How to Care for a Peace Lily (2023)

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Peace lilies are a beautiful easy care plant with lush lance shaped leaves and show stopping flowers. Spathiphyllums are an excellent indoor plant for almost anyone. Learn how to care for a Peace lily Indoors and outdoors in this post.

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Are Peace Lilies Good For Beginners?

Peace Lilies are one of the best plants for beginner plant parents. Peace lilies will tolerate beginner mistakes in watering, lighting, soil conditions and other plant care mishaps better than most plants.

Spathiphyllums clearly signal signs of distress which is helpful to a beginner plant owner. Once the plant care problem is corrected they usually bounce back easily.

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What is a Peace Lily Good For? Why should we grow one?

  1. Peace lilies are easy to care for.
  2. Spathiphyllums come in many beautiful varieties including several stunning variegated forms. There is one out there you are sure to love.
  3. These plants are air purifiers. They filter out toxins in our homes like formaldehyde. They use up carbon monoxide and produce oxygen for your home.
  4. In warm climates you can grow a Peace Lily outdoors as a container plant or even year round.
  5. Peace lilies produce lovely blooms on Spathes that stand above the foliage.
  6. Spathiphyllums grow in many different light levels. You can put them almost anywhere in the home out of strong direct light.
  7. Peace lilies are a good choice for a bedroom plant. These pretty plants spruce up your bedroom decor. They Also filter the air, provide humidity and grow in lower light conditions.
  8. Peace lilies are tough. They can withstand less than ideal conditions and still grow pretty well.
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Growing Peace Lilies Outdoors as an Ornamental Bush:

There are many identified varieties of Spathiphyllums. Peace lilies thrive outdoors in dappled sunlight and humid warmth year round in climate zones 9 to 11.

You can grow these gorgeous shrubs as a patio plant in the warm summer months. They require proper shading from hot direct sunlight. Peace Lilies grow well outdoors when the temperatures are above 60 Degrees F and withstand temps down to 50.

But Keep in mind Peace lilies are tender. If you have temperatures under 50 degrees F. you need to bring them indoors.

Outdoor care for peace lilies is simple. Keep it watered, out of harsh direct sunlight, and give it monthly fertilizing to keep the growth lush and blooms coming during the growing season.

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Peace liliesproduce stunning white flowers (or spaths) that rise up out of the large leaves. Blooming begins in the early summer. Some spathiphyllums blooms throughout the year in the rightconditions.

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There are several varieties of peace lily plants. Spathiphyllums come in various sizes and variegations. The care is the same for all the Spathiphyllum species.

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How To Care For A Peace Lily Indoors:

Peace lilies are great housemates. These plants are undemanding and resilient. They will withstand less than ideal conditions and signal you when there is a problem with drooping leaves, yellowing leaves and brown leaf tips.

Peace lily plant care is easy. These lovely plants are robust. With proper conditions your peace lily will be happy, healthy and blooming.

With just a little bit of attention Peace lilies will give you many years of vibrant evergreen foliage and lovely white blooms in your home.

Quick Care Guide For Spathiphyllum Varieties:

Familiar NamesPeace lily,
Scientific Namespathiphyllums
Plant FamilyAraceae
Care DifficultyEasy
Temperature65 to 85 Degrees F.
WateringWater when soil is dry down 2 inches into the pot. Soak thoroughly.
SoilPeace lilies require well draining soil. 60% potting mix to 40% perlite recommended
Lightingspathiphyllums need Low to moderate indirect light. Dappled Sunlight ok.
GrowthPeace lilies grow as a flowering bush. They reach 1 to 6 feet depending on conditions.

How Do You Get A Peace Lily To Flower?

Encourage a peace lily to flower with adequate light, good soil and proper feeding. Peace lilies normally put up flowers in the Spring and into Fall with good care. Blooms last for about two months. When they fade, prune them off at the bottom.

New flowers will erupt from the spathes throughout the growing season if the plant is healthy and well cared for. Stressed peace lilies will not often flower.

Once we learn how to care for a peace lily indoors, Spathiphyllums will bloom reliably and produce lush show stopping foliage through the growing season.

How Often to Water peace Lily:

Peace lilies are aroids. They are used to intermittent rain in nature which keeps their soil LIGHTLY moist. Not saturated. They hydrate through the leaves as well as the roots.

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Peace lilies should be watered when the soil is dry down to the root zone. Check your plant once a week or so to be sure it really needs water before you tip the watering pot.

Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?

Peace Lilies droop when they want watering. If your peace lily is healthy with dropping leaves check to see if the soil is dry down 2 inches. If so, Give it a thorough soaking. Alternately, a plant with root rot will also have drooping, yellowing leaves.

