Peace Lily

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Botanical name: Spathiphyllum

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Shade

Flower color: White

Peace Lilies are very common houseplants because they are easy to grow. They can grow up to 16 inches, but larger ones can often reach 6 feet tall. Peace Lilies produce white flowers in the early summer and continue to bloom throughout the year.

Planting

  • Plant with an all-purpose potting soil and keep it lightly moist throughout the year.  
  • Repotting annually in the spring is good for the lily because it will need refreshed soil. 

Care

  • Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not overwater.  
  • During the winter fertilize every 6 weeks or so.  
  • If you want flowers to appear, but none have, move the plant to a darker room.

Pests

Brown leaf tips are common with excessive light or over fertilization.

Recommended Varieties

Spathiphyllum Wallisii is a smaller Peace Lily reaching 12 inches tall.

Wit & Wisdom

In NASA studies, peace lilies were discovered to help control formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from indoor air.

Comments

I have had my lily for almost

By Brutus on April 17

I have had my lily for almost 3 years now. It has thrived and keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last year in the spring I re-potted it into a much bigger pot. I was given this plant to keep me company at work - I work in a climate controlled room (never to hot or too cold), full of florescent lights, and no windows. I know, sounds like a dream job. I have had a few flowers bloom over the years, however since I re-potted the plant last year not a single bloom. It sits in the same place, I just turn it every few weeks so that the light hits differently on it. I trim back the dead leaves, and still have lots of vibrant colored green ones showing up everyday.

Today while cutting back a few dead leaves I noticed the plant has seem to of divided up into several smaller "clusters" and smack dab in the middle of the group of "clusters" there is a large mass. I can only describe it as it looks like it used to be the center of the plant but it has died back(?) and now is just a hard cluster in the middle that is a green color with no leaves or stems and sticks up about a 1/2 inch out of the soil.

I hate to, but if its best for the plant I will, do I need to separate the "clusters" and replant in different pots? There is still plenty of room left for this lily to grow in its current pot. Also, with it being climate controlled and in florescent lights all day should I set it under my desk to block some of the light to get it to produce flowers?

Thank you for any help! I love my lily and it means so much to me I just want it to survive and thrive!

Hi Brutus, The clusters are

By Almanac Staff on April 18

Hi Brutus,
The clusters are "crowns" of two or more leaves growing separate from the main plant or “hub.” You can leave the plant in the big pot and do nothing or you can remove it from the pot and  brush away the soil from the roots to see where the crowns attach to the hub. Then carefully pry apart the roots that belong to the crowns and plant them in small pots using the same soil that they were in.
The lily needs light to bloom. Don't put it under your desk.

Hi everyone, I repotted my

By benedi on April 14

Hi everyone,

I repotted my peace lily yesterday but today I have noticed the leaves are curling. Any suggestions? Also, I am brand new to the peace lily, how often should I be misting them with water?

Sometimes after repotting

By Almanac Staff on April 15

Sometimes after repotting plants experience transplant shock. Just keep the soil moist and mist the leaves a couple of times during the week. The lily will bounce back.

I was given a peace lily as a

By Belinda Hines on April 10

I was given a peace lily as a gift from my First Lady's family after her funeral. It was big and beautiful with virbrant green leaves. I have had the plant for @ three months now. I had seen somewhere that you should spray the leaves often since the plant thrives with humidity so I spray the leaves @ twice a week. I have several flowers developing (I have never had flowers on previous peace lilies, so I am overjoyed). I have counted 6 flowers appearing. But, my plant is losing its dark green color. The leaves are becoming pale. I still have the plant in the same plastic-lined basket that it came in and it seems to be overcrowded. Since the plant is blooming, is it a good time to replant and should I separate the plant into possibly 2 or 3 different containers or just leave it whole and get a larger container? Also, how can I maintain the luster and the shine of the leaves. I have heard that you can put mayo on the leaves to make them shine and appear healthy, but, I want to make sure before I destroy the entire plant.

Hi Belinda, Leaves turn pale

By Almanac Staff on April 10

Hi Belinda,
Leaves turn pale if the plant gets too much light. If this is the case move the plant away from direct sunlight. Leaves can also turn yellow because the plant either doesn't have uniform watering and dries out too much between waterings or the plant has wet "feet" and sits in damp soil for long periods.
Spring is a good time to repot the peace lily. If you can easily separate the lily into 2 or 3 plants this is a good time to do it. Check the roots for root rot and cut off any brown or mushy roots. Replant in pots with fresh soil. And don't put mayo on the leaves. Good luck!

