How to Care for a Peace Lily Plant
If you’re trying to find the perfect houseplant for your home, look no further than the peace lily! Not only do they look wonderful and come in a variety of different sizes, but they’re also amazingly easy to care for! Just learn these tips on How to Care for a Peace Lily plant and your lily will flourish for years to come!
Peace lilies thrive under indirect light. That doesn’t mean low light, it just means that they prefer not to be pressed right against your brightest window. But anywhere else in a decently lit room is likely to be a good place for your peace lily. In fact, peace lilies can even thrive in a room with only fluorescent lights as their light source!
The number one thing you need to learn about how to care for a peace lily is how to water them. Peace lilies’ soil should be kept moist, but if you find yourself having to water them all the time, that means they need different soil and/or a different pot. Ideally, your peace lily should be planted in soil that drains well and in a decently large enough container that the soil can hold water for a couple of days. Watering once a week is usually enough with good soil and a proper pot.
Peace lilies like fertilizer, but not all the time. In general, wait a month and a half after fertilizing before fertilizing again. A liquid 20-20-20 fertilizer works well. If your peace lily is being kept in an area without a lot of light (and as a result is growing slowly), you only need to fertilize every 3 months. If you’re not that into fertilizing but still want to make sure you get great peace lily flowers, at least fertilize your plant during the spring and summer.
Peace lilies prefer to be at average room temperatures, which is great because that’s usually the temperature your house is at! However, if you want to best care for a peace lily you need to make sure not to place your lily near anything that will make it hotter (like a heater, fireplace, or oven) or by anything that will make it cold (like a drafty door or window). Also, avoid placing your plant by any cold supply vents.
Lastly, to perfectly care for a peace lily, you should recreate the humidity of its native tropical environment. You can easily do this by putting a humidifier in the same room, or by just misting the plant’s leaves every so often. You may also want to get several peace lilies or other high-humidity plants and pot them all together. Group potting like this creates a miniature sort of rainforest environment that helps all the plants better maintain their moisture levels.
So as you can see, peace lilies make wonderfully low-maintenance houseplants! If you take good care of your plant, it could live 5 years, or more (though 3-5 is the average).
If you have pets, remember to keep them away from your peace lily. While the peace lily is not the Easter lily (which can kill an animal within 24 hours of being ingested), eating a peace lily can still make your pet very sick. Luckily most pets won’t really eat a peace lily as the plant irritates their mouth right away, so they usually stop. But still, some pets are stubborn and will keep at it anyway, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Interestingly enough, the oxalates that can make your pet sick can also irritate your skin when you handle the plant (like while you’re repotting it). So wear gardening gloves while dealing with your lily, and if it does irritate your skin, wash the area with soap and water.
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