How to Care for Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Indoors

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Peace Lily Care, Spathiphyllum wallisii Care

Botanical name: Spathiphyllum wallisii
Family: Araceae
Common names: Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower

Peace Lily Description

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) also called White sails or Spathe Flower is one of the most popular houseplants on account of its ability to clean the air while the dark-green glossy leaves and white blooms wil brighten any space.

The bloom in Peace Lily is a spathe which appears pale green as it begins to grow and turns white at it opens. It surrounds a spadix that is densely covered by tiny, white flowers.

Peace Lily can grow to a height of 3 ft. which makes it very versatile. It can be grown as a table-top plant, on top of a shelf or even in a floor positioned pot.

Peace Lilies are tropical evergreens which grow from underground rhizomes and are easy to grow even for a beginner.

Keep your Peace Lily away from direct sunlight and cold draughts and ensure to keep the soil moist at all times and it will thrive.

Peace Lily Air Purifying

According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Spathiphyllum wallisii was found to get rid of common VOCs like xylene, toulene, benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia from indoor air.

Peace Lily Origin

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is native to the tropical rainforests of Central America and Southeastern Asia. In its natural enviroment, it grows in consistently humid conditions on the forest floors where it receives filtered sunlight.

Peace Lily Varieties

Peace Lily has many hybrids and cultivars like Mauna Loa, Sensation, White Stripe and Domino among others.

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Peace Lily Care, Spathiphyllum wallisii Care

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Care Indoors

Peace Lily Light Requirements

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) grows best in bright, filtered light (partial shade). It can also grow under fluorescent lights.

Protect your Peace Lily from direct sunshine to avoid scorching the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) prefers consistently moist soil inorder to thrive Allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but do not allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

Reduce watering for your Peace Lily during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Use tepid (room temperature) water to water your Peace Lily as cold water can shock this tropical plant resulting in reduced growth. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the water is chlorine-free as Peace Lily is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water.

To avoid getting soggy soil which can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your Peace Lily, ensure the pot has a drainage hole.


Temperature for Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) thrives in average warmth with a minimum of 160C. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for your Peace Lily.

Protect your Peace Lily from cold and hot draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Peace Lily

Average room humidity is adequate for Peace Lily. However, if the air is too dry and for lush growth, set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Peace Lily. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Peace Lily by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and reduce infestation by pests. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Peace Lily

Feed Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) monthly during the growing season with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer that contains micronutrients to encourage flowering.

Withhold feeding for your Peace Lily during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Peace Lily is sensitive to chemicals that may be accumulated in the soil therefore, regularly flush out excess chemical deposits from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil until water comes out through the drainage hole. Let the stream of water run for a few minutes. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Peace Lily

Keep Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) pot-bound to promote flowering and repot during the growing period only when it has outgrown its current pot.

Repot your Peace Lily into a pot that is only 1 size larger than the current one and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

During repotting, large Peace Lily plants can be divided to allow adequate room for growth in the new pot.

Cut through the Peace Lily rhizomes with a sharp sterile knife and pot the sections in individual pots.

Ensure each of the pot for your Peace Lily sections has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your Peace Lily sections.

Soil for Peace Lily

The best soil for Peace Lily should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients. Most potting mixes designed for aroids are ideal for Peace Lily.

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How to Prune Peace Lily

Pruning Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is easy. Get rid of dead leaves to keep your plant neat and tidy.

Once the Peace Lily blooms are spent, cut them off as close to the base as possible. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Propagation

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season by division of mature plants.

How to propagate Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) by plant division

Carefully divide the Peace Lily rhizome into several sections while ensuring that each division has at least 2 leaves and some roots.

Pot the Peace Lily sections into individual pots in moist free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

Water soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, shaded place and maintain the soil consistently moist thorough out but not soggy.

The Peace Lily sections may wilt slightly due to the repotting shock but they will recover with time.

Allow the Peace Lily sections adequate time to be well established before moving it to its display position and beginning routine care.

