Peace Lily Care Tips for Growing Indoors

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I admit that it isn’t always easy to grow plants indoors.

The biggest obstacle is the lack of light, especially in the winter months.

When Jimmy and I got married, he had a peace lily (Spathiphyllum) in his living room that was doing surprisingly well.

He explained that a friend had sent it to his family when his father died several years ago.

He kept it as a reminder of his friend’s thoughtfulness and kind sentiments.

Although this plant had personal meaning, it wasn’t pampered or given special attention. Jimmy said he just watered it when it started to “droop.”

Peace Lily Grows in Low Light

I had never grown a peace lily, so I was intrigued by how good it looked. Over five years later, it is still going strong.

I have divided it to keep it the same size pot, but other than that and weekly watering, it is self-sufficient.

It’s near a small window, but we keep the blinds down, so it really just gets a small amount of light.

I highly recommend trying one if you are looking for an indoor plant that is easy to grow.

It may also make a memorable gift to a friend!

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Tips for Growing Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) as Houseplants

  • Place in an area that gets indirect light. Direct sun can cause the leaves to scorch.
  • Although a peace lily will grow in low light, it will need a lot of indirect light in order to flower.
  • Water once the pot feels light. Peace lilies will droop when they are thirsty. This is a visible signal that they need water. Overwatering will cause root rot and yellowing of the leaves. It is better to underwater than overwater.
  • Fertilizing isn’t necessary but can be done monthly in the summer.
  • Occasionally rinse the leaves in the shower to remove dust.

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  • When watering, allow tap water to sit overnight in an open watering can. This will allow the chlorine to evaporate which can cause leaf discoloration.
  • In northern climates, Peace lilies can be placed outdoors in the summer months. To avoid scorching the leaves, slowly acclimate the plant to the increased amount of light. Reverse this process when bringing it back indoors to slowly acclimate the plant to lower light levels.
  • Peace lilies grow best in temperatures of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove discolored leaves and spent blooms at the base of the stem.

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13 thoughts on “Peace Lily Care Tips for Growing Indoors”

  1. Hello, I am trying to save the Pease Lily we have a in our office. Everyone seems to water it and the leaves were drooping. I thought it may have root rot so I took it home to repot and the roots look pretty good but the soil smelled musty. I cleaned the pot and put all new soil in it and replanted the lily. I watered it well and then waited. So far it has not improved and it has been almost a week. Do you have any suggestions?

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    • Hi Rhnae, Peace lilies are notorious for wilting when the are too dry however, they can also wilt when they have been overwatered and are stressed from root rot. My best advice is to just water it well when it needs it, but it does sound like it has a fungual or root rot issue that will be challenging to overcome. Best wishes! Shannon

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  2. My Peace plant in in a ceramic pot and has out grown the pot. I don’t know how to get the plant out of it’s container. Any ideas?

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  3. I have had my peace lily for almost 14 years. It has only bloomed 3 times. I water it when it just begins to droop and it is in a north window where it gets minimal light. Can you give me some pointers on how to get it to bloom more often?

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    • Hi Kim, peace lilies will live in low light conditions, but in order for them to bloom, they need bright indirect light (full sun may burn the leaves). If you have a southern-facing window where you can diffuse the direct sun, that would be ideal. However, if you live in a northern climate, a grow light is the way to go! Lots of light is the key! Best wishes! Shannon

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      • Thank you. Unfortunately, I don’t have south-facing windows that are accessible. I will have to save a little money and get a grow light. It was from my mom’s funeral, and I’ve had it all these years. I get so excited when it blooms, and I think it’s going to bloom again, and it doesn’t. I would love to see it bloom again so thank you for your advice. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for your site! You have been extremely helpful!
    For Peace Lilies, one of mine needs repotting. The last time I repotted one of them, it died but did come back!
    Any repotting or splitting tips?

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    • Hi Amanda! I am so glad that the site has been helpful! Here are my top tips: If transferring to a larger pot, only go up one pot size, it’s best to do this in spring when there is more light and they are actively growing rather than fall or winter, make sure they were watered a day or two before, only use indoor houseplant soil mix (not soil from outside), and don’t repot them when they have flowers or it will stress them out! These tips also apply for dividing except make sure the new smaller divisions are in smaller pots that are appropriately sized for them so that they won’t get overwatered. Happy Gardening! -Shannon

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    • The first time I repotted my Peace Lily I used Miracle-Gro potting soil. Within a week the tips of all the leaves were turning brown. It just kept getting worse. So, I looked it up on the internet and read to not use any potting soil that had any kind of food or fertilizer in it. The article said it’s too harsh for the Peace Lily. It said to just use organic soil. When I do feed it, I use Miracle-Gro violet plant food. I still only use one or two drops per quart of water. It seems just about right for my Peace Lily.

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