Indoor Peace Lily Plants: Growing A Peace Lily Plant

Published On: Sep 16, 2021

As we all know, the peace lily is one of the most popular and lovable plants by all indoor plant keepers across the world. It is best because they are low-maintenance work, easy to grow, beautiful glossy spandex-shaped white flowers, big oval or elliptical-shaped leaves that are lush dark green. Its beauty and benefits make it a perfect choice for homes and offices. Even the division process for potting new plants into a new one is quite an easy process.

Further, in this blog, we will discuss the appropriate method to grow and care for peace lilies, their benefits, characteristics, and popular peace lilies in the world.

How to Grow and Care for Peace Lily Plants

Peace Lilies are a hybrid of tropical species and the Spathiphyllum genus. They are a favorite houseplant due to their symbolization of purity and love. Also, they are flowering plants and can make your house corners look elegant, graceful, and beautiful. The peace lily blooms mostly in the spring season, and it's white flowers last for over a month or more. 

Peace lily indoor plant has glossy oval-shaped leaves that emerge from the soil. If you grow them in your garden in the tropical and subtropical climate then these peace lilies can grow up to the height of 6 ft easily. 

Today, we will guide you for growing peace lilies, how to care for them, what are their sunlight & water needs? What temperature is suitable for them? and other relatable concerns. 

But before that we will explore its basic characteristics. 

Peace Lily Characteristics

General Characteristics

  • The persistence of peace lilies leaves is always green (given proper sunlight and water).
  • The leaves mostly have a shrub round shape.
  • The texture of the leaves is medium.
  • The leaves of peace lily grow slowly and it took the plant almost three years to bloom completely.
  • Once the peace lily reaches its maturity level, it starts to bloom and the process goes throughout the year.

Shapes and Colors

  • The shape of leaves is mostly either oval or elliptical.
  • The normal and autumn foliage color is green.
  • The flower shape is in the form of compound spadix surrounding.
  • The flowers are generally white in color.
  • Peace lilies and barberries as their fruit.

Plantation

  • Peace lily needs well-drained, sandy, and loamy soil.
  • They require half-shade or indirect sunlight.
  • One should maintain the pH level of soil between 5.8-7.
  • Overwatering can ruin the roots therefore, it just needs moderate water.

Peace Lily Meaning and Symbolism

Meaning: Every plant has its unique purpose and a name that expresses its uniqueness. This is the reason peace lily is named as one because, if you take a look at it you will feel purity, innocence, and the emotions of peace. Therefore, the peace lily can have different meanings all explaining its uniqueness. 

Peace - Peace lily is a sign of harmony and tranquility. And it's white flower is the remembrance of white flags recognized as a signal of truce. 

Innocence And Purity - The white color is associated with chastity, innocence, and purity. And, according to Feng Shui, a peace lily shows the purity of one's soul. 

Hope - As per Feng Shui, Peace Lily calms and tunes the energy of the surrounding. And every time it blooms after a year it boosts the feeling of hope within.

Healing - Peacelily creates the right psychic balance in one's life and helps in healing the person. 

Symbolism: Let's understand now, what peace lily symbolizes with its gracefulness, beauty, and purity. 

Sympathy - The peace lily is a courteous flower that also symbolizes the feeling of sympathy. They are the best to dedicate to someone as a living tribute.

Beauty - Peace lilies are exotically beautiful flowers that can bring a smile to anyone. They are the best choice to give to someone close to your heart. 

Rebirth -Peace lilies grow throughout the year and bloom every season symbolizing the resurrection or rebirth of Jesus Christ. 

Honor And Virtue -Christians associate the Peace Lily with the Virgin Mary’s purity. Also, it represents the delicate nature of women.

Peace Lily Flowering Season In India

Peace lilies white spadix-shaped flowers blossom in the spring season. These flowers bloom every season and last for over two months or less.  Keeping them in a part-time shade area and indirect sunlight. 

Peace Lily Care

Here are some tips you need to take care of while handling a peace lily indoor plant in your house or at your office.

Water Requirements

To fulfill the water requirement of peace lily one should wait till the plant sinks a bit before watering it again. The best part is that when a peace lily needs water it sags a little and that's how you know that it needs water.

Also, throughout the summer make sure to sprinkle water on leaves and keep the soil moist. You can also use cactus soil for better results. Make sure that the water you are giving to your peace lily must not be chlorinated or salty as it is important to maintain the pH level of the soil. 

Sunlight Requirements

Peace lilies prefer partial or indirect sunlight and shade (partially). They can also work well with fluorescent light but the room must not have another window. As more sunlight can turn the leaves yellow or brown which will decrease the show of peace lily.

Temperature Requirements

Peace lily loves to grow at a consistent temperature between 65-85°F and humid climates. But they don't work well in cold weather. As temperatures below 45° F are not suitable for them. 

