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Peace Lily Plant | Care Difficulty – Moderate

These plants are trendy for a good reason: they can tolerate just about any location in your home, they are killer air purifiers, and let’s just say… they’re gorgeous. Their deep green foliage is what makes this an interior design anchor and a must-have for aesthetically minded people… (me!)

Here is my large Peace Lily that sits on the floor. Gave me a workout just to carry it into the studio to take a photo.

Though it is not a true lily, it still has beautiful white flowers, which are a combination of the white modified leaf or hood and the spadix, the spike of small flowers. The flowers give the plant its name since the white flowers resemble white flags of surrender. Which, reminds me, Peace Lily’s are also known as Flag Plants. Here’s a good thing to know… in time the spike of small flowers start to drop pollen. At first glance, you might have a freakout moment that your plant is infested with mealy bugs.  Rest assured, it’s not.

Here is a variegated peace lily that is bunking with a pothos plant. The two have become good friends!

Light

Peace Lily’s are incredibly adaptable to a wide range of indirect light (low to bright). The more indirect light the Peace Lily gets, the more it will bloom. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight. I have three peace Lily’s. I have two in my studio that doesn’t have much for indirect light, so I lean on the florescent lights. They’re doing wonderfully. (see photo). I have a HUGE one in my living room that receives Northern indirect light. Except, I have it tucked on the left side of our fireplace, so the lighting is even less. It, too, is doing wonderful.

I have this peace lily hunkering down with a pothos plant. Together, they are doing really well.

Water

These plants need to have consistently moist soil, but never let it sit in standing water. It will droop alarmingly when you miss a watering, but don’t worry – it will recover in a matter of hours once you water it. I tend to water mine more than any other plant. Peace lilies are tropical, evergreen plants that thrive on the forest floor, where they receive dappled sunlight and consistent moisture. Replicating these conditions in the home is the key to getting your peace lily to be happy and healthy.

Temperature

Peace Lilies will grow in most household temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees (F), but they do not like the temperature to drop below 50 degrees (F). Me either, makes me shiver just thinking about it. Keep them away from drafts, air vents, doorways during the winter months. During the summer, if you run an air conditioner, be sure to move them away from those drafts too.

Fertilizer

In the growing season, fertilize once a month with a complete liquid fertilizer, 1/2 strength of recommended dilution. This is especially important when the plant is blooming. My plant blooms even in the winter (I live in the PNW), so I like to give it a little food maybe every 4-6 weeks.

Additional Care

Plant Characteristics to Watch For

Diagnosing what is going wrong with your plant is going to take a little detective work, but more so… patience! First of all, don’t panic and don’t throw a plant out prematurely. Take a few deep breaths and work down the list of possible issues. Below, I am going to share some typical symptoms that can arise. When I start to spot troubling signs on a plant, I take the plant into a room with good lighting, pull out my magnifiers, and begin by thoroughly inspecting the plant.

The leaves are drooping.

  • This is a sure sign that it needs a good drink of water.
  • Solution – Water the poor thing.

My plant has some yellow leaves.

My plant has some brown leaves.

Leaf tips turning brown.

The leaves are brown edges.

Dark green almost black spots on the leaves.

The plant is losing its lower leaves.

My plant isn’t producing flowers.

My plant is producing green-tinged flowers

The flowers are brown.

Common Bugs to Watch For

If you want to have healthy house plants, you MUST inspect them regularly. Every time I water a plant, I give it a quick look-over.  Bugs/insects feeding on your plants reduces the plant sap and redirects nutrients from leaves. Some chew on the leaves, leaving holes in the leaves.  Also watch for wilting or yellowing, distorted, or speckled leaves. They can quickly get out of hand and spread to your other plants.
If you see ONE bug, trust me, there are more. So, take action right away. Some are brave enough to show their “faces” by hanging out on stems in plan site. Others tend to hide out in the darnedest of places, like the crotch of a plant or in a leaf that has yet to unfurl.

Dividing a Plant

Eventually, the peace lily may grow too large for its pot, at which point it can be divided. Remove the plant from its pot and split it into smaller plants, be sure to leave several leaves per clump. The peace lily grows from rhizomes so that it can tolerate a bit of tough treatment during dividing. Make sure to use well-draining, all-purpose potting soil.

Toxicity

All parts of the peace lily plant contain calcium oxalate—a substance that may cause stomach and respiratory irritation if ingested in large amounts. Keep peace lilies out of reach of small children and pets.

2 thoughts on “Peace Lily Plant | Care Difficulty – Moderate

  1. Thanks for the info Amie Sue. I have a peace lily that was my grandmother’s. It hadn’t been doing well but now is due to learning it likes much more water than I was giving. I also read that if you are giving tap water, let the water sit out for several hours before using it on the plants. What fertilizer do you like to use?
    Gayle

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Gayle,

      I love hearing stories of those who have houseplants that have been down in the family. It gives me goosebumps. :) Peacelillies while let you know when they want water… a bit of a drama queen if you ask me. haha. I wait for the leaves to start to wilt, then they get a good drink of water, and soon the leaves are back up. And yes, wise advice to let tap water sit out before giving it to your plants… just depends on your water source and if it has been treated.

      I am sort back to the drawing board with fertilizer. I was using Espoma (and loved it) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZCCF69Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      No one in our town carries it so I used to order it through Amazon and now for some reason, their site tells me it can’t be delivered to my address. Plus, the price went way up. Do you have a favorite? amie sue

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