Too much sun causes the plant to be stressed and results in the leaves turning yellow and brown. Natural light is a favorite of this plant, but they have been known to thrive in rooms without any windows. It is vitally important to keep them from cold drafts and freezing temperatures.

2. Soil Conditions

Potting soil should be of high quality. It should be well aerated with additional sand in the mixture. Allowing drainage holes in the pot will help prevent the roots from rotting, which is a common issue with these plants. A yearly check is advisable to make sure the plant has not become root-bound. If this should become a problem, gently loosen up the roots with your fingers while transplanting to a bigger pot.

3. Watering

The most common cause of killing any plant is over-watering. This is especially the case with the peace lily. This particular plant really thrives in a bathroom. Steamy bathrooms really quench their thirst and they don't mind the low light conditions (see lighting section above). The key to watering the plant is to spread out the watering sessions. Check the dampness of the soil about every week. If the top of the soil feels dry, it's time to give it some water. A rule of thumb is to give the plant enough to drink, but don't saturate it.

How to care for peace lilies

The peace lily is a plant often grown as a houseplant, as it needs warm temperatures all year long. It can bloom two times a year so that it produces flowers for several months of the year. It thrives in zones 11 and 12. The blooms are large, white flowers and the leaves are a glossy, deep green.

The peace lily is an air-filtering powerhouse, filtering out more pollutants than the average plant. They will grow as high as 3′ as a houseplant and 6′ if grown outdoors in a warm climate.

Light and Temperature Requirements

Peace lilies in nature are tropical plants that like plenty of shade, but when grown as a houseplant, they need a different arrangement. Indoors, they need filtered light rather than direct sun or shade. If the leaves turn pale and curl up, it indicates that it is getting too much sunlight. Getting a lot of direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.

The plant should be placed in a warm location away from drafts. The best temperature range for the peace lily is from 65 to 80 degrees, and it should be kept away from any temperatures of 55 and below.

Watering

Peace lilies need plenty of water, but they also need a high level of humidity. They should be watered often enough so that the soil never completely dries out. Water it less often in the winter, but don’t allow the soil to dry out. These plants also need to be misted regularly to raise the humidity level for them. Every week, mist the leaves with water that is either distilled or soft. When watering the plant, use filtered water if your water has a high level of chlorine. A water test can tell you more about your water.

Soil & Fertilizing

The soil of the peace lily should provide both good drainage and hold onto moisture. Make sure it is in a pot with excellent drainage. In potting soil, using a mix that is heavy on peat moss is best. It should also contain perlite and/or coconut fiber to further hold onto moisture. It should also have rocks, bark, or sand to allow for good drainage as well as sufficient aeration. In the summer, you can add slow-release fertilizer pellets to the soil, but don’t add any fertilizer during winter. The soil pH should stay between 5.8 and 6.5.

How to care for peace lilies

Deadheading and Pruning

After flowers have died, they can be deadheaded both for the plant’s sake and for aesthetic considerations. Removing the dead flowers will push the plant to keep flowering.

The peace lily generally needs regular pruning to get rid of dead or damaged foliage. When the flower bract dies, prune it partway down the stem to encourage the growth of more of them. When the leaves begin to fade and yellow, prune away those leaves from the base of the leaves rather than in the middle of these leaves. Use pruning shears rather than scissors, as scissors are often too dull to cut the foliage efficiently. Here are some fantastic pruning shears!

Toxicity

The peace lily is beautiful, but like many plants, it is also toxic. It can be especially hazardous for cats and dogs to eat. Once you have pruned away faded leaves and dead flowers, be sure to gather every part of the pruned material and dispose of it so that pets won’t be able to access any of the material. When you choose the best place for your peace lily, be sure to keep it in a place that will restrict access to it by pets.