The Peace Lily, oftentimes referred to as the Closet Plant, is an easy option for the beginning gardener since it isn’t at all difficult to grow. The plant produces beautiful white flowers that grow throughout the year, adding a breath of fresh air and great ambiance to any room, whether an office space, a bedroom, or other room in your home. If you’re ready to grow Peace Lilies indoors, the following information can make the task far simpler.
What makes the peace lily such a good choice for indoor growing is that it can grow in quite low light conditions. In fact, too much light is bad for the plant, so this makes it the perfect candidate to brighten up a room that might not get enough light for other plants.
Grow Peace Lilies Indoors in your Home or Office
Grown indoors, peace lilies usually reach a height of six inches, although some can reach heights much higher. The early summer months are those in which those beautiful white blooms will be seen.
An all-purpose potting soil is excellent for indoor Peace Lily growth. Use a pot that allows the plant to breath, with easily drainable water since overwatering the plant can cause it to die. It is best to underwater the Peace Lily rather than overwater it. The pot selected for the plant should have a diameter of 12 to 18-inches to provide optimal growth. As with all plants, make sure that the soil/pot combination you pick allows the water to drain freely. The biggest killer of most house plants is poorly draining soil, and overwatering. Root rot is a real issue here.
Light, Water & Soil
Gardeners love the Peace Lily because it isn’t as difficult to care for as other plant types. That said, it still is important to provide optimal growing conditions for your plant.
Light wise, peace lilies tend to prefer medium to low light. This makes them perfect for growing in a room that doesn’t get too much light. Lighting also has an effect on the flowers. Plants with more light tend to produce more of the characteristic white flower, which those that get less will produce less flowers and appear to be more of a standard foliage plant. All things considered though, put your plant in a lower light area that gets a bit of indirect sunlight and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy plant.
Keep the plant statured with water, but ensure that you don’t overwater. This plant should be watered only one time per week at most! The biggest mistake gardeners make with this plant is overwatering. The peace lily is much more tolerant to being under watered than over watered, so always be careful about watering habits. When watering, give it enough that it begins to slightly leak out of the drainage holes on the pot; this means the soil is saturated. Then, wait until it dry to the touch before watering again.
This makes it a great plant for those with busy schedules and lives who don’t have the time to spend on plant care. There are numerous signs of overwatering which include browning of the leaf tips and drying of the leaves. As mentioned, the plant is best under -watered than overwatered.
Fertilization is also something that the plant doesn’t require frequently. In fact, you can fertilize it only once or twice per year and the plant will still receive the necessary nutrients and benefits. Over-fertilizing the plant can cause it to dry out, so ensure that you don’t.
Instead of a heavy fertilizer schedule, consider changing out the potting soil in its pot once every year or so. The soil will naturally become less nutrient rich, and more compact, both of which can harm your plant.
Help! My Leaves Have Yellowed!
One of the most common problems peace lily owners report is the yellowing the leaves and flowers. There are two main causes of this:
Overwatering: A plant with too much water is likely to start having yellowing and dying leaves. If you’re watering more than twice per week you might be giving the plant too much water. Cut back a bit, and see if the condition improves.
Too Much Sunlight: As mentioned above, peace lilies are a low light plant, and too much will give them a “sunburn”. If your peace lily is close to a window try moving it back a few inches so it gets less direct light.
Another tip is to try repotting the lily. Many times, the container the lily came in is not meant for long term growth. As a personal example, I once received a peace lily after a funeral. I left it in the pot it came in, and noticed after a few weeks the flowers were brown and dying. I tried less water and sunlight, but the condition of plant worsened. I then tried moving it to a new, larger pot with fresh soil and within a few weeks it was back to normal. If nothing above works this may be the issue. This could also be the problem if it’s been a long time since you’ve repotted the plant.
Peace Lily Grow Tips
- The peace Lily should be washed each year to help the leaves absorb the sunlight. You can easily wash the leaves by placing the plant inside of the shower or with a spray bottle misting the leaves.
- When repotting, make sure that you move your Peace Lily to a pot that is at least two-inches deeper.
- Want to remove toxic chemicals from the air inside of your residence? The Peace Lily plant is an excellent source of chemical removal!
- If the plant doesn’t bloom in a low light setting, you may need to increase the amount of light that it is receiving. It is possible that the plant isn’t receiving enough light.
- Regular pruning encourages the plant to bloom.
- Temperatures under 45 degrees F can damage or kill the Peace Lily plant.
Over all the peace lily is a great plant to add some vibrance to a home. It’s also excellent for first time gardeners as it is very easy to grow and difficult to kill.