Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis

White Ceramic Pot Complements Peace Lily

Peace lilies — which are not true lilies, but a member of the Araceae family of flowering plants – are renowned for their easy care. The peace lily is hardy, forgiving, and will even let you know when it is thirsty — look for the telltale droop. The shade-loving tropical plant is also known for its air-purifying abilities – it’s great at breaking down and neutralizing toxic gases like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.


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Talk about looking out for you! While peace lilies are known for their resilience, following these easy peace lily care steps that will help yours thrive, not just survive:

  • Light and Shade: Peace lilies love shade and some indirect light. A spot 5-7 feet away from a south- or west-facing window will often provide the right mix. Yellowing leaves, brown spots or streaks may mean that your plant is getting too much light, so try moving the plant a little further from the window or experiment with a new, less sunny location. Peace lilies can sometimes even do well under a fluorescent light without any sunlight at all! If you move your plant into a shadier location and its leaves are still brown, it may need a bit of misting on the leaves.
  • Temperature: Peace lilies like a consistent temperature between about 65 and 80 degrees F. Protect your plant from drafts and cold or drastic changes in temperature.
  • Fertilize: Spring and summer, use an organic fertilizer to help your plant bloom. Keep in mind that peace lilies are sensitive to chemical fertilizers, so organic options are best.
  • Water: Peace lilies like to be watered a lot at once, but also need a chance to dry out afterward. The plant will droop a bit when thirsty, telling you when it needs a drink! If you pay attention to when it usually starts to sag,  you can plan to water one day before it generally happens. 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. If your water is chlorine-heavy, let a container of water stand overnight before watering the plant.
  • Drainage: Peace lilies are susceptible to root rot, so it’s very important to make sure the plant has a chance to dry out between waterings and that the container it lives in drains well. If your peace lily starts to wilt, check the roots to make sure they are firm and light-colored rather than soggy.
  • Transplant: When your plant’s roots show or your peace lily seems to be drinking up all its water within a few days, re-pot into a larger container. Your plant may need to be gradually moved into larger and larger containers, but generally peace lilies won’t need to go into a pot larger than 10 inches.

Expect your peace lily to show off its familiar white blooms in the spring. The plant is mildly toxic to animals and humans, so keep away from small children and Fluffy, and wash your hands after handling your plant as it produces crystals that can irritate skin. Follow these peace lily care tips and, with some experimentation, your peace lily should bring beauty to your house for years to come!

41 Comments About this Article

  • anonymous
    I received a potted plant in 2008 after my father's death. I've had no problems keeping it alive, but my question is why is this the first time I've ever seen blooms? Researching it, I just now determinedit was a peace lolly. I just thought it was a simple potted plant

    Posted 6 months ago

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  • anonymous
    I have two peace plants in bette bowls one is realy wilted tho other one getting bad also they are in a window the the sun comes in the morning but there is a curtain there so its not direct what am i doind wrong

    Posted 6 months ago

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  • anonymous
    I just got one of these when my brother died 2-14-15 & now my flowers are brown & the leaves are yellow should I just cut them off?

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • anonymous
    I have a peace lily plant and it has wilted really bad love this plant and trying to revive tried to repot it . How can I correct this problem cause I used some plant grow thinking I was doing something good and that's when it wilted on me

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • anonymous
    Hi I have two peace Lily's and I had just put a little m g plant food in them no I looked they look as they are dieing what am I doing wrong

    Posted 4 months ago

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  • anonymous
    The Lillies are turning green and curling. Is this natural? Should i cut them off?

    Posted 3 months ago

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  • anonymous
    i need to know what you do after the bloom dies do you cut it off also on this site i can see the ? but not the answers

    Posted 3 months ago

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  • anonymous
    i have a peace lilly.it has only bloomed one time, but it has grown to be a very large beautiful plant. i don't see any answers, so i will just tell you what i did. i repotted after about 6 months because the plant is about 2 1/2 feet tall and at least 3 feet wide. when ever it droops just a bit i water it. i keep it on the coffee table about 8 feet from large windows that face west. it has onlt bloomed 1 time but maybe i am impatient, so i am just waiting to see how it grows. i water at least 2 times a week.

    Posted 3 months ago

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  • anonymous
    Hi I have watered my peace lily for the first time after bringing it home about a month ago. The water was straight from the tap and we have chlorine and fluoride in it, I gave it about 3/4 cup and now its droopy. What can I do now? Have I killed it?

    Posted 1 month ago

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  • anonymous
    Hi! I am so glad to find your posting, my peace lily sits underneath our sun window and is turning brown. Now I know what to do! Thank you!

    Posted 2 weeks ago

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