Plant CareGuide:Peace Lily
10th December, 2023
Do you want to create a garden oasis in your home, but don’t have much experience with house plants? Don’t worry, we have the solution with the peace lily - it makes looking after house plants a piece of cake.
Perfect for beginners, the hardy Japanese peace lily doesn’t want too much fussing, they don’t mind a bit of dry soil, can happily survive in most spaces in your home (with a few exceptions) and they’ll clearly show you when there is a problem.
The simplicity of this plant makes them the perfect gift for someone moving into their first home. Not only are they easy to look after but their attractive looks, with delicate white flowers, are said to bring about a feeling of calm and general wellbeing (let’s be honest its elegant blooms do look like they belong in a wellness retreat). Perfect after a stressful house move.
Even better, it’s also good for your health. By having the peace lily plant in your home, it can increase humidity levels in the air to help you to breath better and filter the harmful toxins that are known to cause common allergies. In fact, tests have shown that the peace lily can clean the air better than most other plants – perfect if you’re looking for a get well soon present!
ADD SERENTIY TO YOUR HOME
WATERING A PEACE LILY
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when looking after a peace lily is to overwater it. They actually do better if you let them go a bit dry before watering – perfect if you can be a bit forgetful! You should check your plant levels about once a week by touching the soil pot. If it feels wet or damp, don’t do anything and check back again in a few days. If it feels dry to the touch, then it’s time for a good drink.
If the leaves of your plant start to droop, step in and check if its thirsty. It may look alarming, but a good drink will quickly sort the problem. If you know you’re watering like a pro, but your peace lily is still suffering then it might be the water. They are particularly sensitive to fluoride found in tap water and you might need to consider using filtered water instead (at room temperature is best).
PRUNING YOUR PEACE LILY
Every spring the peace lily should bloom producing approximately three or four flowers that usually last for about a month (some of you may be lucky enough for a second display in the autumn).
Using sharp shears (scissors will also do) cut close at the bottom of the stem near to the base of the plant. Disinfect the shears after each cut to prevent the spread of disease.
REPOTTING YOUR PEACE LILY
If you’ve noticed that the leaves are starting to droop very quickly after watering, then it could be root bound. You can check if this is happening by looking to see if the roots are growing out the bottom of the container or slide the plant out of the pot and see if the roots are filling the space. If this is the case, then it’s time for a new pot (even if there aren’t any obvious problems your plant will like some fresh soil every couple of years).
Don’t worry if you plant looks a bit unhappy for a few days, it will quickly revive.