The Peace Lily is one of the most popular and easy-to-care for houseplants. Native to tropical regions, this plant has a long history of being cultivated as a decorative or ornamental plant due to its elegant white flowers and lush foliage. Although not always finicky, it is important to understand the basic needs of your Peace Lily in order to keep it healthy and thriving. In this comprehensive guide, we will cover the basics of light, soil, water, temperature & humidity, and fertilizer so you can be sure your Peace Lily is getting all of the care it needs.
As with any houseplant, light is key to keeping your Peace Lily healthy. Though they are native to shaded jungles in tropical climates, they do require some light in order to thrive indoors. A bright room would be ideal with indirect sunlight throughout the day, such as near a window that gets good natural light but isn’t too close so as to get direct sun exposure which can lead to scorching or bleaching on the leaves. If it is too dark or gloomy in an area of your home where you have placed your Peace Lily then you may need to consider adding additional lighting such as an LED grow light setup so that it can photosynthesize properly and grow happily!
The type of soil you use for your Peace Lily should be well draining without being overly dry or damp. A professional potting mix specifically made for houseplants will work best; you want one that contains peat moss and perlite for ideal aeration. Make sure that any container used for the plant has at least one drainage hole at the bottom so excess water can escape - otherwise root rot could occur if water is left sitting around the roots. You may want to add some compost or organic matter when planting in order to provide extra nutrients over time.
Watering your Peace Lily should be done regularly but not overly - they do not need large amounts of water every single day but rather just enough so that their soil stays moist (but not saturated). To ensure proper hydration levels check if the top inch or two of soil feels dry before adding more water - if it does then go ahead and give them a good soak until you see some excess liquid come out from their drainage holes at the bottom. Avoid overwatering altogether as this could lead to root rot problems down the line!
Since these plants are native to mysterious jungle environments with high humidity levels they prefer higher humidities than many other houseplants – think 60%+ relative humidity for optimal conditions. Regular misting is recommended in addition to using a humidifier/dehumidifier depending on how dry/damp your home environment is respectively (be careful not to let either device become too extreme). Additionally, an ideal temperature range should be kept between 65°F-85°F (18°C-29°C) although these plants are pretty hardy compared other species when it comes variance temperatures within a certain range – just don’t let them get too hot or cold!
Fertilizer isn’t always necessary since these plants have low nutrient demands but if you do decide to feed them every now and again then make sure you use something specially made for flowering plants – typically either a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer or one that contains high amounts nitrogen like 20-5-20 should suffice. It’s also important not overdo it when fertilizing - once every couple months should do during their growing season from spring through fall unless otherwise directed by manufacturer instructions on whatever product you decide upon using (following directions carefully is paramount!).