Peace Lily Care, Spathiphyllum wallisii Care

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Problems Indoors

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) problems when grown indoors are mainly due to cultural faults. Improper care practices like overwatering, underwatering, dry air, inadequate light and others will cause problems in Peace Lily. Read on for the solutions and remedies.

Peace Lily yellowish leaves

Yellowish leaves in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are due to too bright light or direct sunshine.

Move your Peace Lily to a more shaded place. Peace Lily is an understory plant and thus prefers dappled light away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Peace Lily brown leaf spots

Brown spots leaf spot in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are an indication of sun scorch marks due to exposure of the plant to direct sunlight.

Move your Peace Lily to a more shaded place or protect it from from direct sunlight. Peace Lily is an understory plant and thus prefers dappled light away from direct sunlight.

Peace Lily yellow leaf edges

Yellow leaf edges in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are due to lack of micronutrients like Magnesium and Iron in the soil.

Feed your Peace Lily monthly during the growing season with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer that contains micronutrients. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Peace Lily brown leaf tips

There are three possible causes of brown leaf tips in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii).

One possible cause of brown leaf tips in your Peace Lily is overwatering.

Maintain the soil consistently moist for your Peace while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but do not allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The second possible cause of brown leaf tips in your Peace Lily is low humidity.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Peace Lily. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The third possible cause of brown leaf tips in your Peace Lily is salts accumulation in the soil.

Regularly flush out excess chemical deposits from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil until water comes out through the drainage hole. Let the stream of water run for a few minutes.

Peace Lily dry shrivelled leaves

Dry shrivelled leaves in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are caused by too low humidity.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Peace Lily. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Peace Lily drooping leaves and blooms

There are two possible causes of drooping leaves and blooms in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii).

One possible cause of drooping leaves and blooms in your Peace Lily is underwatering.

Thoroughly water your Peace Lily and mist the leaves immediately and it should perk up in a short time.

The second reason is that the plant is extremely root-bound which means the soil dries out a few days after watering because there isn't much soil to hold the water.

Repot your Peace Lily with fresh soil and water it thoroughly as Peace Lily thrives in consistently moist soil.

Peace Lily not blooming (flowering)

There are four possible reasons why your Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is not blooming (flowering).

One possible reason why your Peace Lily is not blooming (flowering) is too little light.

Move your Peace Lily to a brighter spot but away from direct sunlight. Ensure your Peace Lily receives bright, filtered light.

The second possible reason why your Peace Lily is not blooming (flowering) is too low humidity. Peace Lily requires average room humidity to thrive. Where humidity is too low, your Peace Lily will not bloom.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Peace Lily to encourage blooming. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The third possible reason why your Peace Lily is not blooming (flowering) is underwatering.

Maintain the soil for your Peace Lily consistently moist while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but do not allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The fourth possible reasons why your Peace Lily is not blooming (flowering) is underfeeding.

Feed your Peace Lily monthly during the growing season with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer that contains micronutrients to promote flowering.

Peace Lily green colored blooms

Green colored blooms in Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are due to overfeeding.

Reduce the amount of fertilizer for your Peace Lily by as much as half and observe the result and also withhold feeding during the cold season.

Peace Lily dying

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is dying is due to root-rot disease which is brought about by soggy soil.

Ensure that the pot for your Peace Lily has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

Also, reduce watering for your Peace Lily during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Peace Lily pests

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is fairly resistant to pests. However, weak plants can be attacked by Mealy Bugs, Aphids, Fungus Gnats and Spider Mites.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) toxic?

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) though called lily is not a true lily. Therefore, it is not as much toxic as true lilies.

Peace Lily is only mildly toxic to humans and pets. It contains Calcium oxalate crystals which can cause skin irritation, a burning sensation in the mouth, difficulty swallowing and nausea.

Peace Lily does not contain toxins that are found in true lilies which can cause acute kidney failure in cats and dogs.

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