I was given a beautiful plant. A gift. Glossy dark green leaves, clumping together with red flowers growing on long stems. It’s a Peace Lily.
Peace Lily plants usually have white flowers, which look like small flags of peace. These flowers are generally taller than the leaves.
This evergreen is one of the most common house and office plants. You will see them everywhere.
They do not need direct sunlight, can live outside in the shade or anywhere in the house. Their maintenance is low and super easy to look after. Just water when the soil is dry and keep in a brightly lit room.
To guarantee your Peace Lily plant will stay alive you need to do the following four key things. After all, it would be a shame for it to die.
Water once a week to ensure the soil stays moist.
When the soil is dry to touch, it is time to water. Simple.
It’s important not to over water these lovely plants. If you do over water, the leaves will start to turn yellow. Make sure the pot doesn’t sit in water as this will rot the roots.
Not watering enough
When the plant’s leaves and flowers droop, it’s a sign they need watering.
If you see the soil coming away from the sides of the pot, you need to soak the plant. Within an hour, the leaves and flowers will be upright again. If you let your plant dehydrate for too long, it harms the root system.
Chemicals in tap water
Peace Lily Plants are sensitive to chemicals in our tap water. The tips of the green leaves will start to turn brown if it is exposed to chemicals. Use filtered water or leave the plant in the rain for a good soaking.
Cleaning the leaves
The leaves are broad and tend to collect dust particles. The dust can be removed by leaving them outside in the rain.
The flowers start out a pale green and change color as they mature. The actual flower is the tiny pointed middle section.
Apparently, these plants have a rest period over winter and do not flower. However all of my Peace Lily Plants flower all year long. Which makes them the ideal decorative plant.
The local nursery told me to place the Peace Lily in a bright position, out of direct sunlight. That way it will be guaranteed to produce many flowers which last all year long.
If your plant has only a few flowers move it to a window with natural light.
The flowers will last for months. When they die, it is essential to remove not only the dead flower but also the stem. The long stems take energy from the plant.
If the leaves start to brown, especially at the tips it could be from over watering, under watering, too much heat, too much air-conditioning, too much fertilizer or not enough light.
It is important to remove all brown or damaged leaves. If you leave them on, they will take energy from the plant.
It is tempting every spring to re-pot everything. The Peace Lily plant is different. Only re-pot if it is root bound or you have had the plant for 2 years and decide to change over the soil.
When re-potting only select two pots bigger. Fertilize well with liquid organic fertilizer and give the plant a good soaking.
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To keep your lovely Peace Lily plant alive, it’s essential to;
- keep the plant in a brightly lit area
- water once a week in a well-draining pot
- regularly check for dying leaves and flowers. Then remove them
- re-pot once every two years.