Toxicity Problem

Peace lilies are not true lilies and thus, not as toxic as the original ones. Though, it is harmful to children and pets, if they intake it by mistake. It is advisable to keep it out of their reach. It is necessary for you to be aware of every aspect of every plant you are bringing home.

Pests and Problems

Though peace lilies are easy to care for, sometimes there can be issues. Here are a few things you have to keep an eye on to make sure that your peace lily is healthy and in good shape. 

Fungus Gnats 

If you are using a different potting soil for your peace lily then there are chances that Fungus Gnats can attack your beautiful plant. To stop this from happening you have to water it less frequently. And if this doesn't work out well then you have to use (Bacillus thuringiensis - a pesticide) to kill the maggots in the soil.

Yellow leaves 

With age, the leaves of peace lily start to turn yellow in color. You must remove them from time to time by cutting them all the way to the center of the plant. Also, make sure not to overwater your peace lily otherwise the leaves will turn yellow in some time.

Brown edges 

When your peace lily elliptical leaves start to turn brown in color from the edges then it means that they are getting more sunlight than usual. Over sunlight can kill your peace lily slowly. Thus, we advise you to change the spot of your peace lily and place it somewhere, where it can get indirect sunlight and partial shade. 

Zero blooms 

If your peace lily is not blooming then it is mostly because it is not getting enough sunlight (partial shade and indirect).

Dusty leaves 

The big oval shaped leaves of peace lily often attract dust. To avoid the scenario you must shower your peace lily daily and let the leaves dry completely so that they always look glossy, shiny, and smooth. 

Peace Lily Benefits

Natural Air Cleanser 

Peace lily is known to be a natural air purifier. Because it can absorb toxic air pollutants like - benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, carbon monoxide to clean the air. These pollutants can cause severe diseases like bone or blood cancer. Keeping peace lily in the office or at your home will make the inside air fresh, pure and clean. 

Enhances Your Place 

Peace lily is used as an indoor houseplant because it enhances the beauty of your place. The enchanting beauty of its white petals, evergreen, big and elliptical leaves are marvelous. It is a decorative piece used in houses and offices. 

Minimal Care Requirement 

Peace lily is a very low-care requirement indoor plant. It is best for new or intermediate plant parents. It often requires partial shade and indirect sunlight, moderate water, and consistent temperature above 45° F. 

Avoid Mildew Formation 

The damp environment in washrooms often become a thriving environment for mildews and mold. You can place peace lily in humid areas of your house as it loves this environment. Peace lily will absorb the moisture from the air and avoid the formation of mildews in the bathrooms. 

Consumes Acetone Vapors 

The harmful vapor of alcohol and acetone are toxic to humans and pets and can cause severe adverse effects on their health. Acetone is quite common and found in day-to-day things such as - nail paint remover, varnishes, paint, etc. It's over presence in the air is lethargic. Therefore, to avoid this, you can place a peace lily in your house as it will absorb this toxic pollutant and keep your breathing air healthy. 

Removes Mold Spores 

Humid environment at your place can lead to the formation of mold spores at your house or in your office. These mold spores can cause discomfort, make your place looks dirty, and cause health issues as well. Peace lilies love humid environments thus, they are the best choice to remove or stop the development of mold spores at your place.

Most Popular Types of Peace Lily 

Peace lilies come in huge varieties because they have been hybridized in several different ways and cross-over in uncountable ways. From size to shape, to color, and to their soil, sun, and water requirements many things differ. Even the color of the flowers is different too. 

Therefore, we mentioned some of the most loved peace lily flowers in the world.

Spathiphyllum Power Petite - A small variety that reaches up to 15 inches of height only.

Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa Supreme - A very common variety that grows between 3 - 4 feet tall along with the leaves that are 9 inches wide.

Spathiphyllum Sensation - It is the largest peace lily variety. It can reach up to 6 feet in height and width and has up to 20-inches long leaves.

Spathiphyllum Mojo - A beautiful, large variety with artistic green leaves.

Spathiphyllum Golden Delicious - It has the feature of offering new growth with stunning golden-green color.

Spathiphyllum Starlight - A variety with small leaves that have wavy borders. It is also popular for having multiple blooms (20 flowers on a single plant).

Quick Wrap Up!

Peace lily plant is a good option to go with because it is easy to care for, needs normal water, can bloom for over a month, purifies the air, and needs indirect sunlight. Apart from all these qualities, peace lily flowers can make any of your space or area beautiful. You can also give it to your friends and family as it is considered a symbol of love, purity, and innocence. Planting and caring for a peace lily as a new plant parent is easy and comfortable. 

We hope this blog has guided you completely on growing, caring, planting peace lilies. If you have doubts check the FAQs or ask your queries in comment.