You can understand why the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), with its attractive, dark green lush foliage and compact habit is considered one of the most popular indoor plants grown in homes and offices. They’re hardy and low maintenance plants, can help improve indoor air quality and also have beautiful, tall white flowers that can appear throughout the year.

How to grow peace lily in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide (or larger depending on the size of your plant) and position in a warm spot indoors away from direct sunlight.
  2. Part-fill the pot with Yates Speciality Potting Mix Plants and Ferns
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Protect your plants from annoying fungus gnats by applying a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier to the top of the mix. 
  6. Water regularly to keep the potting mix moist. Reduce the frequency during the winter. Moisture levels can be checked by inserting your finger into the top few cms of the mix. 
  7. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Liquid Plant Food or use Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns which feeds plants for up to 2 months.

How to grow peace lily in a garden

Peace lilies can also be grown outdoors in tropical and subtropical climates.

  1. Choose a sheltered spot with dappled sunlight and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area, place the plant in the bottom of the planting hole, gently backfill around the plant’s root ball with soil then water well keeping the water away from the leaves.
  3. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw, and water in well. Do not over-water them as they don’t like wet feet.
  4. Apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food every 4 weeks from spring until mid-autumn to promote blooms and healthy growth.

Growing tips

  • Remove unsightly leaves and dead flowers regularly.

  • Dust peace lily leaves regularly by wiping with a soft cloth. Dust can clog up the pores of the leaves and make it difficult for the leaves to function.

  • Because of the toxic nature of this plant, keep the pot out of the reach of children and pets.

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