These members of the Aracea family are one of the most adaptable and low-maintenance houseplants. NASA has put these vibrant plants on “The list of top ten household air cleaning plants”. These air purifying plants blend perfectly into your home and enhance its minimalistic aesthetic! Although peace lilies are not actual lilies, they are just as beautiful with their white flowers, which resemble that of the calla lilies. Native primarily to tropical rain forests of America, the peace lily plant is a vibrant and graceful perennial that adds life to any space. There exists a wide variety of sizes and types of these lilies. They make great floor plants, since they grow up to 3 feet tall with wide and bold, dark green leaves. These tropical shade loving plants can manage just fine in darker quarters such as offices & bedrooms.
Common name: Peace lily
Scientific name: Spathiphyllum Wallisii
Size: 3 feet tall. A few hybrids may even grow up to 4 feet.
Maintenance: Minimal care required.
Toxicity: Can cause irritation in the mouth and stomach if ingested.
Where to keep the plant: Can do very well indoors as well as outdoors.
One of the pros of having a peace lily is the fact that it tells you when it’s thirsty. The plant gets saggy, essentially telling you it needs water. Watering at least once a week and keeping the soil moist are a few bare requirements to keep the plant healthy. It’s best to wait until the plant droops before watering.
Peace lilies are tolerable towards fluorescent lights and prefer to be kept in partial light shade. They can make it through window- less spaces too!
As long as the soil holds moisture while draining well enough to support your plant, nearly any soil designed for houseplants will work for peace lilies.
Peace lilies enjoy most temperatures, which we humans enjoy too. This is one of the features that make a peace lily the perfect indoor plant.
Peace lilies are not heavy feeders, so fertilization is required only occasionally. To encourage spring and summer growth, fertilize every 6 weeks or so with a balanced houseplant fertilizer starting in late winter.
Peace lilies cannot be propagated by leaf or stem cuttings, but they can easily be propagated by division during any season. Gently remove the mother plant from its pot. Gently pull apart the roots to find a clump of roots with several leaves. Cut any roots connecting to the mother plant and the new clump. Plant the new peace lily in the smaller pot you prepared, voila, you have a new peace lily.