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Proper care of peace lilies:
- Peace lilies thrive in warm, humid indoor environments, but cannot be left outside year-round. They thrive in warm rooms with indirect sunlight, such as North or West-facing windows. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the plant to become unhealthy and develop brown, shriveled leaves. Keep the plant close to windows, but not directly under them, to ensure optimal growth. Avoid exposing the plant to cold air or too much sun to prevent unhealthy growth.
- Water your peace lily attentively, adding enough water when the soil is dry but not so much as to create standing water. Too little water can cause the plant to wilt and die, while too much water can cause root rot and be fatal. It is recommended to water once per week when the soil is dry, and it is sometimes even recommended to wait until the plant has begun to wilt slightly before each watering. Peace lily should be watered from above or below?
- To ensure peace lilies thrive in tropical high humidity, regularly mist their leaves with a spray bottle, replicating the humid air of the rain forest. During the summer growing season, mist the plant more frequently to provide more water for the blooms, resulting in healthier growth.
- This plant is sensitive to chlorine, so use de chlorinated water. You can de chlorinate tap water by leaving it out at room temperature for 24 hours.
- Peace lilies don’t require frequent pruning, but if their limbs or leaves become brown or wilted, pruning may be necessary to prevent energy loss. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to remove unhealthy or dead spots, making clean cuts near the soil level without damaging healthy tissue. This helps prevent the plant from wasting energy on dying appendages.
- Wilting and brown leaves can simply be an indication that you forgot to water your plant, but they can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. If you find yourself frequently needing to prune even when caring for your lily properly, look for signs of a more serious problem (see “Solving Peace Lily Maladies” below) and seek to cure the root cause.
- Fertilizing peace lilies should be done cautiously, as they require minimal maintenance beyond water and indirect sunlight. Fertilizers and nutrient supplements are not necessary for a healthy peace lily. However, if desired for large, vibrant blooms, avoid over-fertilization. Use a standard 20-20-20 house plant fertilizer at half or one quarter its recommended strength, once per month in spring and summer, when the plant’s growth is most active.
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- Green blooms are a sign of over-fertilization. If your plant exhibits this symptom, stop fertilizing and cut your fertilizer dose in half the next growth season.
Peace lilies, like most potted plants, will eventually grow too large to thrive in their original container. This can be indicated by frequent watering, yellowing leaves, and roots crowding the soil surface. Peace lilies should be re-potted every 1-2 years, and if you notice these symptoms after this time, your plant is likely a candidate for re-potting. It’s crucial to recognize these signs and take necessary action to ensure the plant’s health and longevity.
- When re-potting a peace lily, it’s crucial to use a larger pot with a diameter of 2 inches (5.1 cm) wider than the previous one. This will allow the plant to grow for several years. Peace lily typically require pots larger than 10 inches (25.4 cm) in diameter. Pot materials like ceramic, plastic, and clay are suitable. Ensure the pot has drainage holes on the bottom to allow water to drain from it, as this can prevent root rot. If the lily continues to show troubling symptoms, another issue may arise.
Peace lilies, native to tropical rain forests, thrive under a thick, multi-tiered forest canopy surrounded by decaying plant matter. To maintain their quality, choose a peat-based potting soil with composted bark, sand, or per lite. The soil should be light, springy, and have minimal odor for proper drainage and minimal odor.
- To transfer a plant to its new container, fill it with compacted soil that comfortably supports the plant. Gently pack the soil down to prevent sinking. Remove the peace lily from its pot and place it on the soil in its new pot. Add soil from the original pot around the plant, using familiar soil to ease its transition. Water the plant and add more soil as it settles. Once the transition is complete, the soil should be at a level about 1/2″ to 1″ below the rim of the pot.
To support a new plant after re-potting, use a sturdy wooden stake or dowel to hold the peace lily’s stalk up. Bury the stake in the potting soil, ensuring it doesn’t damage the plant’s roots. Use a wire to tie the stalk to the stake. Remove the stake when the plant has established its roots and can stand on its own.
- To create two separate plants, pot a “crown” from the old plant. If you want to grow a new plant in another pot, remove one of the crowns and pot it in the new pot instead of the entire lily. Peace lily crowns are clusters of two or more leaves that are separate and distinct from the main part of the plant. To separate a crown from the main plant, remove the entire plant, crowns, and all, from its pot. Work from the top of the crown down to the roots, disentangling them from the main plant. Plant the crown in its own small pot, no bigger than about 6 inches in diameter, as with a normal peace lily.
Improper watering is a common issue in growing peace lilies, causing non-specific symptoms that may overlap with other ailments. To fix this, try addressing the signs of under-watering, such as dry soil, wilting, yellowing leaves, and a drooping stalk. Regular watering and misting can help address this issue. Over-watering, on the other hand, is more difficult to diagnose but often characterized by brown leaf tips and can lead to root rot, a more serious condition. It is essential to address these issues before resorting to more drastic solutions.
- Root rot is a serious condition that can kill potted plants with roots below the surface. It is caused by over-watering or poor drainage, as roots struggle to get the necessary air for proper functioning. Water molds contribute to the spreading rot, which can spread to other plants if adequate moisture is present. To remedy root rot, remove the lily from its pot, cut off dead or rotten parts, and place it in a new pot with dry soil and proper drainage. Root rot infects the plant below the surface but causes it to die above ground. If the lily appears increasingly wilted even with proper sun and frequent watering, root rot is likely the culprit.
Peace lilies are susceptible to pest infestations, such as aphids and mites. If the leaves wilt or die, along with visible pests, a sticky discharge, or white webbing, it’s likely a pest infestation. Use a strong stream of water to remove the pests, then use a plant-safe insecticide or a homemade insecticidal soap recipe. Mix vegetable oil, cayenne pepper, and natural fat-derived soap in warm water. Spray the mixture on the plant, test on a small part, and leave it in place for a day to prevent damage. And now: How to save a peace lily from root rot?
- Fungus infections can range from harmless to potentially fatal. If a white or grey fuzzy growth appears on the soil, it is not a threat to the plant. To clear this minor fungal growth, sprinkle cinnamon with anti-fungal properties. If the lily develops a dark or black coating on its stalk or leaves, it likely has a serious fungal infection. Discarding the entire plant is always a viable option, as fungal spores can re-infect other plants. If you want to save the plant, carefully remove affected areas and discard them in a safe location, like your garbage. Then, water the plant with compost tea, a natural fungicide, to kill any remaining spores in the soil.