How to Grow Peace Lilies

This plant is one of the trickiest to encourage back into bloom. If you try these tips and still have no luck, keep it and grow it for its attractive foliage instead.

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Peace Lily Requiring Soft LightEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Start: spring
At Its Best: spring
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Materials Needed:

  • peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • container
  • houseplant soil

Assess the Problem

Take care not to feed your peace lily too much. Feeding may initiate flowering, but it often has the opposite effect, leading to more leaves at the expense of blooms.

Over Feeding Produces More Leaves than BloomsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Re-Pot if Cramped

Peace lilies will tolerate small pots unless their roots are severely cramped, causing the plant to become water-stressed. Transferring it to a slightly larger pot can lead to a flush of new flowers.

Transplant Cramped PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a Bright Location

Poor light is the main reason why peace lilies don't reflower. Although these plants will tolerate low light and grow reasonably well in dull corners, they actually require soft, indirect light in order to flower. Position them on a north-facing windowsill, or somewhere within a few feet of a brighter window, but shielded from direct sunlight. The plant will then flower at various intervals throughout the year.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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