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We have had one of these plants for as long as I can remember, they are rather pretty and produce a lot of oxygen so are ideal for most homes.
The plant itself
They don't look all that match like other lilies though each broad dark green leaf is attached to a long sturdy stem that plunges directly into the soil that eventually becomes very woody once it gets to a certain age. These stems then form a network of roots as opposed to the plant forming one main stem. The flower is particularly different too, for one thing they are a lot more hypoallergenic instead of having multiple stamens that dust pink or orange pollen everywhere they have one solid stamen which is hard as wax, cream in colour and dusts hardly any pollen if any at all so its ideal for our family considering half of us suffer from terrible allergies. Although the picture shows that the petal from the flower is white ours have always had much more of a green tinge to them not that it makes them any less pleasant to look at but don't be surprised if after a decade that the plant changes its appearance a bit.
Caring for the plant
This is very much an indoor plant it very much likes the heat and we have our original plant and one of its babies on either our electric fire in our living room this seems to promote good leaf growth, though they do need a lot of water as they can become very dry. About two years ago we had to separate our original and we ended up with Seven new plants, however as we discovered they become a lot more vulnerable if you separate them too thinly, we should have really only separated them into five as two of the plants wilted and died very quickly. So do make sure that you plant is very large before you decide to do this and don't spread them too thinly.
The plants are unlikely to flower for some time after this as it seems to be a big shock for them and they will probably take a few months to reestablish their roots. Give them lots of water and keep them in the heat.
Though the plants flowering has us double guessing we gave some of the smaller plants to my dads office and some friends of the family as well as keeping the original and a new one for ourselves. Our friends did as we did and their plants have large leaves and on average 0-1 flower per plant, however my dad very much neglected his for a month while on a trip and while it dried up the leaves became tiny and it produced maybe 6-8 flowers which was probably unhealthy for the plant to sustain so I imagine that producing this many flowers is a sign that the plant is going to die and this is its last attempt to breed so that it can reproduce, though I would not recommend you let it get to this stage as you could be left with no plant at all. The pollen also turned brown and flaky which is not good for allergy sufferers when it gets to this point so again I would not recommend it for that reason either. Just stick your finger in the soil and if its damp let it be and if its dry give it a bit of water seems to be the trick. After the plants become a certain size they also generally produce less flowers but this doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them it just means they have become self sustainable and no longer need to reproduce as much as they have developed good roots and have just become accustomed to their environment.
As stated before this is ideal for us considering half of us are allergy sufferers.
The original plant costs between £10-£20 which is pretty good considering you can separate it and create new plants.
Peace Lily plants are very interesting. I have two of my own, my mum has two and my almost-mum-in-law has one as well. What I find fascinating about these, is that of all five I see on a regular basis, no two of them are the same! One of mine has large leaves that are mostly vertically positioned, the other has smaller thinner leaves that often sit almost horizontal to the stems. My mum has a small one in her bathroom whose leaves sit upright and one about the same size as my biggest in her kitchen, but it has thinner leaves than mine that mostly sit horizontally! The mother in law's is really thick and bushy with shorter fatter leaves. There is huge variation, even among plants of the same average maturity.
They look stunning when in flower, and remain beautiful when not. If you look after them well there's no reason they shouldn't flower again, although I have heard many say they have not had further flowers, for no discernible reason. All the Peace Lilies in my life continue to flower again and again.
**What do they look like?**
The leaves are a deep vibrant green, slightly glossy, and a sharp oval shape. They look just like the way you would draw leaves as a child! The flowers they produce are on long stems, with a single white petal. The shape of the metal mimics the shape of the leaves, and when you have a few flowers the effect is stunning. The petal embraces the stamen, which juts up proudly, looking a little like corn on the cob in mature flowers! As I mentioned above overall appearances can vary widely.
**How do I look after them?**
Peace Lilies do not have overly large root systems, so do not require really large pots. You can repot when a significant amount of roots are showing through the bottom of the pot. They are very thirsty plants I find, and generally when I water them I am generous. They droop dramatically and suddenly when in need of water. When I got my first Peace Lily (some years ago now) the first time it drooped I thought it was a goner, so severe it was! They definitely like their soil to not dry out too much.
They are very tolerant of shady positions and varying temperatures, though of course a lightsome room is good. I avoid putting these on my windowsills as the heat from direct sun, even when not sustained, causes them to dry out and droop really fast in my experience.
