Today we’d like to introduce to you…Glenda the plant #2.
Here, you can see Camila, our super-cleaner, giving Glenda the baby peace lily, some extra attention. Since Camila learned about her very big responsibility of looking after Glenda and friends, the plants are looking much healthier. They get a trim of the dead leaves, when needed, and re-positioned to get the most from the filtered sunlight. Camila says her magic trick is to talk to them. Doesn’t she look happy (the plant, that is 😄)!
Here’s some tips of how to look after peace lilies:
ABOUT PEACE LILIES
Peace lilies are tropical, evergreen plants that thrive on the forest floor, where they receive dappled sunlight and consistent moisture. Replicating these conditions in the home is the key to getting your peace lily to be happy and healthy.
With enough light, peace lilies produce white to off-white flowers starting in the early summer, blooming throughout the year in the right conditions.
Most household varieties of peace lily grow up to 16 inches tall, but larger outdoor cultivars can have leaves that reach up to 6 feet in height. Peace lilies are not cold-hardy plants, so they can only be grown outdoors in warm, humid climates (USDA Zones 10, 11).
HOW TO CARE FOR A PEACE LILY
- When it comes to watering, consistency is key. Keep the soil moist, but do not overwater. Peace lilies can tolerate short periods of dry soil, but their leaves will start to brown if neglected for too long.
- Peace lilies are sensitive to chemicals commonly found in tap water, such as fluoride, which may cause brown leaf tips. Use filtered, room-temperature water, if possible.
- Peace lilies enjoy high humidity. Misting their leaves or placing their pot atop a moistened tray of gravel can help to increase humidity around the plant.
- Peace lilies are not heavy feeders, so fertilize only occasionally. To encourage spring and summer growth, fertilize every 6 weeks or so with a balanced houseplant fertilizer starting in late winter.
- Peace lilies are a tropical plant, so keep them in temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and away from cold, drafty windows. They do best in temperatures upwards of 70°F (21°C).
- Keep these plants out of direct afternoon sunlight, but in a bright, well-lit area. An east-facing window is ideal, as they will be exposed to the bright morning sun but avoid the intensity of mid-day rays.
This month will be a series on each of the 5 plants. Stay posted for updates.
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