Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum spp.

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Spathiphyllum is a genus of around 51 evergreen, rhizamatous perennial species in the aroid family, Araceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia and commonly known as Peace Lilies. These plants are grown for their attractive foliage. They tolerate neglect well, making them a popular houseplant. These plants grow well in shaded conditions but flower better with more light. They produce a flowering structure known as a spadix, this is a spike inflorescence with small blooms arranged on a fleshy stem and surrounded by a long white, yellow or green-coloured modified leaf known as a spathe. It has also been found effective at absorbing certain contaminants from the air. Mildly toxic to humans and animals on ingestion and foliage can irritate the skin.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Rhizomes

Gently remove the lily from soil. Remove a rhizome and cut into pieces using a very sharp sanitized knife. Place pieces onto prepared soil just beneath surface. Moisten and place in warm area.

Division

Remove the mother plant from the pot. Divide the existing plant into sections by hand or using a sharp knife if necessary. Each section should have roots and two or more leaves. Plant in pots.

Special features

Indoor plant

Indirect light and slightly humid atmosphere best.

Pot plant

The plant likes to be slightly pot-bound. Be careful not to over-water.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

The Americas.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Ideal as a structural house or office plant.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.
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