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Peace lilies Yellowing Leaves:

Most often peace lilies get yellow leaves form over watering.

A Constantly Over watered Peace Lily will have yellowing leaves. This is a sign of unhappy roots and is very dangerous to the plant. If overwatering continues the roots will rot, leaves will droop, and eventually the plant will die.

Reasons Peace Lily Has Yellowing leaves:

  1. Overwatering will rot roots and cause leaves to yellow and die.
  2. Too little light-leaves cannot photosynthesize and are dying-move to brighter light.
  3. Too much direct light-leaves are bleaching-remove to lower light.
  4. Some yellowing leaves in the older growth is normal. Trim them off at the soil line.
  5. Poor soil-time to repot in fresh soil.
  6. Pest Infestation-the 7 most common indoor plant pests cause leave damage and need treatment.

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A healthy peace lily has upright growing foliage. They often flower and shrug off small plant care problems. But they CANNOT withstand constant over watering.

If your plant soil is constantly we and the plant is showing yellowing drooping leaves, unpot the plant and take a look at the roots. If they are black, brown smelly and mushy, this is root rot. Even a Peace lily cannot withstand root rot. This plant needs help.

Learn How to Fix Root Rot in this post.

Why Does My Peace Lily Have Brown Tips?

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Brown Leaf Tips are a sign of low humidity. Peace lilies are tropical plants and enjoy humidity levels of 40% to 60%. If your home is dry, add humidity by grouping plants together, adding a pebble tray or humidifier nearby.

Peace lilies hydrate through the leaves as well as their roots. Misting the leaves and occasionally washing the leaves will provide moisture the plant can use. Washing also cleans the stomata (plant pores) and allows better respiration through the leaves.

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Spathiphyllums in general have only a few basic requirements to remain a happy durable plant.

This lovely flowering plant is a perfect beginner houseplant.


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Best Soil for Peace lilies:

  1. Peace lilies are aroids and require a light soil.
  2. A mix of potting soil and perlite will keep the roots happiest.
  3. Our mix for this pothos is 60 % potting mix to 40% perlite.
  4. A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for aroids.

Pot Size and repotting:

  1. Peace lilies can be grown in relatively small pots since they are fairly slow growers and enjoy being somewhat root bound.
  2. Any well draining pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
  3. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
  4. Propagation is best during repotting. See propagation section below.

What is the Best Lighting for peace Lily?

  1. Peace lilies enjoy indirect or dappled light. They will tolerate lower indirect light. but they will grow more slowly and may not re-flower.
  2. Variegated peace lilies need bright indirect light to show variegation.
  3. Flowering requires moderate light.
  4. Peace lilies cannot stand strong hot direct light. The leaves will burn and the plant will suffer.

How to Water a Peace lily:

  1. Use filtered water or let your tap water sit at least 24 hours to neutralize harmful chemicals before watering your plants.
  2. Water your Spathiphyllums when the soil is dry down an inch or so. Aroids do not like to be overly wet.
  1. Watering is best done on a regular schedule (try weekly) so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
  2. This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates peace lilies will thrive with a humidifier nearby. Or put it in your kitchen or bathroom if you have adequate light and floor space.
  3. In a dry climate frequent misting will help.
  4. In dormant winter months reduce watering as the plant will not need as much.
  5. Never let this plant get wet feet. If the soil is compacted the bottom of the soil can remain wet. This encourages root rot.
  6. If you see yellow leaves or fungus gnats on your peace lily you are probably overwatering or the soil is too heavy.
  7. If the tips of the leaves turn brown suspect Under watering. Or too dry air.

How to Fertilize peace lily:

  1. Apply agood quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthlythrough Spring and summer.
  2. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow peace lilies to rest through the winter months.
  3. Look for brown spots on the leaves of your plants. This may indicate an over concentration of salts in the roots from over feeding. It can burn the leaves.

What Temperature Does Peace Lily need?

  1. Keep peace lilies at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.

Encouraging Peace Lily Flowers

  1. Peace lilies that are happy bloom twice a year.
  2. Attempt to mimic their natural conditions as described in this care guide for best flowering conditions.
  3. Reluctant healthy Peace lilies may be encouraged to grow flowers if they get increased lighting or warmth.

