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About Peace Lily
The peace lily is a popular, elegant plant and not actually a lily at all! In fact, they’re more closely related to other houseplants like pothos and Monstera than actual lilies. The white ‘flowers’ are also not flowers, but specialized leaves that protect the tiny blossoms on the stalk in the center. Their ‘flowers’ may last as long as two months and they will continue to rebloom over time in the right conditions. ☮️
How to care for Peace Lily
How often to water your Peace Lily
Peace Lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Peace Lily in your home
Peace Lily may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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How to fertilize Peace Lily
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Peace Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Peace Lily is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Peace Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Peace Lily may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Peace Lily is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Peace Lily doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Peace Lily does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Peace Lily should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Peace Lily does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!
Peace Lily is native to Colombia and Venezuela.
Yes, you may see your Peace Lily bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Peace Lily is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Peace Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Peace Lily can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Peace Lily, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Peace Lily
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
I love this plant! Large lush dark green leaves, and it “tells me” when she needs water….as it’s branches start to droop a bit….10-15 minutes after watering, it is upright and beautiful again. Also, although it likes lots of indirect sunlight, here in Phoenix AZ, she is happy being a bit farther away from my north facing window!
Will visibly droop when it needs watering. Water as soon as leaves droop otherwise the leaf tips are prone to getting brown.
Will push out leaves even in low light but if it receives medium indirect light the leaf size will be much bigger.
I got my Peace Lily’s and they brown easy which could be from me over or under watering them, but when they bloom they’re so pretty! They’re survivors, and sometimes collect some dust. Had some issues with my cat getting into the plants but she doesn’t get in them anymore!
i have a love hate relationship with this plant bc it’s so pretty but if i underwater by like a ml it it will be on the brink of dehydration but if i overwater it by a ml it is flooding. it is so dramatic. it drops a leaf every week but then grows it back. i don’t know if this plant is dying or not but it is a nuisance. 6/10.