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Spathiphyllum wallisii - Peace Lily


Medium to bright light. Can survive on low light, but may not flower

Well drained

If growing in bright light, keep moist. In low light, allow potting mix to dry slightly between waterings

Full, bushy plant 6 inches (15 cm) to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and as wide depending upon cultivar chosen

White or green bract forms a backdrop for the central column (spadix) of tiny true fragrant flowers
Possible Problems

Extremely low light can cause stretched or spindly growth. Overwatering can lead to stem rot. Spider mites, whiteflies, mealybugs and scale are possible


Very low maintenance plant with beautiful fragrant flowers; even when not in flower, this plant makes an outstanding foliage plant. Peace Lily like to have their foliage washed on occasion, but for the most part can tolerate neglect making it the perfect choice for offices.

Light that is too bright will yellow the leaves. Plant likes average to warm temperatures 60 to 85° F (15-30° C) and tolerates medium to low humidity (below 30%). They don't like cool temperatures and won't do well under 60° F (15° C). Remove any yellowed leaves or spent flowers to keep plant trimmed and neat.

They generally flower in the spring and sometimes in the fall, while some flower sporadically throughout the year. Many cultivars exist, coming in a variety of sizes.

Feed only in the summer months with a balanced, soluble fertilizer; overfeeding will prevent flowering and can cause brown spots on the leaves. Leaves may also develop brown tips if plant becomes too dry between waterings. Repot only when roots begin to crowd the plant. Dust or wash the leaves once a month. Plants start to flower when they are more than 1 year old.


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