The tallest bloom is turning

By Eva Mendez on April 9

The tallest bloom is turning black. Every leaf and small blooms are growing beautifully into white and dark green. I only water them every other day with limited sunlight. There are very small leaves growing from the soil perfectly healthy. I insert my finger at least one inch deep into the soil to check if it's moist if the surface is dry. I never seem to have to water them so much, they're always moist. Do I trim the black bloom or leave it be?

In this case, the black color

By Almanac Staff on April 9

In this case, the black color simply means that the bloom is old and in decline..  Simply remove the spent bloom by following the stem to the base of the plant and cut it off.

Thanks!

By Eva_Mendez on April 10

Thanks!

I've had two peace lilies for

By Cassandra Marie on March 27

I've had two peace lilies for several years. I never get new lilies. They have great foliage and tons of it. I've divided and re-potted them, thinking the pots may be too small. The plants are doing well, but still no sign of flowers. I know they bloom in the spring, bu I haven't had a flower in two years. Help!!

Normally, when a Peace Lily

By Almanac Staff on March 28

Normally, when a Peace Lily isn't blooming, we advise that you repot and divide in the spring, but it sounds as if you've done that. I hope you replanted in pure humus or very high humus potting medium.
Another reason that peace lily plants do not bloom is lack of sunlight. Is it in a low light area? For a peace lily to flower, it does need bright light (though indirect, not burning focused light). A north or east window with curtains filtering the light would be a good bet. Be patient as the plant is probably emerging from dormancy but we hope you see a flower by the end of spring. We do love peace lily plants for their green foliage, too, but all the best on some bloom!

I have a peace lily that was

By Margaret Moss on March 26

I have a peace lily that was bought when my father in law died in January. I have watered it once a week and cut the dead flowers and leaves off. Tonight when I was cutting the leaves off a frog jumped out.It was green and about 2 inches long with the legs tucked under. Would it live there for three months and us not see it? We live in Canada and have had lots of snow and cold weather.I know that when it jumped out at me I nearly had a heart attack. It jumped on my wall and stayed there until my husband got it.

Oh! We can imagine your

By Almanac Staff on March 28

Oh! We can imagine your surprise, but also how interesting! In the wild swamps where peace lilies grow naturally, frogs love to sing for their mates from the peace lily. It's a common "calling" site and also a place for egg laying. (You may want to look closely at the base of your plant!)  When people have dart frogs as pets, they often put a peace lily in the tank.

The leaves on my peace lily

By mandie on March 26

The leaves on my peace lily are droopy from the middle to the tip is there a way to fix this problem. What is going on?
The new leaves seem to be growing in the same way.

Check the roots. If they are

By Almanac Staff on March 26

Check the roots. If they are brown or black trim them back. Leave the healthy light-colored roots. Rinse off the old soil and plant in new fast-draining potting mix.

after adhering to all the

By denise roberts on March 26

after adhering to all the tips my peace lily plant is still getting leaves that are turning yellow. and it hasn't produced any flowers yet. what am I doing wrong please?

Make sure that the lily is

By Almanac Staff on March 26

Make sure that the lily is not in direct sunlight, don't water too much or too little, and make sure the room is not too hot or too cold. A stressed peace lily will have yellow leaves. Also check for insect pests.

I have had a peace lily for a

By sah on March 23

I have had a peace lily for a while now . it has always been in the same window. IT HAS BEEN DOING great, but lately all of the leaves are going from a nice shiny dark green to a light yellow whats up. have been watering it about once a week,it gets bright,sun indirlecty daily I water when top soil is dry please help me keep it from dying I think it needs new pot and or fresh soil.

Peace lily leaves turn pale

By Almanac Staff on March 26

Peace lily leaves turn pale when the plant is exposed to direct sunlight. Make sure that the sun's rays don't fall directly on the foliage. The peace lily needs repotting if it's really crowded in the container or if roots are growing out of the bottom drainage holes. It's recommended to repot the lily in fresh soil about every 5 years.

I have had my peace lily for

By Tracey C

I have had my peace lily for about 1 1/2 years. It is very sentimental to me because it came from my father's funeral. It was always very beautiful and looked so healthy. However, within the last few months it started looking terrible. The leaves started to brown on the tips and there were a few yellow ones. It started to wilt and would never perk up after watering it. Within the last few weeks it really started to look like it might die. I took it in to a flower shop and they looked at it and thought that the roots were possibly rotting because the water in the pot was brown and the roots looked really brown. There were a few roots that were still white. They cut out some of the brown roots and cut off all of the dead leaves and trimmed the brown leaves and put new dirt in the pot. It actually looked pretty good when I brought it back home. However, it started to look droopy once again the next day and it still looks that way. Can you give me any advice to help save this plant? It is so special to me and I don't want for it to die. I have bought some fertilizer for it and have done this only once but it still looks pretty droopy. I appreciate any help you can give me.

