Peace lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii, is a superb foliage plant that tolerates neglect. Growing and caring for peace lilies is one of the easiest things you can do. Get facts and information on how to be successful with your own peace lily plant. The peace lily is a foliage plant, much as the asparagus fern, arrowhead plant, cathedral windows, and aluminum plants.
Peace Lily Facts and Info
Peace lilies make great office plants and houseplants. In fact, they are one of the most popular types of office plant and house plant you can buy. The plant will grow to about 18-24” h x 12-18” w. Its foliage look its best when grown in low light. It is a herbaceous plant that has a vase-like form.
Spathiphyllum wallisii has glossy foliage and the peace lily bloom is an attractive white spadix and spathe blossom. The peace lily will do well in bright, filtered light, as well as medium, and even artificial light. Light that is too intense will yellow the leaves. The plant performs well in average to warm temperatures (60-85degrees) and will thrive even in low humidity (below 30 %). It may suffer chilling injury if the temperature drops below 60 degrees F.
Uses of the Peace Lily
Peace lilies are often given as gifts as an office plant, house plant, or funeral plant.They are widely used in churches and office buildings where light and care are not always readily available. You can often find peace lily plants in plant sections of grocery stores or department stores that have a plant section, as well as florists and garden stores. You can place them in attractive baskets or colorful planters and containers to match your home or office colors. Be sure to also purchase a clear tray that goes underneath the pot to catch any excess water.
Peace Lily Care
If growing peace lily in high light, keep the soil somewhat moist. The lower the light, the drier the soil should be kept. If the plant is allowed to dry to the point of wilting, the leaf edges will turn yellow, then brown. It does well in a self-watering container. Feed only three times in summer with foliage plant food. Overfeeding will prevent flowering and cause brown spots on the leaves.
Repot only when shoots begin to crowd the original plant. Dust or shower the leaves once a month. Plants begin blooming when they are more than a year old.
Propagating Peace Lily Plants
Propagate by dividing the root ball. Lift the plant from its pot, cut through the root ball, and pot up the divisions separately.
Pests and Diseases
Mealy bugs are sometimes a problem. They can be controlled by using horticultural oil.
Related species include the cultivar ‘Mauna Loa’ which is larger and more robust than Spathiphyllum wallisii. ‘Lynise’ has matte-finish leaves and is one of the most floriferous peace lilies available.