Gardening Tips: How to Create the Perfect Water for Your Peace Lily Plant


Many homes will have the Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum. Although not a true lily, it has for years been considered a symbol of purity, healing and prosperity, but so often these beautiful plants begin to wilt, the leaves turn brown and s scale to the touch and hang their heads in shame.

The peace lily, however, is an easy-to-grow houseplant. They are native to South and Central America and grow in the moist, rich humus found in the understory of trees. This gives us an idea of ​​the growing conditions, i.e. warm and humid environments, that our indoor plants need to survive.

When you have mastered these (young padawan), you will have a plant to be proud of; “Pay attention to what you have learned. Save it you can. You have to be patient…”

So how do we reproduce the rainforests of Central America in our homes? The first consideration is the amount of light.

Peace lilies require bright, indirect light, such as an east-facing window or a room that receives full light from a south- or west-facing window.

If you have sheers or drapes hanging in front of a south-facing window, make sure your plant is on the windowsill of the room and not between the fabric and the window.

If you have frosted glass in a bathroom, this is ideal because you are giving the plant bright, indirect light and it is in a humid environment.

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Peace lilies like heat, so ideally the room temperature should be between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius during the day and c. 10 degrees Celsius at night.

Extreme heat will cause the plant to wilt, as will cold temperatures. Avoid placing your peace lily near an open window or door or an open fireplace as it hates drafts. Also, stay away from a lit open fire or wood stove.

To help with the humidity, you can of course place it in a bathroom or shower where the steam will keep your plant happy. Alternatively, group your houseplants together and they will create a microclimate and help maintain humidity via other plants that transpire water.

Using a fogger, you can mist the air around the plant with water. Always use water at room temperature.

Alternatively, fill a saucer with pebbles, then fill it halfway with water. Place the houseplant on the pebbles, making sure the bottom of the pot does not touch the water. As the water evaporates, it will help increase the humidity. Finally, you can buy humidifiers but make sure it’s not too close to the peace lily, as you don’t want moisture to start condensing on the leaves.

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For roots and soil, use a general purpose peat-free or houseplant compost, and choose a pot that’s no more than one-third larger than the root ball. This pot should also have drainage holes in the bottom.

Fill a watering can with water the night before and water your plant the next morning. The water will now be at room temperature, which is ideal.

Be sure to water it well, but let the water drain completely before putting it back in its cache pot, on its saucer, or on the windowsill. Water regularly (once a week), keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged.

In spring and summer, use a general liquid food for indoor plants once a fortnight. In winter, you can delay watering a little every 10-15 days. It is not necessary to feed the plant during the winter.

If the leaves turn brown at the edges, the plant is getting too much direct light.

If the brown border flakes off when touched, that’s a sign the humidity needs to be increased. If you see fungus gnats, the compost is too wet. Hold back the watering.

If you think you are following all of the above and your peace lily is still wilting over the summer, it could be the result of a disease called cylindrocladian root rot.

Remove the plant from its pot, treat the roots with a fungicide and repot the plant in new, clean potting soil and a sterilized pot.


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