The Peace lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant, belonging to a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledon flowering plants in the family Araceae that grows in tropical regions of the Americas and Southern Asia. It is not a true lily plant and contains calcium oxalate crystals.
Peace lily has large leaves about 12 to 65 cm long and 3 to 25 cm broad and flowers are produced in a spadix, surrounded by a 10 to 30 cm long, white, yellowish, or greenish palm.
This plant is famous as indoor houseplants; best in the shade with little sunlight and watering approximately once in a week as it does not need a large amount of light and water to survive. The studies have shown that it cleans indoor air of specific environmental contaminants.
How to grow Peace Lily?
- To grow, the peace lily, you need moist, rich, and well-drained soil with a temperature of at least 55 degrees.
- Select the pot or container that has good drainage where you want to grow your plant and shady location, as they do not need strong sunlight.
- Now, fill the container with potting mix, which contains coconut coir that helps to re-wet the soil quickly and place the plant in the container so that the top of the root ball about an inch below the top of the edge.
- Fill in around the root ball with more potting mix and water the plant until moisture begins to drain out the bottom of the pot.
- After that, water the plant until the overflow starts from the bottom of the container as lilies need consistently moist soil, but they do not like standing water.
- Similarly, you need to fertilize the plant after one month of the plantation. You should apply the nutrients directly to the soil or mix it in when you water the plant. Now, when your plant starts to wilt frequently, you need to grow your plants again in a new container for better growth of the plants.
How to care for Peace Lily?
The peace lilies are easy to grow, but you might notice some issues with them like fungus gnats, yellow leaves, brown edges, zero blooms, and dusty leaves. To avoid fungus gnats, you need to water less frequently and make sure the top of the soil dries out between watering, and you may use an insecticide to kill the larvae in the soil. Likewise, plants that have been overwatered might develop yellow leaves so you need to remove them by cutting all the way at the center of the plant.
Also, you need to fertilize your plants growing in bright light in about every six weeks with a liquid 20-20-20 product and feed the plants in low light. If your plant is getting direct sunlight then they might have brown edges, so you have to move the plants out of the direct sunlight and water the pot as it evaporates around the leaves, and raises humidity.
Moreover, if your plant is not blooming, then you need to move it towards the area where it will get brighter but not direct, and if your plant seems to have dusty leaves, then you need to shower the plant. Showering the plants also helps to remove the salt that is build up from the fertilizers.
Why you should have Peace Lily
The peace lily is a beautiful plant that improves your indoor air quality as much as 60 percent and helps to reduce the level of mold spores that grows in the home by absorbing the spores through its leaves and circulating them to the plant’s root where they are used as foods.
The peace lily is slightly toxic to humans and animals when ingested. Calcium oxalate crystals present in this plant can cause skin irritation, a burning sensation in the mouth, difficulty in swallowing, and nausea.