Removing faded flowers is important for getting the plant to flower again. I snip off the stems near the bottom when the white petal goes brown (the stamen often shows brown at the tips around the same time). Over time you will find the remainder of the snipped stems goes brown and wood like, you can remove it completely when this happens; it will usually pull out easily without damaging healthy parts of the plant, as it is now completely dead.
As with all house plants, it is good to avoid watering with straight tap water if possible. The things that make it safe for us are not great for plants, but it won't kill them outright. One thing that can happen is the leaf tips will go brown and a little crispy. This isn't harmful to the plant, though it's not the most aesthetically pleasing. Over watering and too much plant feed can also cause this in Peace Lilies. If you have an aquarium watering with the water from that will be better (as it should be treated; it will also contain waste which will feed your plant), or you can treat water specifically or use mineral water. As I said though, using plain tap water isn't an awful thing to do, just not the best.
I have never cultivated my own Peace Lilies, but I believe the only way to do this at home is by dividing the plant. You look at the base of your plant for new crowns; these are separate clusters of stems and if you have any you will clearly see them. You have to remove one of these crowns along with a decent amount of roots, plant it up and water straight away (but don't feed for a few months).
**My thoughts on these plants**
I think these are rather sophisticated plants, and they look stunning in any setting. Often given as a peace offering between quarreling friends, or a nice alternative to a bunch of Apology Flowers for a wronged woman. They are easy to look after, although anecdotally it seems to be a bit hit and miss whether you get recurring flowers. I think any plants make a good gift, but for some reason Peace Lilies seem to be a front runner in the gift stakes. Probably the connection to peace and serenity. This is no bad thing, they even have a peaceful look to them. This is a personal feeling, I think due to the flowers being white which brings purity to my mind. Not just the colour though, they are quite plain, uncomplicated. Beautiful in their simplicity.
==Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)==
I do love to have a few plants around our flat and even though we haven't that much space I have a couple in each room. Seeing as we don't get excessive amounts of direct sunlight through our windows I have to be selective in the type of house plant which I choose to buy. The Peace Lily is said to be one of the more easier plants to keep seeing as it can thrive in relative shade and needs little attention to stay alive.
My current Peace Lily is my third in as many years, quite clearly I am not the green fingered home owner that my first paragraph made out. However I feel my downfall in house plant care is that fact that I tend to over water my plants and this will eventually lead to their demise, in fact probably quicker and deadlier than under watering them. I must care too much!
The Peace Lily needs watering only once a week and this only when the soil is dry. It is best to leave it to get fairly dry to the touch and you can always tell when they need a drink as the leave will start to droop but as soon as it has a drop of water you begin to see the leaves perk up and within a couple of hours the plant has had a nice drink and looks back to its fresh self.
The Peace Lily does have a nice look to it and is very green and leafy. I can't say that mine has flowered a lot but when it does it shoots up a green stem and the large white leaves hold inside the bud of the flower. Depending on the size of the peace lily you can expect around half a dozen shoots at any one time. Once these have died it is always best to cut them right back I have been told and I have been doing this but as far as this lily is concerned as yet I have now had any decent sized flowers to talk of.
The peace lily, although toxic when eaten to humans and pets (mildly but you'd know about it if you had ingested some) it is said to remove toxins from the air and make for a cleaner purer atmosphere indoors. This is obviously a bonus but the pollen still does set Himself's hay fever off if he doesn't take his allergy tablet!
The leaves will occasionally tip with brown but this is letting you know that something is wrong. It is then a case of working out what it is. The peace lily doesn't like over watering so check that, then the warmth and brightness of the room. Not too much warmth and no direct sunlight for this plant so make sure that is not the cause. Too much fertiliser isn't a good thing for these Peace Lily's and it needs it very infrequently and hardly any mixed in with the water when you do so. Other things that need to be thought about when the lily is looking sad is if the leaves need a dust down and a spritz because these plants like their humidity so a nice spray of water on the leaves goes down a treat.
Other than the chance the leaves may turn brown this is a fairly easy to plant to look after and one that looks very nice in the home. If kept for a long period of time and re-potted, the plant can get nice and bushy and with the large leaves can make quite a statement in any room. These plants can be picked up pretty cheaply too and I found mine at Morrison's for £3.99p and it came in a nice cream pot as well so a total bargain. It was one of the smaller ones you can get but this suits my needs fine.
I would recommend this plant for any home as the care needed to keep them is minimal and the affect they have is great.
5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am definitely not what you would call green fingered but I have now had my Peace Lily for over two years. It is a beautiful plant and very easy to look after. Lily now sits comfortably beside the fireplace in the home that i currently rent with my partner but i fully intend to transfer her to an outdoor space and a much bigger pot when we buy our first home.
