Herbology: The Peace Lily

T272-1A Peace Lilies are one of my favorite plants that I cared for when I worked at a florist.

However, whenever I see them, they often look sad and limp.

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There are some simple things you can do to make sure your peace lily is healthy and happy!

The best thing you can do for your peace lily is to remove the dead leaves and blooms and keep it adequately watered.

It’s easy to remove the dead leaves. Simply pull from the bottom of the leaf and it should come cleanly out of the plant. If it doesn’t, use a scissors to cut as close to the soil as possible. If just part of the leaf is dying, cut at a diagonal with sharp scissors.

Removing the dead/dying parts of a plant help the nutrients and water to go to the rest of the plant.

Removing the blooms can be a bit trickier. When a flower dies, it will leave behind a stiff brown stick that is enclosed within a live stalk. This stalk will not die and can produce additional blooms if the dead stalk is completely removed. Try to pull on the dead/dry bloom. If it does not come cleanly out, run a fingernail down the side of the stalk until you can cleanly remove the bloom. The rest of the stalk will heal with time and remain healthy. However, if the bloom is left inside, it will often become squishy and rotten and kill the stalk. 

And lastly, keep the plant adequately watered. When the leaves start to droop, add some water! The soil should be moist, but not soaked through. Overwatering WILL kill the plant. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and a tray to catch the water. If the soil is overly dry and will not retain water, you can try to let it soak water from the bottom. If this does not revive the plant, you may need to re-pot it in healthier soil.

Or just invite me over, I can’t STAND seeing sad peace lillies and will go and prune it without even asking permission.

I hope this has been helpful!

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