How to Care for Peace Plants

Overview

Peace plants are also known as peace lilies. The plant's scientific name is spathiphyllum. The peace plant is a flowering evergreen plant that produces white half-cylinder flowers situated around bumpy, rigid stalks. Peace plants are popular houseplants with simple and specific needs.

Step 1

Fill a flower pot with high-quality potting mix. Create a well that is 2 inches deeper and 1 inch taller than the peace plant's root ball.

Step 2

Place the plant into the well in the soil, and fill the empty spaces around the root ball with soil. Water the plant immediately to enable bubbles of oxygen trapped around the roots to work themselves out of the soil.

Step 3

Place the peace plant in an area of the home that receives sunlight during the day. The plant does not tolerate bright or direct sunlight. Too much light or light that is too intense causes the leaves to become sunburned.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist but not wet. The plant's canopy traps moisture, so most peace plants only need to be watered once a week. Water more frequently during the summer when the temperatures are hotter.

Step 5

Water the peace plant with room temperature water. Peace plants are sensitive to chlorine, which burns the leaves. Chlorine is removed from tap water by allowing it to sit out for 24 hours before watering the plant.

Step 6

Treat insect infestations with rubbing alcohol or insecticidal soap. The peace plant has few natural enemies, but they are occasionally affected by gnats. Rub leaves with rubbing alcohol and cotton pads. Insecticidal soap can be mixed at home and sprayed onto the plant with a spray bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Peace plant
  • Potting soil
  • Flower pot

References

  • FlowerShopNetwork: Caring for Peace Lilies
  • EdibleContainerGardening.com: How to Make an Insecticidal Soap Recipe
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