This Peace Lily is a beautiful and very low maintenance plant. They only require watering once a week or so and, mine at least, produce beautiful, elegant white flowers on a regualr basis. It is best to keep them somewhere light and airy but away from direct sunlight as this can damage the leaves of the plant.
My own Lily was quite small when i bought her form B&Q but with repotting she is now quite a sizeable plant. Like I said, I am not really green fingered and often forget to water her but she has done incredibly well and is now considerably larger that when I first bought her. She has moved house with me twice in the last two years and still remains sturdy and flowering.
If you forget to water your Peace Lily you will find that it can wilt quite badly. Don't panic! Simply give the plant a pint or two of water (down the side of the pot not onto the compost) and you can quite literally watch as it springs back to life.
A perfect first plant that seems to be designed for the forgetful among us.
Peace lillies, or spathipyllum to give them their much less attractive name, first came into my life when I visited New Zealand for the first time.
These plants grow in NZ with pretty much uncontrolled abandon, the southern hemisphere bluebell equivalent if you would, on a larger, much much larger scale. The plants themselves have very deep green flat leaves that are typically up to 15" long. The white flowers stand on a very long thin deep green stalk well clear of the leaves and are oval shaped with the stamen standing infront of the single petal. A truly breathtaking sight in their natural habitat.
My love for these plants came about as a result of a combination of their name, the gorgeous white flower and the happy memories of a gorgeous country that they invoke in me.
The name "Peace Lily" arises from the white almost flag like flowers that the plant bears that stand above the parapet of leaves. This is very much like a white flag of truce being waved, hence the "peace" element of the name.
Just recently I have suffered the loss of 4 very close friends and family over a 2 month time period. Heading home from the funeral of my close friend on
friday I was trying to think of a memorial to them all that I could have close to me that would remind me of my lovely people. I stopped at a services on my way home and in the foyer was a large table full of white potted peace lillies. It was almost as if someone had been reading my thoughts and put them there as an answer to my ponderings. I had been considering budget too and was concerned that I couldn't afford much. All these reasonable sized plants were on offer for £3.99 with a lovely white china pot. Another answer to the question!!
I spent my time choosing one and it now has pride of place in my room, surrounded by photos of my family and friends, including those recently lost. It truly makes a lovely memorial.
The price that I paid really reflects the need to shop around when purchasing one of these beautiful plants, or any plant to be honest. Garden centres generally have over inflated prices whilst supermarkets and market stalls hold the cheapest, but oddly, the healthiest plants. A delivery service on the net currently has plants for sale for £14.99!!! and i'd love to see the size of the plant that is delivered to!
Peace lillies are very easy plants to keep provided that they are kept clean with dusted leaves and well watered, typically when the soil is just dry to the touch. In the wild the peace lilly much prefers a shadowy humid atmosphere away from direct sunlight, generally in the foothills of mountains and edges of woods. Therefore lily would thank you for a position away from the windowsill! the plants flower once every 4 to 12 months, there is nothing you can do to influence how long it is so if it appears that your lily is defunct, be patient with it and you will see the benefits.
I love these plants, Just saying the name invokes a feeling of, well, peace in me I guess. They are a delight to have around the house and very handy in the homes of smokers, absorbing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde from the air. Just be a bit careful if you have children or animals around. As is common for many plants of the lily variety the sap is poisonous. Therefore if a plant breaks and a child or animal gets to the sap it can have a toxic effect on them. so minus one star for that Miss Lily i'm afraid, but personally, I would award the full 5 . ;o)
I myself have two relatively new and young peace lillies.
One I bought from Wyevale garden centre, and it cost me £4.99. However the next day I was in our local Morrissons and it a similar size plant was just £1.99!
Im amazed that there can be such a huge difference in price, but theres a lesson learnt in there somewhere.
Now the plants themselves have very shiny leaves, in a very bright green. There are tear drop shaped leafs with a waivering edge. The flowers are truly beautiful in their simplicity, which probably explains why I like them.
One large petal, almost like a half shell guards a small cob shaped bud with small nodules.
The petal is a soft green tinged white and the bud is a creamy yellow.
The care that my two are currently receiving is to be in full light but not direct sunlight and they are being watered twice a week, with about 2 inches of water, since it has been quite warm lately.
The larger of the two, plant size stands about 20 cms high. One of the flowers has gone on a growth spurt and stands out at around 40 cm.
I havent fed either of them yet with any indoor plant food as theyve been going really well. They will however need re-potting soon as they are becoming too large for the containers they are in.
