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Peace Lily Care: Tips and Advices on how to care for this beautiful plant

Bible flowers and their meaning

Peace lilies are plants that have a powerful meaning. A peace lily symbolizes the rebirth and transcendence of the soul, these plants are considered as a symbol of peace and hope. An interesting fact about them is that peace lilies are usually sent when someone in the family dies as a way to show sympathy. This is a type of plant that is preferred by most plant enthusiasts as it’s an adaptable and low-maintenance houseplant. On top of that, they are one of the best plants for indoor environments, many people love peace lilies because they are one of the best choices for cleaning the air, according to NASA, peace lilies can clean the air from toxic gases such as benzene and carbon monoxide. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Peace lily

Photo by Lan Gao

If you are planning on buying a peace lily or if you already have a peace lily but don’t know how to properly take care of it, you don’t have to worry anymore. I’ll give you all the information you need to know about peace lily care. To make it even easier, let’s break it down into four categories.

1. How to plant a Peace Lilly

This is probably the most important step as you will assign your peace lily a home, meaning, of course, the pot. For that reason, you have to be careful which one you choose, you have to use a well-draining and all-purpose potting soil, select a pot that is big enough for the plant. One useful tip that I can give you is to repot your peace lily once a year, that way your plant will really thrive in fresh new soil.

2. Light

When it comes to sunlight, peace lilies prefer not to be too close or too far away from the sunlight, try to place your plant six to eight feet away from the window. Your peace lily will show you signs to let you know if the place where it’s located is the right one (or not). For example, if the leaves show a yellowish color that means that the light is too strong or directed at them for too long. Remember, indirect sunlight is the best.

Peace Lily

Photo by Ali Shah Lakhani

3. Temperature

One thing is for sure, peace lilies can’t live in an environment that is below 45F. The ideal temperature for these plants is between 68F and 85F during the day or between 58F to 75F at night. As the plant is very sensitive to cold temperatures even if above freezing,  remember that if your house is too cold, your peace lily won’t survive.

4. Peace Lily drooping

When it comes to watering your plant,  I’m going to mention the “peace lily drooping”. That’s right, peace lilies have the ability to droop when they are thirsty and when they do that it means it’s time for some water. It is better to wait until your plant tells you to water it, so you know for sure that your plant is thirsty. If you prefer a more methodical approach, you should water your peace lily once a week. One tip I can give you is to take into consideration how warm the room is, the warmer the room the more water you will need to use. Add one extra watering session during the summer months.

One last thing I wanted to mention is that peace lilies are poisonous for animals and for human beings. Please keep these plants away from pets and kids. Because they contain oxalate, ingesting this plant can cause stomach discomfort and skin irritation, among other side effects. Generally, my cat stops eating the plant at first bite. After a few weeks, he learned the hard way!

white lily

Photo by Evie S.

Now that you know the essentials on how to take care of peace lilies, let me know how it is going. Leave me a message in the comment session!