How to Care for Growing Peace Lilies


The peace lily, also called spathiphyllum, is a tropical plant most popularly grown as an indoor specimen. It matures to 1 to 4 feet in height, depending on the cultivar, and it flowers with a lightly scented cream-colored bloom. These plants are hardy and need little care. Knowing how to create the right environment for this plant will keep it healthy and flowering.

Step 1

Place the peace lily in an area with bright, but filtered light. Direct sun will scorch the plant. The peace lily will tolerate low light but does better in bright light. Try not to let the temperature drop below 60 degrees F.

Step 2

Water the peace lily with room temperature water. Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering. Do not over water, as this makes the plant susceptible to root and stem diseases.

Step 3

Fertilize the peace lily only if necessary. This plant needs little food and will react poorly to over fertilization. If you do decide to fertilize, apply a complete all-purpose houseplant fertilizer every two to three months during the spring and summer growing season. Follow the directions on the package for application instructions.

Step 4

Maintain the plant throughout the year. The glossy leaves will gather dust over time. Wipe them clean with a soft cloth to keep the plant functioning at maximum capacity.

Step 5

Repot the peace lily when it begins to outgrow its current home. Obtain a larger pot and some well-drained potting mixture. Take the plant out of its current pot, shake the soil away and loosen the roots gently. Place the plant in its new pot, surrounding the roots with the new potting mix.

Things You'll Need

  • Houseplant fertilizer
  • Soft cloth
  • Pot
  • Potting mix


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