Peace lily: Houseplant expert on why you should never use tap water 'You'll be surprised!'


Peace lilies are beautiful house plants but caring for them can be tricky. Luckily, spoke to Patch Plants doctor, Richard Cheshire about the conditions a peace lily needs to not only survive but thrive indoors. 

How to care for a peace lily? 

Richard said: “Peace lilies are very good at telling us when they are not happy and even better at responding to the correct care.

“When the leaves and flowers droop, it may be a little thirsty. 

“I would give her a good soak over the sink so that water runs out the bottom of the nursery pot, then let her drain on the side before putting her back in her decorative pot.

“You will be surprised at how quickly she perks up.”

As for the best light conditions for a peace lily, east-facing windows are perfect because they provide moderate light without burning their leaves. 

If this is tricky in your home then just find the plant a spot in indirect light, away from the scorching rays of the sun.

Wild peace lilies thrive in a tropical rainforest, so the houseplant will be comfortably around 16-21 degrees in a house. 

But it is advisable to keep the plan clear of warm radiators and cool drafts, or they may wilt. 

Facts about a peace lily 

Botanial name: Spathiphyllum wallisii

Nickname: Peace lily or white sails

Plant type: Indoor, tender perennial

Air purifying: Yes. Did you know? In the Chinese art of feng shui, the peace lily is considered an aura purifier. 

Plant height, including pot: 40-50cm, 70-80cm, 90-100cm

Pet/baby safe: Toxic to cats and dogs


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