PLANT PROFILE: Peace Lily
Common Name: Peace Lily
Scientific/Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum Wallisii
Origin: South America
Watering: Peace Lily’s LOVE water. We suggest to buy a nice pot, and just sit the already potted plant inside of it, this allows water to drain out of the soiled pot but also allows the plant to sit in its excess water which is happy doing in small doses!
If you have a spray bottle, mist the leaves every few days, the Lily loves a good humid environment from time to time and this creates the perfect replica.
Climate: The Peace Lily is a little care free when it comes to temperature, but we suggest keep the temperature moderate and no lower than 12 degrees.
Sunlight: A wonderful thing about the Peace Lily is that it loves the shade! Meaning it is happy to have a well lit environment but isn’t fussed with being on a shelf away from a window. Bonus points, huh!
Avoid direct sunlight as the Lily’s easily burn and flowers become very brown.
How does the Plant go with pets?
Here at EEFM, we know that our little furry friends can really be little devils and like to munch on our plants! Lucky for us our animals don’t seem to fussed by our plants but if your four legged family members are notorious for eating plants, it would be best to avoid the Peace Lily or if you only have doggies, place it up high where they are unable to get there mouths on it!
Eaten in larges doses any plant can be harmful to our pets but in the Lily’s case it’s actually the flowers and the pollen of the flowers which can be very nasty to our animals. So please make sure your animals are kept well away from these plants!
How big does the plant grow?
The Peace Lily is commonly quite a small plant, however there are some Lily varieties that can be big. So, depending on which variety you get (typically the smaller variety if you’re purchasing from EEFM), these plants can fit just about anywhere, on any shelf, table or floor space in the house.
Fertilizer: Peace Lily’s like regular fertilizing in the warmer weather, but can definitely survive quite happily without it. Every two weeks in spring and summer, give it a diluted liquid fertilizer and it will show you how beneficial this can be!
Repotting: This plant is best to be re-potted each spring. Seems like a lot but moving up in pot size is a really great thing for the Peace Lily and also a great way to show yourself the Lily is very happy
Crispy brown leaves - Under watering! This plant LOVES water as already mentioned, is you find the leave start to brown and become crispy in your hand, give the plant a good ol’ flooding of water in the bath or shower
No flowers? This is a tricky one, although the Peace Lily’s produce their beautiful flowers, the amount of flowering really depends on how happy the Lily is in it’s environment. Now, just because the Lily isn’t flowering, doesn’t mean it’s dying! It just means that perhaps it may want a little more water or sunlight. Trial and error of positioning is the key!
- Yellowing of the leave – Possible sunburn. Too much light exposure can cause these plants to really struggle. Stick it is a shadier spot and let it recoup!
Removing Pollutants: Isn’t it amazing that plants breathe in the waste we humans create. How could we not love them anymore? Well, the Peace Lily’s don’t just breathe in CO2, they also are fabulous filters for chemicals (typically found in bug spray, cleaning products) including; formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethane and the list of hard to pronounce harmful chemicals goes on. So having the Peace Lily around means happy lungs, happy body and see ya later harmful pollutants!
Little Fun Facts!
The flowers are actually called Spathe. This is why the Peace Lily is sometimes referred to as a Spathe Flower Plant
The Spathe flowers grow in a twisted stem before eventually opening up into the beautiful white or yellowed flower.