Before I re-pot them I shall make sure they are well fed and watered before hand to give them to best possible chance in their new pot.
I'm not sure if the plants I have bought cant effectively be split, as there is a lot of growth.
What I really like about these plants is the simplicity. A colleague has give my great advice on cleaning the leaves to ensure they keep their gleam,as they may attract dust, and the pollen may fall. A damp cloth and a gentle wipe over on each leaf does the trick!
A very easy plant to care for, and I'm looking forward to watching these two grow. My aim would be to get them to around a metre in height. My work place currently has one around that size and its stunning.
Dowside is they dont produce much fragrance, but that too can be a positive.
Basically I love them, and think they are the perfect houseplant for the well versed and the new starter and due to their shape and style they are a very unisex plant to give as a gift!
Mine does not flower now and has not for the past six months. what is wrong? and what can i do to make it flower again? Thanks Robert, Moscow, Russia
I?m not a huge plant expert so bear with me. I acquired this plant purely because I had grown a small fascination with them and I wanted something to look after. Doing a little bit more research on it I?m sure you?ll be fascinated by this plant yourself. One of the things that drew me to this particular plant, other than its beauty, was its ability to cleanse the air around you. This lily can absorb potentially harmful chemicals from the air such as stuff found in paints, cleaning fluids, varnishes, and smoke and fumes from cars and cigarettes so this plant will be great if you live in big cities and air conditioning is giving you dry lips and sore throats. Fortunately, your lily will not suffer from absorbing all these chemicals! The plant originates from South and Central America. Its name Spathiphyllum comes from ?Spathi? meaning spathe or part of the sail like flower, and phylum meaning a spathe like leaf. It?s a very easy plant to look after with large glossy leaves that (I think) start off being white and slowly turn green. Flowers have white cloak like petal that flower all year round. They?re absolutely beautiful and smell lovely. If your lily does have difficulty flowering you need to put them in less bright light (unlike other flowers where you have to put them in some sun to encourage growth). The plant is fairly easy to look after; you have to spray the leaves now and again to stop the leaf tips drying out. This also helps clean the leaf and breathing well (by keeping their stomata clear). These plants are also great if you want a bathroom plant. The leaves will droop to tell you they need watering but it?s best you water them before they do; never let the soil get dry. Keep them out of direct sunlight and draughts and above 15°C. It?s also a good idea to fertilise them once a month I hope t
his helps. Apparently they were voted the second most popular houseplant in the UK so they can?t be all bad. Personally, I think they?re wonderful. They look very glamorous in my bedroom and I will be bringing them to Leeds with me where the air is a bit more polluted than my Devon home. I also reckon having that extra oxygen around my house has done me good and I totally recommend it. Please just leave me a message if you have any questions. Hope this helps!
Mother's day is just around the corner..I usually buy my mum a bunch of flowers, but this year I'm branching out and buying her a plant. Flowers die after a while, but hopefully if I buy her a plant it will last a little longer, and every time she looks at it she will think of me (Not a nice thought) Joking. I bought myself a peace lily a couple of years ago and it has always brightened up a small part of my lounge, whether it is in flower or just displaying its beautiful lush green leaves. So a peace lily it is for my mum on mother's day. This plant is a tropical evergreen perennial. The long shaped dark green leaves sprout from the soil in abundance. Every few months the plant flowers, the flower starts off green like a leaf and turns a beautiful soft white colour when in full bloom. If you smell the flower up close you will notice that it has a peppermintish aroma. The flowers last for weeks on end, when they are due to finish, I just cut them off as close to the bottom as possible. These plants are supposed to help clear the air and are very popular in offices etc. The plant likes to be kept in moist but not overly wet soil. If you don't water it enough you will notice that the leaves start to wilt and turn yellow/brown. When you water it use tepid water. Now and again you may need to fertilize the plant, I just use an ordinary houseplant fertilizer every 3 months or so. Do not put the plant in direct sunlight or in a very dark corner, just put it in a place that gets average light. These plants also enjoy warmer conditions so don't put it in a room with a cold temperature. The average lounge temperature should be ideal. PROBLEMS Mealybugs sometimes affect the peace lily; they are small, pale insects that suck the plant sap, causing growth problems or even the death of the plant. If you notice this insect on your plant, I suggest that you wash the leaves in soap
y water. Failing th at a pesticide may be necessary. Over- watering usually causes root and stem diseases. So ease up on the water and double check on the drainage. To keep your plant looking extra healthy and shiny, wipe the leaves over every few days. I use spray on leaf shine for that extra special shine. You can buy this plant at most garden centres. E.g. Homebase/ B&Q. Plants range from £6 upwards. The bigger the plant the higher the price. Just a little word now to young couples who are starting out with their first home. Money can be tight, you may not be able to afford all of the furniture you would like, well do what I did plonk a large green leafy plant here and there it sure fills a corner. In my early years though it was aspidistras that filled my empty corners. Happy mothers day to all mothers from gill.
