Sunday, December 17

How to Care For a Peace Lily Plant

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The peace lily is one of the most beautiful houseplants you can choose for your home in addition to being one of the easiest to care for. The white blooms that form provide a colorful contrast to the dark green leaves that grow in abundance. You don’t need to make sure you have this plant placed in the window because it requires very little light in order to grow and flourish. They will actually grow well in a room in which the only lighting comes from fluorescent light bulbs.

The soil for the peace lily needs to be moist at all times, but not wet. You should check the soil before you water the plant and only water when it seems to be drying out. Generally peace lilies need to be watered about once a week. You should not let the soil get completely dry because this can cause harm to the plant. One of the signs that the plant needs to be watered is the sight of brown or yellow leaves. The water you use for the plant should not contain too much chlorine. This plant does not handle this chemical well. If the only water that you have to use is chlorinated, let it stand in a container over night so that some of the chemical will evaporate. You also should use room temperature water rather than cold water.

As the peace lily grows larger in the pot it will start to use up all the nutrients that are in the soil. For this reason, such plants need to be fertilized on a regular basis, such as once a month during the plant’s growing season. You should check with your garden center about the right fertilizer to use because if it is too strong it will burn the fragile leaves. A recommended fertilizer is one that is standard for all houseplants, but diluted much more than normal – about 75% more.

The peace lily is one houseplant that you don’t have to worry about being infested with bugs. It is resistant to most bugs and if you notice that there are any on the plant a simple cleaning of the leaves with rubbing alcohol will get rid of them. Even if there are no bugs to be seen, you should give the leaves an occasional wipe down to keep them clean and shiny.

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