Pests the bother peace Lilies:

  1. Peace lilies are not overly delicate. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress. And makes them more susceptible to pest damage.
  3. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
  4. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  5. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  6. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

Peace Lily Propagation:

  1. Propagation is easily done through root division.
  2. If your peace lily is ready to repot look down into the soil base and see small spaces between clumps of stems.
  3. Peace lilies grow by rhizomes. Cut between the clumps through the rhizomes.
  4. Plant each clump gently and firmly into a separate pot with proper soil mix.
  5. Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.


Peace lilies are easy care. With the proper conditions and just a little bit of attention these plants will give you many years of vibrant flowering greenery in your home.

Signs that your peace lily is not happy:

Your peace lily drooping-inconsistent watering either over watering or under watering can cause this.

If your Peace lily has yellowing leaves suspect over watering. If leaves show signs of pest damage, treat the plant.

If a peace lily has brown tips on its leaves the air is too dry. misting and a humidifier are needed.

Leaves burned and/or peace lily wilting-probably in a too hot direct light. Remove to moderate indirect light.

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Spathiphyllum Toxicity:

All of the Spathiphyllum varieties are toxic to pets and mildly toxic to humans. Grow peace lily away from children and pets

To Humans:

  • Spathiphyllum (and all plants in Araceae family) contain Calcium oxalate crystals which can be mildly toxic to humans.
  • Possible side effects from the consumption ofSpathiphyllum species are:
  • atopic dermatitis(eczema).
  • Burning and/or swelling of the region inside of and surrounding the mouth.
  • Excessive contact with the plant can also lead to general skin irritation orcontact dermatitis.

Are Peace Lilies toxic to cats and dogs?

  • The Peace lily plant is toxic to cats and dogs. According to Pet Poison Control Hotline
  • Chewing or biting into all parts of the plant will release Calcium oxalate crystals. This causes tissue irritation to the mouth and GI tract. It will not cause kidney failure.
  • Symptoms may include oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty in swallowing.

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How often should you water a peace lily? ›

Your Peace Lily enjoys weekly waterings, but it will tell you when it needs water by drooping its leaves. During the winter months feel free to only water your plant fortnightly.

Should I cut the brown tips off my peace lily? ›

If you don't like the appearance of the brown tips, you can either trim off the entire leaf, and wait for new foliage to replace it, or snip off just the tips. Let's take a look at five top reasons for brown leaf tips and get your peace lily back on track.

Why are the leaves of my peace lily turning brown? ›

The most common reasons for peace lily leaves turning brown is because of low humidity, underwatering and too much sun. Peace lilies are topical plants that prefer humid conditions, evenly moist soil and shade. If the air around the leaves and soil around the roots is too dry, the leaf tips turn brown.

Where should I place a peace lily in my house? ›

Bright, indirect light is best for peace lilies, ideally sheltered from cold draughts, so choose a spot away from doors and fire places. peace lilies are used to a tropical environment so a humid room, such as a bathroom, is best.

How do I get my peace lily to flower again? ›

Keep them out of direct sunlight in a bright to moderate light area. If the light is too low and your lily is not flowering, move it to a brighter area. On the other hand, excessively bright light can also trigger photosynthesis in the spathes and make them green rather than pure white.

Should you water a peace lily from the top or bottom? ›

Peace lilies are almost always thirsty. The solution is simple. Put a deep tray underneath and add water every few days to the tray and let it drink up from the bottom. The reason to water from the bottom is that if you continually pour water on top of the plant, it will form black spots on the leaves.

Should I spray water on my peace lily? ›

Watering about once a week and spritzing leaves with water throughout the summer will help keep your peace lily hydrated. If your plant seems to completely droop, don't give up — water and spritz and give it a chance to revive.

Can peace lilies have tap water? ›

Peace lilies are sensitive to chemicals commonly found in tap water, such as fluoride, which may cause brown leaf tips. Use filtered, room-temperature water, if possible.

What does an overwatered peace lily look like? ›

An overwatered Peace Lily shows the early symptoms of drooping leaves that pale over time and turn yellow. If the plant is continuously overwatered for an extended period, leaf edema occurs. The leaf tips slowly become brown, develop water blisters, and the plant depicts no sign of growth.

How long does a peace lily live? ›

Many people consider three to five years an average peace lily lifespan. However, indoor peace lilies have been known to live two decades or more. Late winter or early spring is the best time to repot and propagate peace lilies.

When should you repot a peace lily? ›

Assuming the situation isn't urgent, spring is the best time to do the job. Your plant should quickly rebound at that time of year and start growing strong. The peace lily is one of those plants that doesn't mind being rootbound.

How do I know if my Peace Lily is dying? ›

Symptoms: The peace lily has an overall drooping appearance and often the leaves are curling up. The tips of the leaves often turn brown and sometimes yellow. Causes: Low Humidity, underwatering and soil that repels water.

