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Care of Peace Lilies

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Peace lily flower image by John Nyberg/sxc.hu

Overview

Tropical peace lilies have lush green foliage with large white flowers. Often sold as a houseplant, they only thrive outdoors in areas with mild temperatures year round and very little frost danger. These spring-bloomers have long lasting blooms and some varieties have a second blooming period in mid-summer. Caring for peace lilies takes a little bit of effort as they are finicky. Care for the peace lily properly and the plant will reward you with blooms for many years.

Step 1

Place the lily in an area with low to medium sunlight. Choose a shaded eastern or western window or shadowed patio area, which gives the plant the minimal light it requires but doesn't burn the sensitive leaves.

Step 2

Water when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Water from the top of the pot until water runs from the drainage holes in the bottom. Empty the drainage tray once all the excess water drips out. Peace lilies prefer moist but not soaking wet soil.

Step 3

Keep the lily in a warm room or move it inside in winter. Keep the temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times and preferably between 70 and 80 degrees.

Step 4

Mist the plant's leaves daily to simulate humidity. Alternately, fill a shallow dish with pebbles and then fill the dish with water. Set the pot on top the pebbles so that the water is not in contact with the pot's drainage holes.

Step 5

Fertilize with a balanced liquid fertilizer at half strength every 2 weeks during spring and summer and again at mid-winter. Cease fertilization if the leaves develop yellow patches, as the plant is being over-fed.

Step 6

Cut off dead or damaged leaves at the base of the plant or where they join the stem with sharp gardening shears. Remove the blooms once they wilt and fade.

Tips and Warnings

  • Treat insect or fungus infections immediately with chemical or organic pesticides.

Things You'll Need

  • Mister bottle
  • Dish
  • Pebbles
  • Fertilizer
  • Shears

References

  • Brian's Garden
  • Gomestic
Keywords: peace lily care, houseplant maitenance, tropical plants

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

Photo by: John Nyberg/sxc.hu