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How to Water Peace Lilies

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The peace lily (Spathiphyllum clevelandii), a popular indoor houseplant, grows best in bright, filtered sunlight, but they will tolerate extremely low light levels and even thrive beneath fluorescent lights. The plant produces an abundance of long, green, strap-like leaves. It sports a unique white flowers. Often the leaves of the peace lily will show brown tipping. This condition usually results from too much water or watering with chlorine. The plant's foliage will droop if it does not receive ample water.

Water the peace lily once a week using non-chlorinated water. The plant prefers rain water or distilled water. Peace lilies that grow in low light levels often require less water then plants in bright, filtered sunlight.

Keep the soil evenly moist. The peace lily will not tolerate water-logged soil conditions.

Place the peace lily on a small saucer filled with moist pebbles. The moist pebbles will increase the humidity around the plant and help maintain the healthy, green appearance of the foliage.

Fertilize the peace lily once per month using a water soluble plant fertilizer. A 20-20-20 general purpose fertilizer is ideal. Mix the fertilizer at half the recommended strength on the label, and apply to the peace lily. The tiny feeder roots on the peace lily are very susceptible to burning from fertilizer that is too strong, so mixing it at half strength will lower the danger of burning the plant. Apply the fertilizer when watering the peace lily.

Grow Peace Lilies In Water

If you’ve ever seen a peace lily growing in a pot with a beta fish, then you’ve seen a novelty plant. Most peace lilies grow in soil, and like to almost go completely dry between waterings. If you are going to grow a lily in water, it is best to purchase one that is already growing in water and has developed the root system ideal for those conditions. Fill your glass container with tepid distilled water. Cut a hole in the center of the plastic stopper to hold your peace lily in place at the mouth of your glass container. Remove your peace lily from the container that you purchased it in. Feed the plant with a few drops of liquid fertilizer once every two weeks. Never allow the roots to be out of the water or dry out. Peace lilies love indirect sunlight and will even thrive in homes or offices where little light is present.


Never allow the plant to dry out. The peace lily has tiny feeder roots which will rapidly die in dry soil. When the feeder roots die the plant droops, turns yellow and can quickly die.

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