Plant Care Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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Peace Lily has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Peace Lily has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

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. ☮️

Taxonomy

Spathiphyllum wallisii
Spathiphyllum
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Peace Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Peace Lily

Water needs for Peace Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

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.

Calculate water needs of Peace Lily

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Peace Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Peace Lily: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Peace Lily in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Peace Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Peace Lily: repot after 2X growth

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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!

Benefits of Growing Peace Lily →

Common Peace Lily Problems →


💦 Water Needs

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 Water Frequency →

Peace Lily Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 Light Requirements →

Peace Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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 Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

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 Humidity Needs →


🪴 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Peace Lily →


💩 Fertilizer

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!


❄️ Dormancy

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!


🌎 Native Region

Peace Lily is native to Colombia and Venezuela.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Peace Lily bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Peace Lily Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Peace Lily is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Peace Lily →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Peace Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Peace Lily Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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

How to Propagate Peace Lily →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

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!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Peace Lily


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Peace Lily has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 456
Peace Lily has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 431
Peace Lily has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 329
Peace Lily has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 280
Peace Lily has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 182
Peace Lily has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 90
Peace Lily has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 20
@CosmicMother avatar
@@CosmicMother
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 360 XP
globe Spokane, WA
06/03/2022

Super easy to maintain, shows you when it needs water. I highly recommend watering from the bottom so it can drink as much as it likes. Mine are total water fiends but are good with low - medium light and best not in direct sun.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@LovingSunnyAZ avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Goodyear, AZ
03/03/2022

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!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@BriskGalega avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe London, England
02/17/2022

Tells you when it’s thirsty!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@RorysGarden avatar
@@RorysGarden
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 279 XP
02/14/2022

Have had a few of these plants and they are so easy to look after. The stem of the lily can sometimes turn yellow if underwatered but if you cut them right back down, new ones will shoot up fast. 🪴

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@FabulousCashew avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
02/02/2022

Can tolerate low light. Let’s you know when it needs watering by drooping it’s leaves. Drama queen!

Fast grower Fast grower
@melaza avatar
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leaf-1 33 Plants
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globe New York
01/30/2022

Easy to care for, tolerates low light, likes water & will droop to show you it needs more!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@MariansOasis avatar
@@MariansOasis
leaf-1 90 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/25/2022

Got this as a 4” plant. So cute and already showing some growth, but not too fast. Looking forward to first flowers. Love that this plant is pretty easy going about location and watering.

Survivor Survivor
@AMG avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Phoenix, AZ
01/25/2022

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
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01/14/2022

This is a like Goldie locks lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Jeana avatar
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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Winston-Salem, NC
01/12/2022

So easy to care for! Mine is over 10 years old and received it as a gift from my son.
And I didn’t have a clue how to take care of it, but he keeps growing and blooming !

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

I have only had my peace lily for about a month and I love it, she is blooming still in winter and just looks incredible!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@TopKaro avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Boronia, Victoria
01/07/2022

Loves water, hates direct Sun.

Fast grower Fast grower
@ChipperShamrock avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Boston, MA
01/07/2022

Peace Lilies love moisture and don’t need a lot of direct sunlight.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Broken Arrow, OK
01/01/2022

beautiful!! easy to save if shes looking down.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@samsin32 avatar
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globe Pittsburg, KS
12/31/2021

I love that I can keep them in my office that doesn’t get much sunlight.

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@Amanda
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12/22/2021

She’s dramatic! A tiny bit less water than what she wants and she’s completely limp and looks dead.

@kayleesocool avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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12/19/2021

everytime it looks sad/droopy i drench it in water and boom it perks right back up. ive had this plant for 7 years now and its so pretty 😊

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@rwags avatar
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leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 5,389 XP
12/12/2021

Absolutely obsessed with my peace lily. Water once soil is dry. Doesn’t require direct light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 234 XP
12/08/2021

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!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@nebulaevie avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 287 XP
globe Corby, England
11/29/2021

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.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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