Peace Lily

July 21st, 2009

Spathiphyllum wallash

The Peace Lily is one of the most popular house plants of all time.  It has achieved such placement in our homes for many reasons.  First, it is beautiful.  It’s large glossy dark green foliage gives a luxurious, tropical feeling.  And when conditions are right, it will also produce alluring white blossoms. As the leaves mature, they have a tendency to arch outward in a very elegant, attractive way.

But perhaps the main reason that the peace lily is such a desired house plant is its ability to flourish in low light areas, where so few house plants will grow.

How to Grow healthy Peace Lilies:

Keep the Peace Lily humid:

For a peace lily to thrive, it needs to be in a humid environment.  It is especially important to create humidity around the peace lily in the summer or whenever it is apt to be in hot, dry air.  The Peace Lily is native to the rainforests of South America, a warm and extremely humid place.  If the peace lily gets too dry, it will become vulnerable to disease and pest infestation, especially red spider mites. Tips on how to create the necessary humidity for your peace lily:

  1. Mist the peace lily foliage 2 or 3 times a day with a fine mister
  2. Place the peace lily pot on top of a tray of water and gravel: this way the roots do not sit directly in the water and rot, but they do receive the humidity as the water evaporates.
  3. Place your Peace Lily in a naturally humid place, such as near the kitchen sink or the shower.

Plant the Peace Lily in the right potting medium:

Peace lilies will grow best in a peat moss based potting mix.  This mix will hold moisture without getting soggy , and most closely resembles the rainforest floor, rich in organic matter.  Do not plant your peace lily in soil from the back yard or any other clay or sand based medium.

How to fertilize a peace lily:

Your peace lily only needs to be fertilized during its growth season, in the spring and summer. During this time, it’s best to use a balanced liquid fertilizer once every two weeks.

Keep the Peace Lily out of strong sunlight

Just as the peace lily is an excellent house plant because it will grow in low light areas, it will get damaged by high intensity sunlight.  Keep the peace lily away from very bright or hot windows.

Peace Lily Propagation:

In the spring time, remove the mature peace Lily from its pot and shake off all loose soil.  Pull the rhizomes apart very carefully, making sure that each clump of leaves has at least on rhizome.  Then plant the individual clumps in new pots of peat moss based potting mix.

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