Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum), also known as closet plants, are a popular choice for offices and homes. When it comes to indoor plants, peace lily plants are some of the easiest to care for. But, while peace lily plant care is easy, proper growing conditions are still important. Peace Lily, Oxygen Bombs!
Peace Lily, Oxygen Bombs
This deep green plant with gorgeous bright white blooms helps humans prosper by significantly improving their indoor air quality. Helping to prevent asthma, headaches, chronic illness, cancers and more.
The Peace Lily does all that simply by being there in your home. It can detox your air of the following toxins: formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. It cleanses the air of cigarette smoke, paint and furniture fumes and more.
Light And Temperature
Unlike many plants, peace lilies will thrive in low-light areas. You can place them 5-8 feet from a window and they’ll do just fine. If you place them in direct sunlight for long periods of time, the leaves will yellow, die, and fall off. If you have no light whatsoever, many gardeners have successfully grown them under T5 fluorescent grow lights. So even in the dead of winter you can enjoy beautiful lilies!
Peace lilies should be grown in temperatures ranging from 68-80°F. Don’t place them in a drafty area as they do not like it. They don’t tolerate extreme cold well, so if your temperatures drop below 45°F, they will most likely die.
For a plant to stay healthy and attractive. It is important to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth on a regular basis. This helps take off the dust and enhance its appearance. As well as remove any pests that may have gathered on the underside of the leaves.
One of the great advantages in maintaining the Peace Lily is that it droops when water is needed. However, there are still a number of factors that can affect how often you water. The warmer the room temperature, the more water your plant will use. Wintertime heating is very drying and plants in the house will use more water in winter than in summer, generally.
Water thoroughly with room temperature water, that is, pour water all around the soil until water comes out of the drain holes at the bottom. Standing water should not be left in the saucer for more than 15 minutes. No need to water again until the surface of the soil is just about dry. The time between watering depends on how much light the plant is receiving and the room temperature. This is why checking soil moisture before watering is important.
How To Get Peace Lilies To Flower
Most often, if no flowers are appearing, the plant is not getting enough light. Peace lilies are very tolerant of low light, but low light does not mean no light! To encourage flowering, move the plant to a brighter location, where it will receive bright, indirect light.
Green flowers, weak-looking flowers, or a general lack of flowers can be caused by improper fertilizing. In the case of green flowers, cut back on fertilizing. In the case of weak-looking flowers or a lack of flowers, try switching to a fertilizer made for flowering plants. This type of fertilizer will have a higher amount of phosphorous, which plants need for blooming.
Top Indoor Plants For Cleaning Air
A long-time favorite among house plant enthusiasts. Research conducted by NASA found the Peace Lily to be one of the top indoor plants for cleaning air. This tropical plant breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.
While we all appreciate cleaner air, it’s the Peace Lily’s occasional white bloom that makes it such a popular house plant.