Growing Peace Lilies

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Peace Lily

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum x 'Clevelandii') are popular house plants with their showy flowers and glossy green leaves.

Especially in winter, these indoor plants can really lift the spirits. Maybe it’s because peace lilies are one of the few foliage plants that bloom in the low light conditions found in most homes.

Although these slow-growing plants will survive low light, they grow better and bloom more in bright filtered light. Just remember: never put this plant in direct sunlight, or it could cause sunburn.

Grow these pretty plants in well-drained potting mix that is allowed to dry slightly between watering. Soggy soil will cause the plant to suffer from root rot, but too little water will cause the plant to wilt. Try to use water that is at room temperature.

For best results, feed peace lilies with a balanced, liquid houseplant fertilizer (such as 20-20-20) every couple months. You’ll keep your peace lilies happy with daytime temperatures between 65 to 85 degrees F. and a bit cooler at night. These plants are cold-sensitive, so avoid having them in temperatures lower than 60 degrees F.

 

Deadheading purple lilies

 

The long-lasting flowers will eventually fade. I cut mine off using a Fiskars Multi-Snip Pruner, which I keep indoors to handle other household jobs. When the leaves accumulate dust, simply wipe the leaves with a damp cloth regularly. These carefree-plants rarely suffer from pest damage, making them ideal for busy gardeners looking for an easy way to add natural beauty to their homes in winter.

 

Close-up of peace lily