Removing pollutants: A study performed by NASA and Dr Wolverton to determine how plants can remove pollutants was conducted. As you can see, the list here tells us the peace lily removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethane, and others. I’m not an expert on pollutants, however, something tells me these don't sound like something I want to be inhaling, so if a few plants can help, I'm in.
Flowering: The white lily flowers (known as a spathe) begin blooming with a twist at first before flourishing and revealing it's yellow or white spadix in the center. The right light conditions are required for the flowers to bloom which can last a couple of months.
I had one that produced one flower the first spring and then three the year later.. so it seems as they mature the more they can produce, with enough light. They usually bloom springtime, sometimes later.
Foliage: The lance shaped (long..wide in the middle) dark green glossy leaves grow outwards and droop, and grow to around 6 inches long. Cleaning them gently with a soft sponge will keep them looking healthy and attractive.
Where they like to reside: Because the peace lily is a fairly small plant in height and width they are suitable to place where you see fit. It's important to make sure the place has plenty of light, but not direct sunlight to prevent damaging the leaves. The best environment they prefer is light and shade throughout a day.
|Names:||P. lily, Spathe flower (common). -- Spathiphyllum Wallisii (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||Height 18-24 in. (45-60 cm).|
|Poisonous for pets:||Toxic to cats and dogs.|
|Temperature:||Average room temperature’s are fine. Avoid lower than 55°F/12°C in the winter.|
|Light:||As mentioned above they like light, however, direct sunshine can damage plant leaves. A mixture of light and shade is great, if you can provide it. If you see the leaves yellowing this could be caused by too much sunlight.|
|Watering:||This plant does drink a lot of water in the summer. Keeping the soil moist (not over watered) and allowing it to dry slightly near the top is a good idea. If in the winter the soil stays slightly damp for a couple of weeks or more, that's ok , dont water any more. Your plant will let you know when it needs more.|
|Soil:||A peat based potting mix with perlite is ideal or other peat based mixes.|
|Re-Potting:||Re-potting each spring is the usual drill.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed every 2 weeks with a diluted liquid plant food from spring until fall.|
|Humidity:||Misting leaves regularly will improve humidity and keep it happy.|
|Propagation:||When the plant is being re-potted the main plant can be divided and potted, to grow smaller plants.|
|Pruning:||These plants rarely need pruning...well, not at all, to reduce size anyway. You will need to cut away dying leaves and the flowers when they have seen better days and that should be about it.|