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How to Care for Your Peace Lily

How to Care for Your Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a hardy houseplant that can bloom all year. It's also a perfect go-to gift plant for your family and friends! Learn how to care for your Peace Lily plant with our easy guide.

If you are looking for a houseplant that can literally brighten up any room in your home, I would say that it's the Peace Lily. It's beautiful, easy-to-grow, and one of the top air-purifying plants that you can get for a fairly cheap price. It's actually a long-time favorite bedroom plant of mine because it doesn't require a green thumb to keep it happy and healthy.

Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum originated from the rainforests of Central and South America. It's a tropical plant that's often mistaken as a member of the lily family. However, the Peace Lily plant is actually from the Araceae family of plants similar to the Monstera and Philodendron, which are also popular low-maintenance houseplants.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Peace Lily plant is known as a representative of peace? Yes, the white flower is the symbol of the white flag or signal of a ceasefire. Feng Shui experts also believe that the Peace Lily plant converts negative energies to positive, which is why it is highly suggested to place the plant at your home or office.

The Peace Lily plant is popular for its creamy white flowers and glossy oval leaves. This plant can grow between 1 to 4 feet tall and wide. However, some types can reach a height of 6 feet. It can also cope with low, natural light but prefers bright, indirect light.

If you're planning to add a Peace Lily plant in your home, it's best to keep them away from children and pets, especially from your cats because it contains oxalates which can irritate your pet's mouth and stomach. With the right fertilizer, light, soil, and watering, you can expect that your Peace Lily plant will be alive for a long time.

Here's everything else you need to know how to care for your Peace Lily plant.

Botanical Name Spathiphyllum
Common Name Spathe Flower and White Sails
Plant Size As floor plants, it can grow about 3 feet tall and wide. Its leaves can grow about 10 inches long.
Types of Peace Lily Plants Spathiphyllum 'Golden Delicious', Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa Supreme', Spathiphyllum 'Mojo', Spathiphyllum 'Power Petite', Spathiphyllum 'Sensation', and Spathiphyllum 'Starlight'
Sunlight Peace Lily prefers filtered light or light partial shade. It can also tolerate fluorescent lights. Avoid placing your plant under direct sunlight because it can result in scorched leaves.
Water Water at least once a week and keep the soil moist, but not wet.
Humidity As a tropical plant, your Peace Lily likes humidity. It will appreciate a good misting, especially during the summer. It's also best if you can place your plant near a humidifier or on a tray of pebbles.
Temperature Peace Lily prefers a consistent temperature from 65–80°F.
Toxicity The Peace Lily plant is toxic to both humans and pets.
Food Feed your Peace Lily plant with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer diluted by half. It's recommended to water your plant after feeding to spread the fertilizer evenly around the roots.
Pests and Problems Peace Lily is relatively immune to insects and diseases. However, it can still get common insects like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Eliminate these pests by regularly wiping the leaves or by spraying the plant with insecticidal soap.
Omysa Plant Care Tip Place your Peace Lily plant either in a North or West facing window or as long as it's in a warm area in your home where it will benefit from indirect sunlight.

Peace Lily Plant Care Tips

Similar to the Philodendron plant, your Peace Lily is a forgiving houseplant. It will tolerate all sorts of neglect, as well. However, if you want to see this plant bloom, follow our complete guide of how to care for your Peace Lily plant, from sunlight requirement to common problems and its solutions.

Sunlight

First, on our list on how to care for your Peace Lily plant is to put it in a warm spot where it will receive bright indirect sunlight. Avoid placing your plant under direct sunlight because it will result in scorched leaves.

Common Problem: If the leaves of your Peace Lily plant are turning yellow, this means it's getting too much light or very low light.

Solution: As a tropical plant, it’s best to place your Peace Lily in a warm well-lit spot, where it can get bright indirect sunlight.

Water

Next on our list on how to care for your Peace Lily is to water it at least once a week, or wait for the plant to droop slightly before watering. Your Peace Lily plant will sag a bit, the main sign that it needs water. It's also best to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Common Problem: If the leaves of your Peace Lily are turning brown, this means you are overwatering your plant. However, if the leaves are drooping, this means that your plant needs more water.

Solution: It's pretty easy to fix the common problems of the Peace Lily, especially with the watering issues. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to wait for the plant to droop slightly before watering since this plant is sensitive to overwatering. Water your Peace Lily at least once a week and keep the soil moist, but not wet.

If you forgot to water your plant for a while, we advise that you water and spritz right away. This will help your Peace Lily to revive quickly. Also, never use tap water because this plant is sensitive to chlorine. If possible, the best solution is to use a water filtration system. However, if it’s not available, leave the water in an open container overnight. This will evaporate the natural chemicals like chlorine.

Humidity & Temperature

Adding to our list on how to care for your Peace Lily plant is to place it in a humid environment. It's also best if you can mist it often, place it near a humidifier, or use a pebble tray. Also, your Philodendron plant prefers temperatures between 65–80°F.

Common Problem: If your plant stops blooming and the leaves on your Peace Lily are turning brown, this could be because there’s not enough humidity in its area.

Solution: Increase the humidity around your Peace Lily plant by misting it regularly, placing it near a humidifier, or by using a pebble tray. Avoid placing your plant near air conditioning vents, doors, and drafty areas.

Toxicity

Your Peace Lily plant is toxic to both humans and pets. Once ingested, it could result in burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, and difficulty in swallowing.

Food

Another on our list on how to care for your Peace Lily plant is to feed it monthly during spring and summer with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer diluted by half. Remember to follow the recommended amount of fertilizer and schedule to avoid fertilizer burn or plant burn.

Pests & Other Problems

The Peace Lily plant is relatively immune to insects and diseases. However, if you notice that it has common bugs like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites, eliminate these pests by spraying the plant with insecticidal soap and by regularly wiping the leaves.

That's a wrap on how to care for your Peace Lily plant. Keep in mind that your Peace Lily tropical, evergreen plant that grows on the forest floor. It's best if you can provide consistent moisture and bright indirect sunlight to keep it happy and healthy.

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