Do peace lilies need big pots? ›

Peace lilies are perfectly happy growing in containers, but they don't like sitting in pots much larger than their root balls. Here's how to plant one: 1. Select a container that has good drainage and is no more than ⅓ larger than the root ball of your peace lily.

Can peace lily stay in bathroom? ›

The humidity in bathrooms and kitchens is usually a bit higher than other locations inside buildings making them the perfect place for a Peace Lily. One other advantage to placing Peace Lilies in bathrooms, kitchens and other humid areas is its natural ability to absorb mold spores from the air.

Can I keep a peace lily in my bathroom? ›

Peace lilies are especially great for bathrooms because they love the humid environment that you can't normally get in other rooms of the house. Try to place it close to a shower where it can get plenty of steam.

How do I save my peace lily sad? ›

First remove any dead or drying leaves and blooms. If the soil is dry, saturate it, and make sure any excess water can drain away from the plant. Monitor the plant; give it water when the soil begins to dry out. In a week or so, you should see the sign of new growth.

Does a peace lily only flower once? ›

Peace lilies flower best in bright but indirect light, and usually flower in spring, producing one or two white hooded blooms that can last for over a month. They may occasionally flower again in autumn. Once the flowers have faded, deadhead them to keep the plant looking neat.

How many times a year does a peace lily bloom? ›

Healthy peace lily plants will bloom twice a year, in spring and again in fall. What is this? The flowers usually last for one to two months before turning brown.

How long do you bottom water a peace lily? ›

  1. Fill the plant tray with water.
  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray.
  3. Wait for about 10 minutes.
  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray.
  5. If it's still dry —> add more water to the tray.

Should I cut the yellow leaves off my peace lily? ›

You should remove the dead leaves of a peace lily plant to encourage new leaf growth. When you see dead leaves that are brown or yellow, cut on the stalk near the base of the plant. If the dead leaves are dry and wilted, you can simply tug on them and they should pull out easily.

Why is my peace lily drooping? ›

Drooping or yellowing leaves can be a sign of both underwatering and overwatering. You should only be watering when the top 50% of the potting mix has completely dried out. Water thoroughly until it flows out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water.

Is there a male and female peace lily? ›

Flowers have male and female parts. Male parts produce pollen. You need to collect pollen and apply it to the female parts in order for pollination to take place, so that the flowers can produce seeds. Closely monitor your peace lily to see when it is ready for pollen collection.

What do you do with a peace lily after it dies? ›

Once the blooms on a Peace Lily plant turn brown, they need to be trimmed for better growth. This will encourage your plant to bloom frequently. You should remove the dead flowers by cutting the stalk at the base. But remember that flowers can die due to an underlying issue as well.

How long does an indoor peace lily last? ›

Many people consider three to five years an average peace lily lifespan. However, indoor peace lilies have been known to live two decades or more. Late winter or early spring is the best time to repot and propagate peace lilies.

How do you keep a peace lily sad? ›

First remove any dead or drying leaves and blooms. If the soil is dry, saturate it, and make sure any excess water can drain away from the plant. Monitor the plant; give it water when the soil begins to dry out. In a week or so, you should see the sign of new growth.

Do peace lilies require sunlight? ›

Peace lilies are a good choice for low-light spaces because they can thrive in shade or partial shade. They also tolerate fluorescent lights, so if you need a plant friend to liven up your desk at the office, peace lily is a good option.

How do I know if my peace lily is happy? ›

Tip: One nice thing about peace lilies is that they will tell you when they're thirsty: the plant's leaves start to droop. When the plant starts to look less “perky” than usual, test the soil with your finger. If it feels dry, it's time to water again.

How often should a peace lily be misted? ›

The solution to this is to mist the leaves of your peace lily at least once per week if not more often, to create a humid micro-climate that replicates the humid conditions of its native rainforest environment.

Should I mist peace lily? ›

Peace lily leaves also enjoy a good misting, which you can do when you water throughout the summer. Watering is another area in which your peace lily will communicate with you: If leaves begin to droop, it's time to water and your plant won't be any worse for the little bit of wear.

Why is my indoor peace lily dying? ›

Overwatering is the most common cause of a Peace Lily dying. Look for yellow, wilting foliage, and signs of root rot. Treat promptly, and avoid watering on a schedule. Underwatering, cold temperatures, nutrient problems, pests, or disease can also stress your plant and cause decline.

What months do peace lilies bloom? ›

Time of Year. One of the things people love about peace lilies is that they can bloom any time of year. But they are technically seasonal bloomers, so while you might see blossoms year-round, you shouldn't expect them. Their natural flowering season is between February and September.

