Peace Lily

Almost everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Peace Lily. Traditionally these plants are sent to families during a funeral, so they have not always been truly enjoyed, considering the situation in which they have been received. But, fortunately today these plants are becoming more popular and with a little care and knowledge, this exotic houseplant will thrive for many years.

Properly caring for the Peace Lily, also known as Spathiphyllum floribundum, is not much different than caring for other houseplants. These plants require soil, water and light as well as fertilizer. The soil this plant grows best in is well-drained while being kept moist. It is important to keep the soil moist; if it is not kept moist, the foliage of this exotic houseplant will begin to turn yellow. It is also important when watering to not over-water; the Peace Lily does not do well if it is sitting in water for any lengthy period. Watering the Peace Lily does take a little planning because it is necessary to allow the water to come to room temperature for 24 hours before applying it to the houseplant. Taking the time to let the water set allows the chlorine in the water to be dissipated from the water. Chlorine will harm the plant, so this is a very important aspect of caring for this beautiful exotic houseplant. Light is another important element that this plant needs. Bright filtered light is best, but this plant tolerated low light better. Do not place this plant in direct sunlight, it will not tolerate direct sunlight at all and will begin to turn yellow. Fertilizing is the last element generally needed by houseplants. The Peace Lily does not really require any fertilizer. If these simple elements of care are provided, this plant will remain beautiful.

This exotic houseplant with its dark green, oval leaves that emerge directly from the soil, and grow narrow to a point will occasionally impress its owner with lightly fragrant white flowers. These calla-lily look-alikes begin pale-green and will eventually become creamy white. Peace Lilies are more likely to bloom when they are placed in bright filtered light, but have been known to bloom in low light.

Peace Lilies have few problems. When they do have problem mealybugs, mites or scale usually causes it. If the problem is not due to one of these, then it is usually a problem related to the care of the plant, such as over-watering or being placed in a drafty location. If problems arise with this plant, be sure to check these potential problem-causing agents out, one of them could very well be the cause.

When looking for the perfect exotic houseplant for a shady corner, do not overlook the Peace Lily. This houseplant requires very little sunlight and does not tolerate drafts blowing directly on it. However, if it is placed in a proper location and cared for correctly, the homeowner can expect to enjoy many years of its beauty.

For more information on this exotic houseplant, visit www.hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC1512.htm.

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