Peace Lily is a graceful, peaceful plant that work with any decor. These plants do best when placed in fluorescent to bright indirect light with consistent moisture. They stand to dry out some, but do not like to constantly dry out. Peace Lily flowers are a cream colored spadix surrounded by a clear white spathe. The glossy green foliage does well in most living spaces, and actually cleans the indoor air of toxins, including benzene, toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene, ammonia and formaldehyde. Peace Lilies are renowned for their low maintenance care.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 20″ – 30″ tall
Mature Width: 20″ – 26″
Classification: Prominent Flower
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright, direct light
Flower Color: White
Foliage: Green, shiny
Soil Condition: Regular potting mix
Water Require: Likes to stay slightly moist
Uses: Efficient at cleaning air indoors, does well in most spaces.
Does Not Ship To: CA, WA, OR, AZ
Peace Lily is an elegant houseplant that does best with bright, indirect light to flower. The white ‘flowers’ are actually a spathe or modified leaf that covers the cream colored spadix, a cluster of very small, true flowers. Peace Lilies are not a true lily, rather they are an Arum, or in the same family as Chinese Evergreens, Anthurium, and Elephant Ears. All of these plants have a similarly shaped flower with two parts, spathe and spadix. Peace Lilies are one of the most effective houseplants at removing toxins from indoor air. Of all the plants studied by NASA, Peace Lilies were one of the few plants that removed all of the tested toxins from the air, including benzene, toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene, ammonia and formaldehyde.
Light Requirement of Peace Lily:
Peace Lily performs well in fluorescent light like office buildings or atriums or anywhere away from direct light. They can handle the bright, indirect light found in a northern or partially shaded eastern windowsill. Western or southern exposure would work as long as the plant is away from the window or the window is well shaded. More bright, indirect light will produce more blooms whereas plants kept in lower light conditions will typically flower less often.
Watering Peace Lily:
Peace Lilies like to stay slightly moist, not too wet or too dry. Too many yellow leaves means the plant is staying wet too often, whereas brown tips on the leaves means it has been kept too dry. They recover well from drying out occasionally. Some owners wait until they see Peace Lilies wilt, making it clear when the plant absolutely needs water. Wilting can also be caused by the plant staying too wet; check the soil condition before watering excessively.
Fertilizing Peace Lily:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Jade Pothos. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment.
Best Growing Soil for Peace Lily:
Peace Lilies do best in soil that stays slightly moist. Regular potting mix works well, try to keep the soil from drying out too much that it compacts, as it can be difficult to rehydrate. Peace Lilies also do well if grown exclusively in water without soil, and are frequently found on green walls (living, planted walls).
History and Naming of Peace Lilies:
Originally from the tropical rain forest of Colombia and Venezuela, Peace Lilies like shadier locations and loves a warm, humid environment. In 1824, Gustav Wallis brought the Peace Lily from the Colombian jungle to Europe. His name is reflected in the Latin name. These elegant plants are best propagated by division, although they do produce viable seeds. Rhizomes produced under the soil can be split up and divided with a sanitized knife, then transplanted into individual containers.
Spathiphyllum wallisii is Greek for leaf-spathe, referring to the character of the spathe, which is the white leaf surrounding the cream colored thick, protruding flower cluster.