Why are the leaves on my peace lily drooping? ›

Drooping or yellowing leaves can be a sign of both underwatering and overwatering. You should only be watering when the top 50% of the potting mix has completely dried out. Water thoroughly until it flows out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water.

What happens when you touch a peace lily? ›

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are white berries. Other: The sap is clear. Symptoms: This plant, if eaten, can produce a tingling or burning sensation, followed by swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue. Contact dermatitis may also occur in sensitive individuals.

Why do peace lilies cry? ›

When the pressure of moisture and minerals inside your Peace Lily's body gets high enough, the plant can relieve itself by shedding a bit of sap. Though houseplant owners often call this “weeping”, “crying”, or “sweating”, the botanical term is guttation.

How long can peace lilies go without water? ›

If your pot and soil drain well, your peace lily will need to be watered every 7-10 days. If you live in a warm, dry area, your peace lily may need to be watered more often. If you live in a cooler or more humid climate, you may need to water a little less often.

How long do peace lily flowers last? ›

The white blooms of the peace lily generally appear in the spring as more of a modified leaf, a “bract,” than a multi-petaled flower. Very well cared for plants may bloom again in the fall as well. Blooms last for two months or more and after blooms fade, a period of non-blooming follows.

What does it mean when a peace lily flower turns brown? ›

This is all part of the peace lily lifecycle. By the time the spadix is brown, it's well on its way to dying. It will begin to wither and then it may fall off on its own if you don't choose to prune the browned spadix before nature takes its course.

Is the bathroom a good place for peace lily? ›

The humidity in bathrooms and kitchens is usually a bit higher than other locations inside buildings making them the perfect place for a Peace Lily. One other advantage to placing Peace Lilies in bathrooms, kitchens and other humid areas is its natural ability to absorb mold spores from the air.

Can you use Miracle Grow on peace lily? ›

So, now the decision-making is handed over to you. Choose Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food for an instant boost of nutrients for your Peace Lilies. The gentle 1-1-1 NPK ratio can be added to water and applied as you water and is versatile enough to use for all other houseplant feeding needs too.

Can you split a peace lily into two? ›

Sometimes a new plant can bring twice as much value if it's big enough to be split into two, says Jane Edmanson. She has a large peace lily and shows how easy it is to cut the root ball in half with a sharp knife, forming two or even three new plants.

Should I cut the yellow leaves off of my peace lily? ›

Pruning a peace lily isn't limited to the flower stalks. Sometimes leaves yellow and start to shrivel up. This may be due to under watering or too much light, but it can also happen just because of old age. If any of your leaves are turning color or drying out, just cut the offending leaves away at their base.

When should you deadhead a peace lily? ›

If your Peace Lily is in great shape, the flowers may last a bit longer. They've been known to stay healthy for long as two months after unfurling. Eventually, the spathe will turn green, then brown, and it will start to sag and crumple. This is your cue that it's time to deadhead.

Does a peace lily come back every year? ›

Depending on the variety, some may bloom only once a year, but most popular varieties will bloom in the spring and fall. Young plants will not flower naturally. It can take plants a year or more before they're able to bloom. Peace lilies bloom every year, up to twice a year.

What do I feed my peace lily? ›

When it comes to fertilizing a peace lily, any good quality, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer is fine. Look for a product with a balanced ratio, such as 20-20-20, diluted to one-half or one-quarter strength. Be sure to water after feeding your peace lily to distribute the fertilizer evenly around the roots.

How big can a peace lily get? ›

This plant will grow to a height of about 2 to 3 feet. Its 9-inch long and 5-inch wide, glossy, lance-shaped leaves are produced on 10- to 12-inch stalks. The flower stem can be 15 to 20 inches long, and the flowers are up to 4 inches wide.

Does a peace lily need to be near a window? ›

Peace lilies love shade, so it will do well in a room with a north or west-facing window, but don't put it right by the window. If the leaves turn yellow, give it a little more light. If they turn brown, move it farther from the window.

How do I know if my peace lily is Underwatered? ›

Discoloration and Dried-Out Leaves: An underwatered peace lily may show discoloration of the leaves to yellow or brown, partnered with a dried-out texture. However, browned, crispy spots on the leaves that are not partnered with dry soil may point to sunscald, when too much direct sunlight burns a plant's foliage.

How long do peace lilies take to perk up? ›

How long do peace lilies take to recover? As far as watering and sunlight is completely taken care of, the peace lily may take up to two to three weeks to recover properly.


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