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How to Growth and Care for Peace lilies

Peace lily plants (sometimes are called Spath, short for Spathiphyllum) are present in most offices, malls, and homes for good reason. They are easy to grow, produce showy, spoon-shaped flowers, and tolerate low light and average humidity. In NASA studies, peace lilies were found to help remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from tainted indoor air. Small varieties grow to only 16 in/40 cm tall, with the largest ones often reaching 6 ft/1.8 m in height and width.


Piece Lily facts

What is the origin of Peace Lily name?

  • Despite the name, Peace Lily is not actually a true Lily at all
  • Peace lily got its common name because it was first spied by European explorers, probably growing wild on the banks of a stream, the white flowers reminded them of the traditional “white flag” used to signal no combat or surrender
  • Peace lilies are also commonly called Spath which is short for Spathiphyllum – its Latin name
Lily flowers
Peace Lily is not actually a true Lily at all

What is the meaning of Peace Lily?

  • The peace lily is the symbol of Peace, Sympathy, Resilient, Hope and Harmony
  • The plant is associated In Christianity with the Virgin Mary and the Eater season. It also symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
  • The peace lily is the perfect gift when you’re paying a visit to someone who is recovering from surgery
The peace lily is the perfect gift when you're paying a visit to someone who is recovering from surgery
The peace lily is the perfect gift when you’re paying a visit to someone who is recovering from surgery

What is the benefit of Peace lily plant?

According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Peace lilies were found to help remove 6 out of 6 harmful air chemical from tainted indoor air: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene, Ammonia, Carbon monoxide

These chemicals are harmful for your health. For example, xylene vapors in small amounts can cause headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. With more serious exposure, xylene can cause sleepiness, stumbling, irregular heartbeat, fainting, or even death. Xylene vapors are mildly irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs

Is Peace lily Toxic for pets? Is Peace Lily safe for your dogs and cats?

The peace lily is not actually poisonous. But in the stem and leaves of the plants contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause mild irritation to your dogs, cats or children. Normally, if the dogs are not too distress, you can just rinse their mouth in the water and everything will be fine


Tips for newly purchased Peace Lilies

When purchased or received as gifts, peace lilies usually hold several flowers. Cut off these flowering stems when the blossoms ripen to green. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the dust from the foliage, and do not expect a fresh crop of blooms until the following summer.

Once plants have been nicely situated in a home or office for several months, they usually resume their natural bloom cycle. In addition to a flush of flowers in early summer, many cultivars continue to bloom intermittently throughout the year.

Peace lilies are easy to grow, produce showy, spoon-shaped flowers, and tolerate low light and average humidity
Peace lilies are easy to grow, produce showy, spoon-shaped flowers, and tolerate low light and average humidity

How to care for Peace Lily plants

  • Light: In fall and winter, low to moderate. In spring and summer, moderate to bright. When planting indoors, you should rotate the plant once in a while to make sure it grows evenly
  • Temperature: Average room temperatures (65–75°F/18–24°C) year-round.
  • FertilizerFrom spring through fall, feed monthly with a portion of balanced plant food that includes micro-nutrients, diluted to half the normal strength. In winter, feed every 6 weeks.
  • Water: Keep the soil lightly moist at all times, and avoid overwatering. Use room-temperature water.
  • Soil: Any good potting soil.
  • Repotting: Repot annually in spring to refresh the soil. This plant likes to be slightly rootbound.
  • Propagation: Peace lilies can live up to many years if divided every 5 years or so. Older peace lily plants can be propagated by dividing them in spring. Trim off leaves that fail in the weeks following division.
Older peace lily plants can be propagated by dividing them in spring
Older peace lily plants can be propagated by dividing them in spring
How to care for your Peace Lily by RHS – Royal Horticultural Society

Peace lily display tips and varieties

Dozens Peace lily varieties exist, varying in size, leaf color, and flowering habits.

  • Sensation: The giant peace lilies seen in malls and airports are usually Sensation, which grows to 6 ft/1.8 m tall.
  • Supreme is the most common variety sold in 10 in/25 cm pots.
  • Lynise has textured leaves and often grows to 36 in/90 cm tall.
The giant peace lilies seen in malls and airports are usually ‘Sensation’,
The giant peace lilies seen in malls and airports are usually Sensation

Display tips

The dark leaves of peace lily appear most refined when the plant is grown in a plain pot with a glossy finish. Display blooming plants on a low pedestal where the flowers can be easily seen.

Display blooming plants on a low pedestal where the flowers can be easily seen
Display blooming plants on a low pedestal where the flowers can be easily seen

Most common Peace Lily problems and How to fix them

5 most common Peace Lily problems and How to fix them

My peace lily plant’s leaf tips are brown/droopy stems

Answer: It’s possible that you over-fertilized and/or overwatered your plant.

Peace lily plant's leaf tips are brown droopy stems
Peace lily plant’s leaf tips are brown droopy stems

Allow soil to become nearly dry before watering. Water lightly yet frequently, and avoid soaking the soil. Use a very dilute fertilizer.

Peace Lillies leaves are pale and curled, leaf margins are brown.

Answer: Excessive light.

Peace lily cannot tolerate direct sun. Move it to a place that gets filtered light, or near an east window. In winter, peace lilies can accept light levels that are quite low.

Too much sun causes peace lily plants to have brown leaves
Too much sun causes peace lily plants to have brown leaves

The plant does not bloom. How to make peace lily to bloom again?

Peace Lillies usually blooms in cycles, with flowers produced mostly in spring and summer. Low light levels suppress blooming. Plants that are more than 5 years old may not bloom unless they are rejuvenated by dividing them.

To make the plant bloom again. In spring, move the plant to a slightly brighter location and feed and water it regularly. Divide old, overgrown plants.

Peace Lilly usually blooms in cycles, with flowers produced mostly in spring and summer
Peace Lilly usually blooms in cycles, with flowers produced mostly in spring and summer

Yellow margins on lowest leaves, or yellow edges on all leaves.

Answer: Too dry; micronutrient deficiency. You need to increase water and fertilizer. Use a dilute fertilizer that contains magnesium and iron, because peace lily is sensitive to deficiencies of these nutrients.

Peace lily plants has yellow leaves
Peace lily plants has yellow leaves

Small, dark-colored insects on flowers.

Answer: Your plant is having thrips. Large-flowered peace lilies, in particular, are attractive to thrips. Isolate plant from other blooming houseplants and implement control measures

Thrips on peace lily flowers
Thrips on peace lily flowers

Conclusion

Peace lily is a very versatile and easy to care for. To sum it up: Don’t overwater the plant, don’t put it near by heat source and give it dim to medium light to thrive. Most of the time, it will tell you when it need more lights or water


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