Peace lilies are one of the favorites for indoor gardeners for their super glossy leaves and pleasant flowers. So, let’s have a quick overview and step by step ideas for the peace lily plant watering, pruning, and propagation.
- 1 How to Take Care of Peace Lily Plants
- 2 Peace Lily Care: Quick Look
Why have peace lily plants at home: Benefits
- A lovely plant that forgives you, even if you forget to water in your busy schedule.
- One of the top-rated air-purifying plants reducing indoor pollution for better air quality.
- Non-demanding plant with lesser maintenance.
- It’s simply an amazing plant with glossy dark leaves and lovely flowers that’s aesthetically pleasing.
- Removes acetone, mildew, mold spores, and thrives with less care absorbing excess moisture.
- Don’t know whether it’s lucky or not but surely calming with its appearance sending good vibes and promoting sleep.
- These vibrant plants can grow up to 5 feet high and can happily live for 3 to 5 years with proper care.
How to Take Care of Peace Lily Plants
Peace Lily Care: Quick Look
Soil and potting mix: Needs well-drained rich soil or loamy soil with compost and elements which support good drainage.
Watering: Water once in a week or when an inch depth of your soil has turned dry. Don’t over or underwatering which will make your plant leaves droop down.
Sunlight: Well-lit warm and humid room with partial sunlight for the plant. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf burns.
Flowering: They can tolerate low light, but the too-low light conditions could make even a healthy plant go without blooms. Using fluorescent lights indoors during winter and cloudy months could provide enough light for your plant.
Fertilizer: Peace lily plants don’t demand fertilizers, it is okay to fertilize once in 3 months, use fertilizer in lower dose and strength.
Propagate: Gently take your plant out and check for a new base stem with shoots and roots. Split them to get new plants from the mama.
Transplanting/repotting: When your plant wilts or drinks more water often, it’s time to repot your plant.
Growing peace lily in water: Yes you can, wash your new plants and let them happily sit in a bowl of water with its base above the water surface.
Grow bigger peace lily plants: Prevent your plant from getting stressed from overwatering and sun. Partial sunlight, misting and organic fertilizers will help your plant grow bigger without burning leaves.
Dying peace lily care: Move it away from heavy air currents, heat sources, prolonged hours of direct sunlight, dark corners. Wilting crispy leaves indicate is underwatered, while soft and drooping leaves mean you are overwatering.
Toxic to cats and dogs: Though peace lily is not fatally toxic, it’s harmful if your pet takes a few bites from it and ingests it. As it contains insoluble calcium oxalates that could hurt your pet with a burning sensation from the mouth down to the stomach accompanied by swallowing difficulty, vomiting, and drooling. Either keep the plants away or use deterrents or train your pets to stay away.
Growing peace lily from seeds: Yes you can grow peace lily from seed pods. Sow the seeds your potting mix at 1inch depth and water it to keep the soil moist. Seeds germinate in a week or two, but it will take years together for the plant to bloom. Also, peace lily can’t be propagated from leaves or stems other than division at the root level.
Now let’s look into each section deeply
Unlike soil-sensitive plants, peace lily plants will thrive in regular soil with house plant potting mix or even succulent plant potting mix. A well-drained nutrient-rich potting mix or loamy organic matter-rich compost goes well for this plant.
Any kind of soil is okay along with one part of sand or perlite or barks or peat moss, for increased aeration.
How often and when to water peace lilies
Overwatering and underwatering can make the leaves droop. Peace lily plants are good at handling underwatering rather than over-watering and root rot.
When to water: It is best to water your plant when the soil has turned dry. If you are unsure, you can poke your finger or stick to know if the soil is moist or dry.
Though peace lily plants are low maintenance plants, they are sensitive to chemicals fluoride and chlorine in the water. Use filtered normal water at room temperature.
Watering weekly once is good but it also depends on your zone and season of the year. Yet wilting is a major sign that shows it’s over or underwatered.
Being tropical by nature your peace lilies like humid climate and like to be misted in summer for healthy growth.
If your plant has drooping leaves even after watering, do check blocked drain holes for proper drainage. Over wet soil will suffocate your plant without enough air pockets.
Sunlight Needs for Peace Lily
Peace lily plants are one of the best low-light and shade-loving plants. Place in a well-lit room with indirect sunlight for your plant.
They can also survive in a room with fluorescent lamps and without sunlight. But, having enough indirect sunlight will make your plants bloom faster.
Although peace lilies can tolerate bright light under a window or in a corner, extended hours under direct sunlight will burn your plants. Just like watering, too much sunlight can also make your plant leaf turn yellow or even burn it to brown.
Shadier and medium-light corners are just apt for your peace lily plants.
Transplanting, Repotting, and Fertilizers
Peace lily plants are not fast growers and they ask you for bigger pots every few months.
When to transplant/repot bigger: When your peace lily often shows signs of drooping leaves and the soil dries every few days mean your plant is drinking more and it has outgrown the pot. So, it’s time your plant is asking for a bigger space(pot).
Should you water after transplanting: Water your plant only if the soil has gone dry or if you have recently used fertilizers for that plant. Transplant shock is common and it will spring back soon from wilting so, water or mist only if it’s really dry.
When to add fertilizers: They are not aggressive and hefty eaters, so feeding once every three months is more than enough.
If you are about to use synthetic fertilizers use the 20-20-20 in half or go for lower strength and dose than regular.
Using vermicompost or compost is good to go as it’s rich and has a better water holding capacity. Also, organic compost can be used once a month which slowly releases enough nitrogen and potassium for your peace lilies.
Banana peels, coffee, and eggshells as fertilizer: Ues you can bury them in the pot or sprinkle them on the soil surface, yet it is recommended to add them to compost. As fruit peels or crushed eggshells or coffee powder processed by worms or organisms are much more easily absorbed by plants.
How to Propagate Peace Lily in Soil and Water
You can’t grow a peace lily from its leaf or stem but, you can get a new plant by division. Splitting your peace lily should be done during the normal days of any season, not in extreme cold or peak summer. As it may add division and transplant shock for the plant added to the climatic season stress.
Without much root damage slowly take the plant out and gently massage out the clean the debris for clear roots.
Check the core part of the plant for additional shoots with leaves
Now gentle and slowly split the part from the core which formed its base and stems with the new shoot of leaves and roots attached.
Now you have two or three plants depending upon the number of crowns with new shoots. Later repot them in loamy soil with compost and perlite or similar ones to keep it well-drained and moist.
Growing peace lily in Water: Just like repotting in mother plant, take the divided peace lily and wash in tap water to get rid of dirt for clear roots.
Now you can use a glass bowl or the container you have bought it, half fill it with water, and place the plant.
Make sure to keep the base of your plant remains about the water level. You can use plugs, pebbles, or river stones to keep your plant’s base above the water surface with its roots submerged in water.
How to Propagate Peace Lily Plants
Pruning Peace Lily Plants
Pruning or trimming is needed when your peace lily is overgrown or turning old.
Once a stalk wilts and turns old and brown after bloom, you can prune the stalk near its base. As that stalk is not going to bloom again, also you cut the leaves a few inches above the soil surface, that have turned brown or yellow.
Also cutting off old and wilted leaves from an outgrown plant will help the plant make new shoots out from the base for lush and glossy new leaves. Moreover, trimming off will also help the rest of the foliage stay healthy.
If you wish to keep your peace lily small, prune yellowing and browning stalks at the soil line and divide/ split at the root level to create a new set of smaller plants.