Spathiphyllum Sweet Chico (Peace Lily)
Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum wallisii
Of all the flowering house plants, Peace Lily care is probably the easiest. In fact, it tolerates average indoor conditions better than many house plants.
It's good for you, too. This is one of the best plants for improving air quality indoors. It has one of the top removal rates of toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from tainted indoor air.
Blooms usually appear in early summer and last for weeks. The pale green spathe turns white as it opens and surrounds the protruding spadix that is densely covered by its tiny, true flowers.
When flowers start to fade, cut off the flower stalks as close to the base as possible.
No blooms? Plants that fail to bloom usually aren't getting enough sunlight. Move your plant to a brighter location, but keep it out of direct sun, which can scorch leaves. Got an older plant that refuses to bloom? If you haven't divided it in several years, divide it in spring. This is one of the few plants I know that blooms better after dividing it.
Dark-green, glossy leaves are strongly veined and arch away from the plant's base, making this an attractive foliage plant when not in bloom. Keep its leaves dust-free by wiping them with a damp cloth.
Height: Up to 3 ft (90 cm)
Light: Bright light, but no direct sun. Will tolerate low light, but may not bloom. Brown scorch marks on leaves are a sign of too much sunlight.
Water: Keep soil evenly moist. Use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil, which can cause root rot.
Humidity: Relative humidity of 40% or higher. Shriveled, dry leaves are likely caused by dry air. Indoor humidity can drop drastically in winter and may need a boost. Take a look at these easy ways to increase humidity for your houseplants.
Temperature: Average room temperatures (65-75°F/18-24°C)
Soil: Peat moss-based potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced houseplant fertilizer that includes micronutrients, using half the recommended strength. Yellow edges on leaves are an indication of nutrient deficiency.
Propagation: Division. Early spring is the best time to divide Spathiphyllum because it is beginning its most vigorous time of growth. Divide it every 5 years or when necessary.