Watering a peace lily

Spathiphyllum Care

With the graceful common name “peace lily”, Spathiphyllum is an easy care, low light houseplant. It also removes many toxins from indoor air including formaldehyde and ammonia.

Temperature:
Regular house temperatures to slightly on the warm side. Avoid hot or cold drafts.

Light:
While Spathiphyllum will tolerate very low light, without some brightness from a window or a lamp, they are unlikely to bloom much, if at all. They can tolerate anything except direct, and bloom more the more light they receive.

Water:
Ideally, keep the soil evenly moist (not wet!) Otherwise water thoroughly when the soil just becomes dry but do not let the plant sit in water. Avoid allowing the plant to wilt (although Spathiphyllum will recover amazingly from wilting very badly, you’re likely to see a lot of yellow leaves as a consequence if it happens too often.) Like low light, Spathiphyllum will survive low water levels, but will never thrive as well as when proper watering is followed.

Once in a while, put the plant in the shower and water the leaves to wash off any accumulated dust.

Spathiphyllum ‘Sensation’ | Plant Care Guide

The bigger cousin to the smaller and more common peace lily, this stunner makes a statement with her big lush green leaves. Just as easy to care for as the smaller peace lily and therefore the perfect plant to give as a gift.

Difficulty Level – Easy

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The peace lily will tolerate low light but will grow even faster in medium light. Direct sunlight, however, will burn its delicate leaves.

Allow the top of the soil to dry out 1 inch between waters or simply wait for her leaves to droop. Cut back watering in the cooler months to give the plant a chance to rest and go semi-dormant. And don’t leave him sitting with water in the drip tray.

If you notice that the plant is constantly dry and looking a tad sad or not absorbing any water, try placing it in a tray of water and pour room temperature (not cold) water into the top of the pot. You will likely see bubbles which means there are pockets of air in the soil that don’t allow the soil to absorb water. Continue filling the pot from the top until you can’t see any more bubbles. Keep the pot in the tray of water overnight to give it a chance to soak up water from the roots. You can use this trick on all plants that have stopped retaining water or always seem thirsty.

Maintenance

Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, they like a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) every second or third month, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.

Toxic to cats and dogs.

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Spathiphyllum, Peace Lily ‘Sensation’

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Foliage:

Evergreen

Textured

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown – Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown – Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Warrior, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

GARBERVILLE, California

Sacramento, California

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

Naalehu, Hawaii

Gonzales, Louisiana

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