The Peace Lily is a tropical foliage plant that produces immaculate white blooms stop the proud stems.
Originally found in the tropics, the Peace Lilies a wonderful house plants in the UK. They’re easy to look after and provide years of enjoyment all while purifying the air in your home.
How to Care for a Peace Lily
Peace Lily Plant Soil
Peace Lily Plants like a potting soil that is rich in organic matter but well-draining. Loamy compost or a general houseplant compost mix is ideal.
Peace Lily Plant Light Needs
As you would usually find Peace Lily Plants growing across the rainforest floor, the light they need is bright and indirect with dappled, gentle sunlight.
They are more of a medium light plant but can thrive in both brighter and lower light conditions. Bear in mind that the plant will grow much larger and healthier with brighter light.
Avoid choosing a location directly in a south-facing window, the bright sun rays may cause burning to the foliage which will result in brown markings on the leaves.
Peace Lily Humidity
Peace Lily Plants love a higher humidity. Spritzing them every couple of days is the perfect way to keep the air around them hydrated.
Your plant will appreciate the temperature stays as constant as possible. Fluctuations in temperature or cold drafts can cause the plant stress.
Watering Peace Lily Plants
If you struggle with how often your should be watering your indoor plants then the Peace Lily will be a great option for you. It has a nice visual indicator when it needs water as the leaves start to droop slightly.
Adding water straight away will keep the plant healthy but don’t leave for too long as this can damage the plant. Peace Lilies should be kept moist at all times but never left wet or sitting in water. Check the soil once a week and make sure to add water once the first inch of soil has started to feel dry.
When watering, try to use fresh rainwater or distilled where possible. The Peace Lily can be very sensitive to chemicals in tap water which may show up as burns on the leaves.
If you don’t have access to rain or filtered water, fill up a jug and leave it on the side for a few hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate which will reduce some of the chemicals added to the compost.
Unsure on when to water your peace lily? Don’t worry, it has a helpful visual clue when it’s feeling thirsty. When the leaves start to droop ever so slightly, this is a signal that it needs topping up.
Signs of Over or Under Watering
If you notice the leaves on your peace lily are looking a little droopy or yellow then this could be a sign that it needs slightly more or less water.
Drooping foliage that starts to flop and wilt downwards is a signal that your plant needs water. Top up the compost with fresh water and your plant will spring back to life in no time.
Yellowing leaves are also a sign of underwatering, if you add more water and the leaves stay yellow, remove some of the worst ones to keep the plant looking nice and healthy.
Leaves that are browning at the edges are a sign of overwatering. Allow the compost to dry out as much as possible. If you notice that the compost is staying wet for too long you might need to be on the lookout for root rot.
Overwatering can also lead to drooping leaves so make sure to just have a quick check of the soil before adding any more water.
If the tips of the leaves start to turn black and become soggy then this means your plant has stayed wet for too long. At this point, your best bet is to try and repot the plant into new compost to allow it to dry out.
Peace Lily Plant Feeding and Fertilising
During the growing months, simply add a diluted balanced fertiliser around once a month. Follow the instructions on the packet but make a more diluted batch.
Avoid adding fertiliser in the winter months as this is the plants dormant time and it may start to push out weak, leggy growth resulting in a spindly looking plant.
Pruning Peace Lily Plants
As Peace Lilies are a foliage plant, they require very little when it comes to pruning. All you need to do is remove any dead or dying leaves to keep the plant at optimum health.
Repotting your Peace Lily Plant
Keep your Peace Lily growing at a healthy rate by repotting it when it starts to outgrow its current one. This usually takes around 1-2 years until the plant is fully grown.
When it comes to repotting your Peace Lily, make sure to choose a pot that is only slightly bigger than the current one. We recommend a pot that is around 1-2 inches bigger in diameter and has plenty of drainage holes.
Peace Lily Plants like to be slightly rootbound so moving to a pot that is too large can be stressful for the plant.
Signs you need to repot:
Your peace lily may start showing some signs that it needs to be repotted so keep an eye out for the following -
- The stems and leaves are starting to look overcrowded
- Roots are starting to become visible above the potting soil
- Yellowing leaves
- Need watering more often
Extra Peace Lily Care Tips
Avoid letting a build up of dust collect on the leaves. Dust them every couple of weeks or wipe them over with a damp cloth to keep your plant breathing easy.
Peace Lilies are fabulous air purifying plants and are great to have in the home.
Peace Lily Toxicity
Peace Lilies can be toxic to pets so ensure that you keep it out of reach from any curious cats and dogs.
Check out our range of Pet Friendly Plants for more information.
Peace Lily Pests and Problems
Peace Lilies are easy plants to have and rarely get bothered by pests, keeping the foliage clean and dry will make sure that it stays nice and healthy.