Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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    A shaded area is best.

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    Water frequently in summer.

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    High humidity; mist regularly.

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    Feed in spring/summer.

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    Normal room temperature.

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    Mealy bugs, white flies, scale and spider mites

About the Peace Lily

The Spathiphyllum is a great house plant to own as it produces lovely green foliage and white blooms that appear at the end of a long stalks. You’ll like this one if you want and easy plant to care for. It’ll also be a good one to buy for someone as a gift if you’re not sure how green-fingered they are.

The Peace lily is ideal for the bedroom because it is one of the best plants for purifying the air. Some plants can also grow to around 90cm or more in height so you could find a table for it or place it on the floor. A large Spathiphyllum could make a beautiful addition to a room.

Caring for your Peace Lily

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    Don't let the Spathiphyllum sit in direct sunlight as this can damage the plant. A north-facing window would be a good placement as it'll provide enough light.

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    Water well in spring and summer but less frequently in winter. Put your finger in below the soil and see how it feels - if it's dry then water; if it feels moist then it doesn't need any more. If your plants leaves have drooped drastically it means that the plant is crying out for water. Water immediately, often at this stage it's better to remove from its pot and submerge the whole plant in room-temperature water, allowing the water to drain completely before placing it back in its pot. You'll be surprised to see how quickly the Peace Lily will recover.

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    The Spathiphyllum originates from the tropics so it will thrive in humid conditions. You can try to improve humidity by misting regularly and placing it around other plants.

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    Feed during spring and summer growing periods.

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    Don't place the Peace lily in a cold room or one that gets a lot of draughts or cold air coming in. It'll do best in normal room temperatures.

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    Your Peace lily could be attacked by mealy bugs, white flies, scale and spider mites. If you regularly clean the plant's leaves you can keep an eye out for any pests and treat with some insecticide from your local garden centre.

First aid for your Peace Lily

Common problems

The leaves are turning yellow

Yellow leaves can mean that the Peace lily is getting too much light so try moving it further away from the window. If there are brown spots it means that the sun is scorching the leaves so again, move it away from direct sunlight.

My plant has never flowered

This can be a sign of the plant not getting enough light. You could move it to a brighter area. Some experts suggest separating the plant and repotting, which can encourage more flowers to appear.

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