Flowers have always been people’s favorite either for decorations, hobbies, or gifts. Flowers are also used for many symbolism around the world; one of them is the Peace Lily, which is known as the bringer of peace. The white spath in this flower represents a white flag and is recognized as a truce signal around the world. Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum is its scientific name, is often associated with prosperity, innocence, purity, and sympathy. It can be used as a thoughtful gift to express sympathy after someone’s passing.
This white-colored flower grows in Southeast Asia, Colombia, Venezuela, South America, and Central America. Their scientific name, Spathiphyllum, derives from the Greek word ‘spath’, which means spoon, and ‘phyl’ that means leaves. The shape of Peace Lily somehow resembles a spoon, hence the name. They are also famous for being one of the easiest plants to care for and excellent for houseplants in your home or office. Let’s find out more facts about this beautiful flower in this article below!
The benefits of growing Peace Lily
If you’re perhaps curious why this article’s title is “finding your peace” with the Peace Lily, we will now explain the benefits of having this flower around you. This flower is a NASA-approved plant—based on NASA’s Clean Air Act Study. The Peace Lily has proven to have benefits in filtering out indoor air pollutants! The trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, and benzene are sucked, absorbed, and broken down on the leaves of this plant. Aside from that, it also boosts moisture in the air.
Feng Shui experts have also said to recommend putting the Peace Lily plants at home to balance the room, reduce tension, and attract positive energy. You can also place them in your workplace. They can lift someone’s spirits, and you will be able to feel a much cleaner and brighter air in the room, thanks to the Peace Lily.
Not only that, Peace Lily still has several incredible effects on your house! As reported by the Balcony Garden Web, Peace Lily can reduce the fungal spores growing in humid places indoors. Fungal spores might trigger allergies and irritate the eyes and the skin or even cause respiratory problems. Thanks to the Peace Lily, it can offer you a great solution to eradicate the spores by absorbing them.
Peace Lily is also able to absorb the carbon monoxide around your house. It cleanses your indoor air and improves your sleep quality. This flower’s beauty might also improve your mood and calm your mind when you set your eyes on them!
Peace Lilies are not True Lilies
Although named as a lily, this flower is not a true lily from the Liliaceae family, proven by its toxicity. True lilies are often highly toxic or poisonous towards cats and dogs. However, the Peace Lily is only mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested in large amounts because of the calcium oxalate content inside the plant, which might cause skin irritation, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and burning sensation in the mouth. It doesn’t contain the same toxins in true lilies that could cause acute kidney failure in cats and other animals. It is recommended to keep the Peace Lily out of the reach of small children and pets.
Another unique thing in Peace Lily is that they consist of a spathe (shaped like a white sheath) and spadix (the green and spiky-shaped flowers). The flowers are shaped like spikes, and the size is tiny. They can grow in varieties, from 6 inches tall to 50 inches tall.
How to care for Peace Lilies
The Peace Lily is easy to grow and requires low maintenance. However, you still need to pay attention to its needs, from how much light it requires to how much water it needs to have. Here are several notable tips you need to remember when growing Peace Lilies:
- The Peace Lilies need a well-draining and all-purpose potting soil, but they can also be grown in water alone without any soil. If you plan to plant them in soil, repot the flower annually. If you’re going to grow them in water, the plant’s base should be suspended above the waterline. You can use a layer of small river stones to grow into the water but keep the base and leaves from being constantly wet and avoid rotting.
- When you water them, you need to be consistent. Keep the soil moist but do not overwater. They can tolerate underwatering but cannot survive if they are overwatered. However, do not neglect them simply because they can tolerate underwatering because their leaves might start to turn brown when neglected too long.
- Peace Lilies enjoy high humidity, so you can place their pot atop gravel to increase the humidity around them.
- Peace Lilies are sensitive to chemicals that are typically found in tap water. Make sure to use filtered and room-temperature water to let them grow better.
- Do not place them under direct afternoon sunlight. You can place them in a bright and well-lit area and be sure to avoid the midday sun, but they would love the bright morning sun.
- If no flowers are appearing, it means the Peace Lilies are not getting enough light. To encourage the flowering, move it to a brighter location, but not under direct light.
- Give them fertilizers for flowering plants that have a higher amount of phosphorous to encourage their bloom.
- If their leaves are brown, it may be caused by over-fertilization, lack of water or humidity, and excessive light. If the leaves are yellow, it may be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or the leaves’ old age. Pluck the wilted leaves and flowers regularly for better growth.
Peace Lily is a good starter plant for anyone who wants to start growing plants at home. Not only beautiful, but they also offer many great benefits for your health and mind. How about starting to plant one and make your house a peaceful environment for your mind and body?