Be really careful when you

By Almanac Staff

Be really careful when you water the lily. Do not overwater. Only water when the top of the soil is dry. And do not fertilize until you see some new growth.

Since taking it to the flower

By Tracey C on March 20

Since taking it to the flower shop I have only watered it once and I can feel that the top soil is still wet and there is no water sitting in the pot. I just wondered if you had any other tips to help the plant perk up. I am afraid of under watering the plant while it is still drooping and then killing it. I appreciate any tips you can give me.

I have a peace lilly plant

By denise roberts

I have a peace lilly plant from a family funeral. It was a 10 inch pot, full and green. That was 3 months ago. I have been reading on care,only watering once a week. I have repotted because it was over grown. The problem is the newer leaves will bloom out but the bigger leaves turn brown and yellow. Have been cutting them off. Have tried everything but it keeps happening. Help?

If you're finding that it's

By Almanac Staff

If you're finding that it's the older leaves of the Peace Lily that are turning yellow, then that may be natural leaf loss.
Leaves can also turn yellow because the plant either a) doesn't have uniform watering and dries out too much before it gets water or b) the plant has wet "legs" and sits in a tray of water for long periods.

What NPK of fertilizer is

By Bekki V

What NPK of fertilizer is best for a peace lily? I just got this monster of a plant from a memorial and I want to keep this thing alive. It is big, green and has 5 big white flowers on it... Is there a schedule that is best to apply various components of NPK or is it all at once? Also does soluble carbohydrate help in its flowering process?

Thanks

Bekki Van Dorn

xoxo

Bekki, use a 20-20-20

By Almanac Staff

Bekki, use a 20-20-20 fertilizer at one-half recommended strength once a month from spring through summer.

Awesome. Thanks!!!

By Bekki V

Awesome. Thanks!!!

I had a horrible experience

By Jean Aniebona

I had a horrible experience with a peace lily after finding the soil was infected. I had to discard the plant, but the bugs stayed in the room.
I just purchased another lily and I am concerned I will do somethings wrong and out it will go. The pot it was purchased in was 8 inches - I had it re-poted to a 10 1/2 plastic pot. Is that ok? When it was re-poted the original soil was not shook out so it's sitting on the old soil with the new soil underneath, at the sides and on top. Is that ok?
Thanks for helping me save my plant.

Not to worry, Jean. Peace

By Almanac Staff

Not to worry, Jean. Peace lilies are popular houseplants because they are easy to grow. Be sure that you keep the soil moist, but do not overwater. In the spring, give it a 20-20-20 fertilizer. Do this once a month until the end of summer. Each spring, repot the plant with fresh soil.

My plant is looking & growing

By Grannyxfivew

My plant is looking & growing great w/a beautiful flower & a new one sprouting. However today I noticed a white powdery substance on the flower & leaves. What is it & any suggestions?
Thanks

The white powder is pollen

By Almanac Staff

The white powder is pollen from the flower. Nothing to worry about.

Thank you very much. whew!

By Grannyxfive

Thank you very much. whew!

I scanned over the many

By Linda C

I scanned over the many questions asked and still didn't reach one quite like my situation. I got my peace lily last summer and all the leaves turned black. I tried cutting some of them off, but now there are only two leaves left. They are still very black and sad looking. I spray it with water at once or twice a week and leave the water out several nights to evaporate the chemicals in the tap water. I have tried everything it seems, please help!

Leaves can turn black from

By Almanac Staff

Leaves can turn black from over-watering, a too big pot, heavy soil, or if the plant has suffered from cold temps. Too much fertilizer can also cause leaves to turn brown or black. Don't feed the plant in winter. Check the roots to see if you have an issue with rot.

Hi. I have a a couple peace

By Vicky Schulte

Hi. I have a a couple peace lily plant. Can the seeds of the white flowers be re-potted to make additional peace lily plants? Thanks for your time.

Peace lily plants can be

By Almanac Staff

Peace lily plants can be propagated but only by dividing its rhizomes, the underground stems that grow just below the surface of the soil. Division of rhizomes should occur in the spring.

My peace lily is getting

By sarah nitti

My peace lily is getting small holes in new leaves. Does this mean something is eating them? What can I do to fix this?

It's possible that your lily

By Almanac Staff

It's possible that your lily has slugs. Place slug bait and eggshells on the soil.  Avoid any excess moisture on the plants. Also, try to remove all slug hiding places, such as rocks or rotting foliage.

