About Peace Lilies

Overview

Peace Lilies (or spathiphyllum) has become a popular houseplant for its easy ways and air cleaning properties. Specifically the peace lily, not really a lily at all but actually a pothos, is tolerant of many different environmental conditions and common abuses. The low-light-tolerant plant does not require much water or attention. In addition to adding interesting texture, the dark green foliage plant will bloom white flowers that can brighten the room.

Eco-Benefits

Clean the air with little effort. Peace lilies have long been a popular houseplant. Yet, they are known for being at the top of the list as a air purifying plant. According to Potted History: The Story of Plants at Home by Catherine Horwood, NASA tested the theory that houseplants could be used to absorb air pollutants. What they discovered, Horwood asserts, was that the peace lily along with approximately 49 other houseplants were very successful at cleansing the air. In particular chemicals such as acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde are effectively absorbed by peace lilies.

Definition

The peace lily is a member of the anthurium family just like the golden pothos and philodendron. Originally these plants were from Central and South America, where there are a variety of cultivars ranging in size from 12 to 18 inches in height to 5 feet. Most varieties have wide spoon-shaped leaves that are a deep green color. However, some are spike-like or variegated.

Care

Although peace lilies are considered easy houseplants they do not tolerate cool temperatures. They prefer warm and shaded areas with little water. According to Plant Care Guru, a plant care guide, peace lilies especially do not like draft or windy locations. Do not place them near an exterior doorway. In addition, peace lilies like to be fertilized during the growing season. Fertilize regularly for continual blooms.

Common Pests

Scale and mites are very common pest problems for peace lilies. Avoid both by using fresh potting soil when transplanting and avoid over watering. If either is noted wipe leaves off individually prior to transplanting into new dirt.

Other Issues

Peace lilies are susceptible to several fungal problems such as cylindrocladium spathiphylli or myrothecium roridum, both are caused by over watering. Over watering is an issue for peace lilies because they need little water but do not like completely dry soil. It is best to allow keep the soil slightly damp, but not saturated, at all times.

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About this Author

Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for over five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of different websites.