How do I care for a peace lily (Spathiphyllum)?
Answer: Peace lilies are one of the most common and easily grown houseplants. This tropical beauty, when indoors, can bloom sporadically throughout the year, with a flower-like spathe, in radiant hues of whites and greens; above the spathe is a protruding spadix densely speckled with tiny, true flowers in varying shades of creamy whites, yellows and greens. Even when not in bloom, the lush, glossy, ovate leaves offer a stunning showcase worthy for display in any home.
In addition to their attractiveness, peace lilies are popular houseplants because they are easy to care for. To ensure that your spathiphyllums flourish in your home, you need to take into consideration the amount of watering, lighting, soil-type and maintenance.
Watering: One of the notable features of a peace lily that makes it a perfect candidate for a low-maintenance houseplant is that it will droop when it needs to be watered. Be cautious of this, however, because severe drooping can damage the plant. Peace lilies typically should be watered once a week. Make sure you water thoroughly and evenly but do not let the plant become soggy; too much water can cause root rot. You can lightly mist the plant in between waterings to help it grow and increase the humidity.
Lighting: Do not grow peace lilies in direct light; this will scourge the plant’s foliage. They are most successful in bright, indirect light but can also grow in low light conditions. One of the reasons they make great houseplants is because of their ability to grow in most lighting conditions. Temperatures should be around 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soil and Maintenance: Spathiphyllums can grow in most well drained soils but they are most successful with a peat potting mix that contains perlite and composed bark. Some gardeners will add fertilizers to help encourage blooms. Be cautious, however, because too much fertilizer can damage your plants. Use a general water-soluble fertilizer monthly during spring and summer. You should prune your peace lily when the leaves begin to wither or turn yellow and when the flowers fade. Repot when the roots begin to show, are overcrowded or when you notice you have to water more frequently; this means your plant is becoming too large for its container. The pot you use should have drainage holes. If you don’t notice a change in the roots or water frequency, a good rule of thumb is to repot your peace lily every 2 to 3 years.
These striking, tropical plants are perfect ways to bring a little touch of paradise into your home. With their low maintenance needs and their range of lighting requirements, peace lilies make the ideal houseplants that will captivate your guests with their exotic charm.