Why choose a Peace Lily?
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) as the name suggests are full of tranquil energy. The rich glossy foliage contrasts beautifully with the delicate white bracts. They are easy to look after and are excellent at purifying the air. They are native to South America and Southeastern Asia and love warmth and humidity. They are known as the bringer of peace as the white spathe represents a white flag, an everyday symbol of truce. They make an excellent gift for someone going through difficult times as they symbolise tranquility.
- Position - Peace Lilies like low to bright, indirect sunlight. They are perfect for a darker room or the corner of a room. Prolonged exposure to bright direct sunlight can damage the leaves and flowers.
- Potting - Transfer to the next size pot up when the roots appear through the bottom of the pot or the stems become severely overcrowded. Spring is the ideal time to repot your plant.
- Care - Water regularly and keep the soil moist but not wet. In spring and summer feed with liquid house plant food fortnightly. Remove the spent blooms and clean the leaves regularly to promote good photosynthesis. Mist regularly or place on wet pebbles to keep the humidity up.
- Propagation - Peace Lilies can be propagated by division during any season. This evolves removing a section from the mother plant either by hand or using a sharp knife. The crown should have at least 2 leaves and some roots. You can also grow Peace Lilies from seed but this can take a long time.
- Pets - Although not technically poisonous, Peace Lilies contain calcium oxalate crystals which can prove bothersome to both pets and people if consumed.