Peace Lily Care Guide
If you are a child of the 80s or 90s, you probably grew up seeing peace lilies on every corner. The distinctive waxy leaf and unique white flowers are a staple in businesses and homes. Known scientifically as Spathiphyllum, these beauties are perfect for cleaning your air.
Despite its popularity over the last 30 years, some still worry that it is hard to care for. New plant parents, get excited – that’s just not true! With a little patience and a dash of hard work, peace lilies are easy to grow and make a fabulous addition to your indoor jungle.
Peace Lilies like to be moist, but not saturated or dry. It does not do well with drought! Water when the top inch is dry, which you can figure out by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your first knuckle. This means you will water weekly during the spring and summer, but cut back slightly during the fall/winter. A good rule of thumb is to wait for it to start drooping before watering, to avoid the potential for root rot or fungus gnats.
Light and humidity
Peace lilies looooooove high humidity and to be kept in lightly moistened soil. If you are concerned about over-watering, place a tray filled with pebbles and water under your plant. Misting your plant every day or two with a mister will also help maintain higher humidity levels. Because these plants are native to tropical forest floors, they like indirect light, though they are able to adapt to slightly lower light. Direct light will burn their waxy leaves. However, note that the brighter the light, the more blooming the plant will do.
Soil and fertilizer
Keep the Peace Lily in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly moist, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. In case of root rot, take the plant out of the pot and remove the decayed roots. Replace in a cleaned vessel with fresh soil. Make sure to empty the drainage tray of the pot, too, so it is not left standing in water.
Peace lilies don’t need a lot of fertilizer; only fertilize them every 6 or so months (1-2x a year). This is a good fertilizer with which to start simply follow the directions on the container and watch your plant grow strong and healthy!
Cleaning and pruning
Clean the leaves of your Peace Lily by gently misting it with water. Pruning encourages new growth, and is something you should be regularly anyway for maintenance. Simply use clean, sharp scissors to cut the stems at the soil line. Dispose of them in your outdoor garden or compost bin for extra eco-friendliness.
Peace Lilies can be propagated from cuttings placed directly into soil, making them simple to grow. For an added boost, you can dip the edge of the stems into a growth hormone before potting.
Peace Lilies don’t need to be repotted frequently, so look to increase their space only every 18-24 months. Try to repot during the spring or summer, during their natural growing season.
Remember: Peace Lilies need additional humidity, so you may even wish to add a tray with pebbles and water underneath it to keep it happy. With the proper TLC, these plants will even produce beautiful creamy white flowers! They are mildly toxic to plants and kids, so keep this in mind when placing in your home. If that is a problem at home, bring these to your office!
Looking for another low light and easy care plant? Check out the dieffenbachia Camille – dumb cane!