With the tranquility and class its name and look exude, the Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum is more than meets the eye. This plant is easy to care for, tolerates low light and is a top houseplant proven to help purify the indoor air.
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Below is a general care guide for Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
While Peace Lily can withstand low light conditions, without some brightness, it is unlikely to bloom. Peace Lilies will thrive best in medium to bright, indirect or filtered light and will bloom more when it receives more light. Avoid direct sunlight for this plant.
This plant does well in regular house temperatures to slightly on the warm side. Keep it away from hot or cold drafts.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Keep the soil constantly moist but ensure it is not sitting on water. When watering, thoroughly irrigate the potting soil and allow the water to drip out before putting back in a bright spot. The plant can tolerate short periods of dry soil, but their leaves will start to wilt and turn brown if neglected for long.
Mist your Peace Lily frequently because they thrive with higher humidity, such as that found in its natural rainforest conditions.
Soil and Repotting
Peace lilies prefer a rich, loose potting mix containing plenty of organic material.
This plant tends to bloom better when slightly pot-bound. Repot only when it starts to keep the plant watered enough.
Root division is the best way to propagate your Peace Lily. Simply take out the plant from its pot, shake the soil from the roots and slice the root ball into 2-3 pieces with a sharp clean knife. Ensure there are a few healthy stems and leaves on each piece and pot them in fresh soil.
Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.
Peace lilies are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Peace Lily:
Scales and mealybugs - When spotted, give a thorough wipe down of leaves with soapy water or insecticidal soap. Repeated application will be necessary.
Brown leaf tips - This can be caused by too much light, excessive fertiliser, lack of water, low humidity or a combination of these factors. Remove the damaged leaves and adjust the conditions and care given.
Yellowing leaves - This may be due to overwatering, under watering or old age of the leaves. Remove the yellowed leaves and adjust the conditions and care given.