I received my peace lily as a

By nicola

I received my peace lily as a gift and never having a house plant before I wasnt sure how to look after it! After looking at afew websites I thought what I had read was to cut any dead off, so I cut the lily heads as they had gone brown, after reading the tips on your website, am I right in thinking I have done the wrong thing and cant be saved now. I have repotted it and it has new roots coming but no flowers. Will they grow back or should I start again. Thanks in advance! !

It sounds like your plant

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like your plant will be fine. It's OK to prune out any dead, brown leaves or faded, brown flowers and stalks. Cut brown leaves at the point just above the base of the leaf stalk. If just the leaf edges are browning, you can trim the brown areas off, without cutting into the green area. Cut flower stalks just above the base of the stalk. Repotting (done every year or two) may delay flowering a bit, as the plant adjusts. Be sure it has enough bright indirect light (but not too much), and the proper amount of water.

I received a peace lily as a

By Stephanie Allan

I received a peace lily as a gift and our office is scent free. Do they have a smell or not? I don't think I can smell anything but I want to make sure before I make someone ill.

Peace lilies have a scent but

By Almanac Staff

Peace lilies have a scent but it's a very light fragrance. What people usually admire most is the contrast of their white/cream blossoms against very dark green foliage.

Hi! I got a peace lily as a

By JenniferFlower

Hi!
I got a peace lily as a gift last week. I am an avid gardener but I have never owned a peace lily. When I got the plant I immediately noticed it needed repotting, as it had a good dozen shoots packed into a 6" pot, the plant being about ten to 12 inches high. I repotted it into a much larger pot, twice as large easily. Afterwards I read that they should only be repotted into a pot two inches wider than the last one.
My question is, given that the plant had been so overcrowded, will my plant take easily enough to the much larger pot, or should I repot it into a smaller pot before the roots get a chance to spread? Thanks!

We agree that you shoudl

By Almanac Staff

We agree that you shoudl repot using preferably the next size larger pot. It's fine to repot without killing the plant though it could affect the current bloom. Just loosen the roots slightly. Make sure you repot so the plant is set at the same level as it was before. Water well.

Thank you very much for your

By JenniferFlower

Thank you very much for your input, I will take your advice right away, as I am very much looking forward to seeing this plant in bloom!

when I repot my plant, do I

By michael echols

when I repot my plant, do I spread the root, separate the ball etc. I want to know how to make my leaves larger and fill up the pot

Hi! I have two peace lilies.

By Mrsjessicaniles

Hi! I have two peace lilies. Almost two years ago, I repotted my plants because the pots they were in were really small and I wanted them to grow larger. I didn't know what I was doing and I shook out as much of the old soil as i could and repotted into a large pot with a loose ball. I noticed my plants weren't blooming and they were actually getting smaller. I looked into it and found two things to change. 1. I reworked the soil, carefully packing the root back into a ball and putting it tightly in the soil. 2. I switched from our Colorado tap water to filtered water. Those two changes made both of my plants thrive! The one that was almost dead has two blooms now and my other (that struggled but wasn't as bad as the other) now has 6 blooms and it had just finished a round with 2 blooms. And, the leaves are getting much taller and longer. My suggestion is to keep the ball packed because that is what they like. :-)

Can the pollen from the

By Jared02

Can the pollen from the flower be toxic? Say within 6ft of a covered filtered aquarium with only same openings. Or in general be irritating as an allergen in the air?

We know that the pollen can

By Almanac Staff

We know that the pollen can be toxic to cats if they lick it off their fur. It can also cause allergies in humans.

My peace lily seems to have

By Amanda Manzanares

My peace lily seems to have tiny flies in the soil. How can I eliminate them without harming my plant.
These flies come out of the soil when I water it.

These tiny flies are called

By Almanac Staff

These tiny flies are called fungus knats. The issue is that your potting soil was not pasteurized. Your best solution is to repot with a better quality soil (e.g., Scott's potting soil). Also, rinse the roots and container completely.

I bought a peace lily from

By nasr mohammed

I bought a peace lily from masters and ever since I have had it it gets brown patches on the tips of the leaves.The white flower has all it's edges brown. Why is this happening and how can I make the leaves look green again and what kind of fertilizer or liquid fertilizer do I fertilize with?

The Peace Lily is native to a

By Almanac Staff

The Peace Lily is native to a tropical environment so it's leaves may turn brown when it is in a setting without enough humidity (such as an air-conditioned or heated office). It is OK to trim the brown tips off and won't hurt your Peace Lily.  Keep the soil moist and give them a daily misting to get its leaves wet.  It doesn't need extra food in the winter when it's dormant.

