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How to Get Your Peace Lily to Bloom

Plant lovers often associate peace lily (Spathiphyllum) plants with their easy-going nature and air-purifying qualities. As popular choices for the home, peace lilies can grow anywhere from 1 to 6 feet, depending on the cultivar. With low light requirements and the potential for size, these plants can adorn many different corners in your house, which other plants may not!

With their beautiful white blooms set against deep glossy green leaves, the peace lilies blooms are the crowning jewel. It’s no wonder plant lovers look for ways to get more blooms from their plants! Encouraging flowering is possible by helping keep your plant in optimal condition. To determine what you can do to get your peace lily to bloom, take a look at these tips and tricks!

Tools Required

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Getting your peace lily to bloom may require a few different materials, depending on what the plant needs. Here are some things you may want to collect to achieve success!

  • Indirect light
  • Water
  • Mister/Spray bottle
  • Humidifier
  • Gloves
  • Fertilizer
  • Larger pot

How To Get Your Peace Lily To Bloom

Here are some ideas to consider when trying to achieve optimal conditions, to improve the blooms on your plant!

Light 

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In order to see your peace lilies famous blooms you’ll need to find the perfect lighting. While these plants can survive in low light conditions, it does not guarantee blooms. On the flip side, getting direct sunlight can scorch your plant.

Consider changing and improving the light conditions for your plant if you’d like to see blooms. Peace lilies prefer bright indirect sunlight, so a small location change may be a simple improvement for your plant.

Avoid the bright south or west facing windows and opt for indirect sun. In order to see blooms give your plant two to six hours of light per day.

Water Practices

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In order to get your peace lily to bloom you’ll need the magic ingredient: water. Having a proper watering schedule will give your plant the energy needed to bloom.

Peace lilies soil should remain moist, and allowed to dry only slightly between watering. If the plant fully dries out or receives too much water, the peace lily will feel the stress. For best watering practices, use room temperature water that is free of chlorine – this means no tap water. Also, consider misting or wiping down the leaves if they collect dust.

If you notice your peace lily starting to get yellow on the edges of the leaves this is a sign of improper watering practices. Over and underwatering your lily can affect the blooms.

Temperature/Humidity Fluctuations

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The location your peace lily resides in may discourage blooms if it is subject to temperature fluctuations or remains too hot or cold. Extreme temperature and humidity changes can damage your peace lily and reduce the chance of blooming.

Peace lilies prefer warm conditions. Daytime temperatures should fall within the range of 68 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures should not drop more than 10 degrees. Furthermore, if the humidity is too low, leaves will brown. This is a common problem in the winter months.

To ensure optimal growing conditions, consider placing the plant in a different location within your home that falls within the appropriate temperatures. Run a humidifier or mist your peace lily to improve moisture in the air around it, especially during the winter months.

Fertilizer

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Pristine, white petals are the main goal when growing peace lilies but what happens when it begins to brown? In order to keep your peace lily clean and bright there might be a lack of nutrients. If you want to see perfect blooms again, pay attention.

This is a sign that your plant is allocating nitrogen from the older leaves to the newer ones. This lack of nitrogen can affect the quantity and quality of your blooms, so consider this if you hope to have your plant bloom.

To improve nitrogen supply, fertilize the soil, though be sure to know  that a little goes a long way with peace lilies. Use one-quarter the recommended strength, diluted to half strength. Over-fertilizing can cause the tips and roots to burn, so if improving nitrogen is necessary, start with a small dose at first.

Pot Size

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Peace lilies make excellent pot plants as they enjoy the snug environment. However, if you notice the roots are starting to plug up the drainage holes in the pot, or roots are starting to grow on top of the soil, then it is time to consider repotting your lily.

Repotting will help your plant thrive and produce lovely blooms.

To rehome your plant, choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one. Size matters as too much space within the pot may cause the peace lily to experience soggy wet soil and root rot as a result. A pot that is 1 to 2 inches larger is a good general rule. Then, loosen the roots slightly and place them into the new soil and pot.

Bring Peace to Your Peace Lily

If you find yourself looking to encourage your peace lily to bloom, there are numerous tips you can follow to help ensure optimal growing conditions. From changing light exposure and steadying temperature fluctuations to improving soil and pot conditions, chances are, there is a solution that can help yours to bloom!

Do you monitor these things in your peace lily? Use these tips and share your success stories in the comments below!

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