She’s easy when it comes to light, managing in most conditions, though she’ll flower more in a brighter spot.
She’s pretty tough and will usually bounce back from a missed watering. Water her when the top inch of soil feels dry.
She loves humidity. If your bathroom gets lots of light, pop her in there. Or misther every few days to keep her happy.
An easy way to water her is to put her in the shower once a week. A few minutes under lukewarm water (not hot) and she’ll be thrilled. Let the excess drain off.
Peace lily; White sails
Indoor; tender perennial
Plant height (including pot)
30-40cm; 50-60cm; 90-100cm
Toxic to cats and dogs
Nursery pot size
13cm; 17cm; 24cm
About Peace lilies
As you may have guessed from its love of steamy conditions, the peace lily is native to tropical rainforests, specifically those of South and Central America. It’s thought it was brought to Europe some time in the late 1800s and it's adapted well to the UK’s less than tropical conditions.
As exotic as it looks, its light and water needs are modest. It will cope in quite low light, though prefers indirect light, and as long as its humidity needs are met it's generally happy and should flower throughout spring. It will appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer. As well as being an elegant beauty, this plant is a hardworking air-purifyer.
Did you know?
In the Chinese art of feng shui, the peace lily is considered an aura purifier. So if your aura is feeling particularly spotless after buying one, that’s why.