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Peace Lily Care

These stately shade-loving plants are not only easy to care for but are excellent at cleaning the air of a home or office. Their deep green leaves and large white blooms add a touch of flair to any indoor space.

How to care for your Peace Lily

Use these instructions to care for a Peace Lily. This guide will tell you how to water a Peace Lily; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Domino Peace Lily

LIGHT

Your Peace Lily Domino will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow your plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves can burn. 

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Peace lily moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Allow the top 50% of soil to dry between watering. 

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Peace Lily prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Peace Lily because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Peace Lily prefers average room temperatures from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results. 

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Peace Lily is considered to be toxic to animals and humans. 

Peace Lily

LIGHT

Your peace lily will do best in bright indirect light and can adapt to lower light. Too much bright light will burn the foliage. Too little light and the plant will not produce flowers and foliage growth will slow.

WATER

Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. If the plant gets too dry it will dramatically wilt, but a good watering should perk it back up. Water thoroughly until you see it flow out of the drainage and discard excess water in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your peace lily prefers a humid environment. Place a humidifier nearby or use a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your peace lily prefers average room temperatures from 60-80°F. They are sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, so keep away from drafty areas and open vents.

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary if the plant is not putting out new growth. 

TOXICITY

Peace Lily is considered to be toxic to animals and humans if ingested. 

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What's a Peace Lily?

Botanical Classification: Spathiphyllum spp. ‘Sweet Pablo’

About

Peace lilies are tropical evergreens that grow on the forest floor. Spathiphyllum is a genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. They’re used to thriving in lots of shade, but bloom best when exposed to direct morning light a few hours a day. Indoor plants can grow to be up to 16 inches tall. 

Peace lily plants are not true lilies but are so named because their blooms resemble the flowers of the calla lily. The part of the peace lily that most people assume is a flower is actually a specialized leaf that grows like a hood over the actual flower. Their Latin name means “spathe-leaf” in English, referring to this white sheath-like leaf.

Fun Fact

The peace lily’s name is most likely a reference to the white blooms that resemble white flags of peace. They are also sometimes known as “closet plants.”

Pictured Left: Peace Lily