The peace lily, a popular indoor plant in Australia, is known for its beautiful white, shiny flowers that brighten any room. However, these flowers can change color, turning green or brown, making gardening a rewarding experience. The peace lily, a popular indoor plant in Australia, is known for its beautiful white, shiny flowers that brighten any room. However, these flowers can change color, turning green or brown, making gardening a rewarding experience.
Why Do Peace Lily Flowers Turn Green?
Spathes, the beautiful peace lily blooms, may transition to a green color due to various reasons.
A peace lily’s flowers turn green due to aging, as the white spathe ages and becomes a modified leaf, allowing existing blooms to photosynthesis more effectively. This process is common among lily species.
Peace lilies can become stressed due to inconsistent watering, pest infestations, or being pot-bound. Even reporting can cause more stress, as these factors divert energy away from maintaining bright white spathes, leading to their greening.
Excessive fertilization of a peace lily can alter soil pH, potentially impacting flower color, and may also lead to greener spathes.
The environment, including temperature and humidity, can influence the coloration of spathes, as the plant may produce more green flowers under less ideal growing conditions.
Some peace lily varieties produce greener spathes, while hybrid or different varieties may have a different natural flower color from the standard white.
How to Prevent Green Blooms on Your Peace Lily
While it’s natural for peace lily flowers to turn green as they age, there are a few steps you can take to prolong their radiant white appearance:
Provide adequate lighting
Peace lilies require bright indirect light, so placing them near a window with filtered sunlight can help maintain their white blooms.
Peace lilies require water for their health, but it’s crucial not to over water them. Wait until the top inch of soil feels dry before watering again.
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 6-8 weeks to maintain the health and vibrant blooms of your peace lily.