How to Grow & Care for Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Plants

Peace lilies are charming houseplants that provide your home with subtle color and a light aroma. They are believed to bring peace, good fortune, and hope. Peace lilies are common houseplants because they are beautiful and reasonably easy to grow, provided you water them correctly. Depending on the variety, peace lilies can range from 1 to 6 feet tall, bearing striking green foliage against their white flowers. Learn how this gorgeous, aromatic indoor plant can be grown and cared for.

Peace Lily Varieties

There are around 40 species of peace lilies with different features and growth habits. Here are some of the popular varieties;

Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa Supreme

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This variety is popular for its large, abundant leaves and florets that bloom all year round. Mauna loa supreme has 9-12 inches wide lance-shaped glossy green leaves and all-white pointed flowers when they are young. The flowers turn green as they age. This species can attain a height of between 3 to 4 feet.

Spathiphyllum Starlight

Starlight Peace Lily

It is a unique plant with narrow leaves bearing wavy margins. The starlight peace lily is also famous for producing multiple blooms. A single plant can carry around 20 to 25 creamy flowers. So if you are looking for a peace lily variety rich in flowers, consider the starlight species. It flowers from February through August, and it can grow to about 4 feet tall.

Spathiphyllum wallisii

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Also known as power petite, this compact peace lily variety grows to about 1 foot tall with flowers up to 4 inches wide. Its flowers are white, and they bloom sporadically throughout the year. And they bloom in design; when tender, they begin with a twist before revealing their white or yellow spadix at the center.

Spathiphyllum Sensation

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This is the largest peace lily species you can find, it can achieve a height of 6 feet, and its broad foliage can grow to 20 inches long. This tough and durable peace lily has dark green foliage with a ribbed texture. The spathiphyllum sensation makes a perfect statement plant for any indoor space. It produces white inflorescence flowers just like the other smaller varieties.

Spathiphyllum Mojo

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This leafy houseplant boasts of slender but broad leaves and plenty of pure white flowers. It is one of the easiest peace lily plants to grow indoors; this variety can go for several days without water. Further, it enjoys low light levels meaning you don’t have to keep moving it around the house. Spathiphyllum mojo is also a good plant for purifying your indoor air. It loves humidity, so you may have to mist the foliage frequently.

Peace Lilies Care and Maintenance

Most peace lily varieties are easy to care for as long as you water them correctly. They need consistent watering; this is because they thrive in moist soils. But avoid using tap water on your peace lilies because they are sensitive to chemicals such as fluoride found in tap water. It can cause browning of the leaf tips.

Most peace lilies die because of overwatering; avoid this mistake. While they can withstand dry soils for several days, neglecting them for too long can cause the browning of their leaves.

Propagating Peace Lilies

You cannot propagate peace lilies through a leaf or stem cuttings. Instead, you can propagate them by divisions or via seeds. However, reproducing them by seeds will take the plants several years to flower. The best timing for propagating peace lilies is in early spring after the last frost.

Peace Lilies Growing Conditions

Temperature and Humidity

Peace lilies love moist and warm environments. Avoid placing them in cold drifts where temperatures are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Peace lilies survive where the temperature range is 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s advisable to spritz the leaves once a week during summer.

Light

Peace lilies love shades, but they require filtered, indirect light when growing them indoors. Watch out for pale or curled leaves; it’s a sign that your lilies are receiving too much light.

Peace Lilies Pests and Diseases

Peace lilies are vulnerable to three types of pests;

  • Mealybugs
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites

Look out for easy tips for getting rid of mealybugs and aphids.

Two common diseases can affect your peace lilies; 

  • Cylindrocladium spathiphylli
  • Phytophthora parasitica

The cylindrocladium root rot is the most common disease affecting peace lilies. This disease is common in warm months and is transferable through the water. You can treat root rot by trimming off the infected roots and rubbing down all the soil from the roots. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

Conclusion

Peace lilies are eye-catching and some of the easiest houseplants to grow. Introduce them to your indoor garden to enjoy their benefits. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips! 

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