Peace Lily Care Tips by Robert G Tronge
By following these easy peace lily care steps by Robert G Tronge will help your peace lily thrive and not just survive.
Peace lilies, which are not true lilies, but are a member of the Araceae family of plants and are renowned for their easy care aspects. The peace lily is hardy and forgiving and will even let you know when it is thirsty. Look for the telltale droop when it needs water. The shade-loving plant is also known for its air-purifying abilities and it is great at breaking down and neutralizing harmful gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
Light and Shade: Peace lilies love shade and some light as long as it is indirect. Pick a spot 5-7 feet away from a west- or south-facing window will often provide the right mix of sunlight. If you plant gets too much light you may notice yellowing leaves, brown spots or streaks. Try moving the plant further from the window or try a new and less sunny location. According to Robert George Tronge, peace lilies can sometimes do well under a fluorescent light and without any sunlight at all! If you move your plant into a shadier location and its leaves are still brown, you may need to mist the leaves.
Peace lilies like a consistent temperature somewhere between about 66 and 81 degrees F. Robert Tronge recommends that you protect your plant from cold drafts or drastic changes in temperature.
In spring and summer you should use an organic fertilizer to help keep your plant blooming. Keep in mind that peace lilies are very sensitive to chemical fertilizers, so for that reason organic options are best.
Peace lilies like to be saturated with water a lot at once but they also need a chance to dry out a little afterward. When thirsty, the plant will droop a bit telling you when it needs some water. By paying attention to when the plant usually starts to sag, you can plan to water one day before it happens. Water about once a week and spray the leaves with water throughout the summer which will help keep your peace lily hydrated. If your plant seems to droop, donít give up and water and spray and give it a chance to revive back up again. If your water is city water and chlorine-heavy let a container of water stand overnight before watering the plant. This will help the chlorine t evaporate first.
Peace lilies are very susceptible to root rot, so itís very important to make sure the plant has a chance to dry completely out between your waterings and that the container it is planted in drains very well. If your peace lily starts to wilt, check the roots to make sure they are not soggy. They should be firm and light-colored and not dark.
When your plantís roots show above the dirt or your peace lily seems to be drinking up all its water within a few days, be sure to re-pot it into a larger container. Your plant may need to be moved into larger and larger containers as it grows, but generally peace lilies wonít need to go into a pot any larger than 10 inches.
Expect your peace lily to show off its white blooms in the spring time. The plant is somewhat toxic to animals and humans, so keep away from your pets and small children, and wash your hands after handling it as it produces crystals that can irritate your skin. By follow these peace lily care tips with some experimentation your peace lily should bring beauty to your house for years and years to come!