How to Take Care of a Peace Lily

Updated on April 4, 2016

A Peace Lily is a beauty flower that really brightens up any home. As a member of the Araceae family of flowering plants they are known for their easy care.

Hardy, forgiving and they even let you know when they need a drink by their telltale droop, these lovely plants are a must in any home.

There are certain things you have to do in order for them to look their best though and this hub is here to help you:

The beautiful Peace Lily
The beautiful Peace Lily | Source
Peace lily in shade
Peace lily in shade | Source

Step 1: They prefer a spot out of direct sunlight.


Peace lilies prefer a shaded area to grow. So do not place on a windowsill or close to where the sun will shine through any window or door. For any plant to grow it does need sunlight though, so this is a balancing act. Once you find an ideal shady area though your plant will thrive.

Direct sunlight can actually be harmful to the foliage.

Tell tail signs if you get it wrong:

  • Yellowing, brown spots or streaks on the leaves may mean it is getting too much direct sunlight.

And if this happens ...

  • Try placing the plant in another location, in a more shaded area and this should correct the problem. The peace Lily will heal so don't worry.

Step 2: A consistent temperature is best

A peace Lily can be effected if it experiences dramatic temperature changes.

The ideal temperature should be between 18°C (65 F) and 30°C (80 F).

This can be a problem with winter months as the more you heat your home the more you will have to replace the water lost through condensation from the plant.

Tell tail signs if you get it wrong:

  • Yellowing, brown spots or streaks on the leaves may mean it is too hot.
  • Drooping and browning of the leaves could mean it is too cold.

And if this happens ...

  • Your plant may need watering more often to help it cool down. A spray of water on the leaves daily will also help to keep the temperature down.
  • If it is too cold then a little insulation around the pot would help keep it warm. Turning the heating on would help to.


Watering cans
Watering cans

Step 3: This plant is thirsty

Peace Lilies like to be watered a lot and are considered a thirsty plant. They usually need watering around once a week, but this does depend on the conditions you keep it in. The more you put heating on in your house, the more you might find you need to water it more. Of course, if you live in a warmer climate then you will notice it needs watering more too especially during the summer months.

It will hint at you if it is thirsty though because the leaves will droop down, making it easy to look after. But you will get to know when it needs watering as this sagging will take place regularly if you leave watering up to this point. Even if it completely droops, say after a holiday, this plant is very hardy and it will still heal once it has a drink.

NOTE: It is possible to over water this thirsty plant and therefore drowning it. To make sure you don't do this you should let the soil dry out first between watering before adding more water to the soil. Once it is dry then you are free to water again.

Tell tail signs if you get it wrong:

  • Yellowing, brown spots or streaks on the leaves may mean it is getting too much water.
  • Drooping of the leaves, yellowing, brown spots on the leaves could mean it is getting to little water.

And if this happens ...

  • Let the soil dry out before watering it again and it should be fine.
  • If the leaves droop it is telling you that it needs a drink.

Peace Lily roots
Peace Lily roots
The beautiful Peace Lily
The beautiful Peace Lily | Source

Step 4: Good drainage

A peace lily is susceptible to root rot, but you can help this by giving your plant good drainage. Make sure your plant has chance to dry out between watering it, and that the container it is housed in is also dry.

The roots should be firm and light coloured in nature and this is a sign of a healthy plant. If it is soggy and brown in colour then you will have to make sure you administer some fertiliser to help it recover.

This is an ideal opportunity to check on the roots, and if you notice they have took over the soil, or they are drinking all the water you give them in a couple of days then you might want to think about re-potting it.

Tell tail signs if you get it wrong:

  • Drooping, yellowing of the leaves, browning at the tips and poor growth would indicate root rot.

And if this happens ...

  • Let the soil dry out before watering again.

Step 5: This is a really hardy plant

Spring and summer periods you should notice your plant flowering. To help this you can add an organic fertilizer if you wish to help the bloom but there is no real need as there is very little maintenance for a peace lily.

In fact other fertilizers can actually harm your plant so it is best to stay clear of them.

Please note that it is mildly toxic so must be kept away from small children.

Make sure children wash their hands after touching the plant but if you follow the steps above you will have a lovely plant that will brighten up your home for years to come.

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        When the flowers dye do you remove them and how much to cut off ..

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