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How to care for a Peace Lily

If you've ever seen an article about low-light loving plants, you will probably have heard of the Peace Lily. The Peace Lily is a very easygoing plant that can survive in all kinds of different places in your house. The Peace Lily is a plant that requires little maintenance and will show you when it's not happy. This makes it a perfect plant for beginners, but it's also a great addition to the collection of more experienced plant owners.

In this guide, we'll go over everything you should know about taking care of a Peace lily and by the end, you'll be able to take care of this plant with ease.

These are the topics we're going to cover:

  1. Light requirements for a Peace Lily
  2. Watering a Peace Lily
  3. The best soil for a Peace Lily
  4. Fertilizing a Peace Lily
  5. Common pests
  6. Poisonous to pets

Let's get right into the first topic: light requirements.

Light requirements for a Peace Lily

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Peace Lily light exposure

The Peace Lily is a great plant for darker places in your house. In fact, the Peace Lily should be kept in darker places, as it doesn't do well in bright places. The ideal range of sunlight exposure is low-light to indirect sunlight. It's best to put the Peace Lily in a spot that doesn't get any afternoon sun, as this will be too bright for it in the summer. A spot that gets afternoon sun in the winter is also an option. Learn more about sunlight exposure in the winter. Indirect exposure to morning or evening sunlight in the summer is ideal. This sunlight is not strong enough to burn the Peace Lily's leaves and won't expose the plant to too much sunlight.

Yellowing leaves due to too much sunlight

When your Peace Lily gets too much sunlight, its leaves will turn light green, and after that, yellow. When you see this happening, it's time to move your Peace Lily to a darker spot and prune the yellow leaves. Leaves that have turned yellow won't turn green again, so it's best to cut these leaves away, to give the rest of the plant nutrients to recover. If the leaves are still light green, they will turn back to their normal dark green color once you've moved the plant back to a darker spot.

Temperature

The Peace Lily is a great houseplant, as it's perfectly adapted to the temperature the average house is during the year. So you won't have to do anything special to keep your Peace Lily happy indoors. Do make sure it doesn't get exposed to too much cold air, keep it away from drafts.

Watering a Peace Lily

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Watering a Peace Lily is easy, as this plant is a thirsty plant. You should water your Peace Lily once per week and once per two weeks in the winter. If you've accidentally watered the Peace Lily a little too much, there is no problem. This plant will absorb the water quickly. As long as you give the plant enough time to absorb the water in the pot and let the soil dry out completely again, you won't overwater this plant.

Ideally, you plant your Peace Lily in a pot with drainage holes, because then any excess water can simply escape out of the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that you never overwater your plant, not even by accident.

Drooping leaves on a Peace Lily

When you see your Peace Lily drooping its leaves, it means that it's too dry and needs to be watered. After you've watered your plant, its leaves will raise up again, like nothing ever happened.

Brown tips on a Peace Lily

Brown tips on Peace Lily

If you've forgotten to water your Peace Lily for too long, its leaves will get brown and crispy tips like the leaf in the photo. This is the last warning the plant is giving you to water it. The Peace Lily is not a plant that stores a lot of moisture, so it relies heavily on the moisture in the soil or Leca.

Like the yellowing leaves, due to too much light exposure, the crispy tips won't turn green again, so you can prune these brown tips. Cutting off the dead parts of the leaf doesn't harm your plant and improves the overall look of your Peace Lily.

The best soil for a Peace Lily

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As we've gone over in the previous section, watering your plant, the Peace Lily is a thirsty plant that should be watered weekly. To keep your Peace Lily happy, you should choose a soil that retains the moisture for a few days to a week. The Peace Lily doesn't store a lot of moisture in its stems, so it won't do well if you have a soil that drains really well and doesn't retain water for very long. Often, a regular houseplant mix or a palm mix is a perfect choice.

Fertilizing a Peace Lily

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A Peace Lily is a flowering plant, as you can see in the header photo of this guide. It has slim white flowers. In order for these flowers to grow, your plant needs to have plenty of additional nutrients. If you want these flowers, you should fertilize your Peace Lily at the beginning of spring. This is when the flowers start to grow and will stick around for a few weeks. After that, the flowers will dry up and can be pruned. If you give your plant great care, it could flower again at the end of the summer. Apart from fertilizing the plant once at the beginning of the spring, there is no need to fertilize the plant again, as it doesn't need a lot of nutrients to stay healthy. In fact, fertilizing too much could harm the plant.

If you don't want to fertilize your Peace Lily, that's fine too. If your plant doesn't have any extra nutrients to grow the flowers, it will simply not grow any flowers. Your plant will still grow leaves as it normally would, but you won't see any flowers. Using fertilizer solves this.

Common pests

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The Peace Lily is quite tough on pests and is immune to a lot of them. It could get Spider mites and mealybugs, but if you keep the leaves clean by wiping them regularly, it won't be a big problem and the pests will be gone quickly. As this plant grows quickly, it'll recover from these pests rather quickly as well.

Poisonous to pets

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Unfortunately, the Peace Lily is poisonous to both cats and dogs. When your pets chew on the leaves, it could cause irritation to your pet's mouth and stomach. The sap in the leaves contains calcium oxalate. This will start to irritate your pet's mouth and stomach after the first bite, which will help your pet to stop eating the leaf and avoid them being seriously harmed. However, if your pets have eaten parts of the leaves, this could cause them to salivate and show the behavior of trying to get something out of their mouth. Take these signs seriously and call your veterinary when you see this happen.

Due to the Peace Lily being poisonous to pets, keep it out of reach from them and small children as well.

Conclusion

The Peace Lily is a beginner-friendly plant that can be a beautiful addition to any plant collection. It's a plant that thrives low-light places and purify the air while growing. They require little maintenance and are very forgiving plants. If you accidently water it too much or give it too much sunlight exposure, the plant will tell you it's not happy. After you adjust your plant care, the Peace Lily will recover quickly and will once again be the beautiful addition to your plant collection.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: beginner-friendly, low-light, peace lily

Posted on: October 24th, 2020 Last updated on: November 11th, 2020

Other common names for this plant

  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spath

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