My Dad sent me a gift voucher to be used in the local garden centre. I knew I wanted a houseplant, but not what type. I did know that I wanted one that was easy to care for and pretty to look at. The Peace Lily fitted those requirements, so I bought it. It now takes pride of place in - my bathroom! I did have it in the living room but my bathroom was lacking some greenery so I tried it in there. It seems to love the atmosphere and is thriving. The Peace Lily is, as I said, a lovely looking plant with large, rich green leaves that grow from the bottom of the plant and tall exotic-looking white flowers that seem to come from the leaves themselves. It grows into a bushy plant and one of the good things about caring for it is it's ability to tolerate low light, so you don't have to worry about finding a place on the windowsill for it. Having said this, it does not like being in dark areas either and you may find it complaining by not producing any of the gorgeous white flowers. It is an easy to care for plant as long as you don't overwater it or underwater it. This can be difficult to estimate of course, but if you aim to keep the soil damp, not soggy, you are winning! The leaves will soon tell you if it needs water as they will droop considerably if thirsty. I regularly clean the leaves with some baby bio leaf cleanser on some cotton wool. It brings the leaves up very shiny and improves the overall look of the plant. Overall it is a stunning plant which makes an excellent showpiece for the home.
You need to remember that I was a child of the sixties. You must have read about it, rock and roll, marijuana with breakfast, dinner and tea, free love, flower power and oh yes never forget ‘peace man! Now are you conjuring up an image of my youth? Okay now you’ve got it, forget the lot apart from the peace bit. I was what you might term an observer, people around me may have been smoking goodness knows what but not me (when it’s legal maybe) and as for the free love well I played pretty safe and that’s all I’m saying! But oh how I liked the whole idea of peace and that part of me has never changed. No, I haven’t forgotten this op is about a plant but the history is important. I am hopeless at raising plants in my house, kind people give them to me as presents and how do I reward them? I kill them everyone; I should make very clear here that it is the plants that end up dead not the givers! Then I discovered the peace lily. It had glossy dark green leaves and beautiful white flowers with yellow ‘spears’ within them springing up from amongst the leaves and I took an instant shine to it. Call me daft if you like but when I saw the name, I was even more delighted with it. Why was I thrilled to receive a Spathiphyllum, well I wasn’t but to get a peace lily somehow seemed symbolic. This was about ten years ago and over that time I must have given dozens of them to others at the slightest excuse, I like the idea that as well as giving a beautiful plant I am giving the feeling of peace with it, logical no but I like it! It isn’t only the name or the beauty of this plant but it’s easy care that is important to me. The peace lily is a member of the Araceae family of plants. It comes originally from swamplands in Columbia (takes you back to the 60’s again) and it likes bright light but no direct sunlight. If you put your plant where it does not get enough lig
ht it will not flower and after some time it will look as though it has lost the will to live! It likes to be kept moist, not soggy mind just moist but please don’t let your lovely lily dry right out. Feed your plant with a liquid house plant food once every two weeks. Keep your lily out of drafts and heat sources and hopefully it will live for months at least. In the spring time it likes to be moved to a new pot just slightly bigger than it’s old one don’t think you are being kind by putting it in a great big one that will do it no favours. The peace lily can get spider mites and other little bugs and I’m afraid a trip to your garden centre for a remedy is the best way to deal with it. Treat it quickly and you should manage to rid the little blighters! Honestly if I can keep these plants alive and I can then I’m quite sure you can and any friend you may choose to give them to. One time my mind always goes to the peace lily is if I know people getting married that I want to give a token gift to. Sure they haven’t actually invited me to the really posh do but I may turn up at the church to make up the numbers. I like the image of giving peace to the pair of them usually with some not very witty card about their love lasting longer than the plant! So if you want an idea of what to give someone that will last and with a bit of symbolism thrown in, buy a peace lily, they are available all over even in the supermarket. You can get little ones for a couple of pounds or if they’re worth a bit more then splash out on a bigger one. While you’re there treat yourself they won’t cost more than a few cut flowers and may live for years, mine has! I may not be your average horti …..culturist, you know but hey, buy one soon and give it with love and peace man!