I've killed my mom's peace

By Kim Gerdeman

I've killed my mom's peace lilly from her funeral. We didn't realized that it needed indirect light and put it in the bay window. Now it's all droopy and leaves are turned. Can I cut it all the way off at the stalks? How long would it take to come back? I've moved it and still keep it watered once a week.

Hi Kim, Only cut off leaves

By Almanac Staff

Hi Kim,
Only cut off leaves that have turned brown. Peace lilies are very tolerant and hopefully your lily will do well in its new location.
 

I recieved a peace lily after

By Benita Lindsay

I recieved a peace lily after my mothers memorial in september...its still in the flower pot it came in from the flower shop...should the Peace Lily be repotted???

Repot only if the lily seems

By Almanac Staff

Repot only if the lily seems to be outgrowing the pot. If it is healthy in its current pot don't transplant into a bigger pot.

I received a a big peace lily

By Tiffany McIntyre

I received a a big peace lily after I grandmothers funeral... At the time it had a beautiful big white bloom on it that has since died... I have had a few leaves die off but still overall green and beautiful... My question is my plant is only blooming little flowers now and they aren't getting much bigger than a quarter before firing off... Is this normal?? How do I get the big beautiful flower again??

With proper care, your peace

By Almanac Staff

With proper care, your peace lily can thrive. Several people have had similar problems and advice is given below. For example, do not over water; repot, if necessary; avoid direct sun and too cool conditions. See the comments below for more advice.

If I put my "black" peace

By Irene Blea

If I put my "black" peace lilly in the dark of the cold garage for the winter, do I have to water it? Will it freeze?

Thank you. I'm hoping for the

By Irene Blea

Thank you. I'm hoping for the best.

Peace lilies are tropical

By Almanac Staff

Peace lilies are tropical plants and will die if temperatures dip below below 40 degrees. Keep the lily indoors in a sunny spot.

Speaking of dividing...are

By Woody Howard

Speaking of dividing...are Peace Lilies divided the same way as Iris? IE they will have extra nodes that can be broken or cut off and replanted. Thanks.

Look at your plant and find

By Almanac Staff

Look at your plant and find the new smaller crown(s) (leaves growing from a new section of the plant). Remove the peace lily from the pot and pry apart the roots from the new crown to separate it from the mother plant.

Thank you!

By Ellwood Howard

Thank you!

I have been given some peace

By Ron Eldridge

I have been given some peace lily bulbs they have started to produce white shiny shoots. How and in what do I plant them. Advice on this and initial after care would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Hi Ron, Peace lilies are

By Almanac Staff

Hi Ron,
Peace lilies are easy to grow. Plant in good quality potting soil and keep soil moist but not too wet. They grow best in indirect sunlight. See more growing tips on this page.

I just bought a peace Lily

By Nina Tang

I just bought a peace Lily last weekend and this is my first time to have this kind of plant. So I just want to make sure everything I did so far is ok before I make any mistake. I re-potting it from the plastic pot which is used in the store to a bigger pot which doesn't have drainage hole. I mixed the garden soil and garden mix basically 1:1 to fill in the big pot. Thanks.

Your pot needs a drainage

By Almanac Staff

Your pot needs a drainage hole. Drill it yourself if needed. Choose a pot just two inches wider in diameter than original pot. Use a peat-based potting mix that contains perlite (or sand) and composted bark (to replicate their native forested home). The ingredients will be listed on the mix.

I have a nice healthy mum for

By Kathy Joyce

I have a nice healthy mum for my patio but it needs to be transferred to a permanent pot because it is only in a plastic pot from the store. Will it spread out to fill a pot with a larger surface area?

Select a pot one size larger

By Almanac Staff

Select a pot one size larger than the old pot to let the roots spread out. It's fine to transplant mums while in full bloom.

I just bought my plant.

By Gloria Bello

I just bought my plant. Attached to one of the stems is a 2 inch cylindrical brown thing that has tiny bumps all over it. What is it? Should I leave it there?
Thanks, Gloria

We're not clear what this is.

By Almanac Staff

We're not clear what this is. We might remove it. Take care not to overwater the plant for the first week. Then keep the soil  moist.

My daughter moved and put her

By Chatty Cathy

My daughter moved and put her lily on my front porch. We live in Phoenix, so you can imagine what happened to this poor plantafter our neucular sunshown on her all afternoon. The edges of most leaves are crisp and black from sunburn and now, after several weeks in the house the new flowers have brown edges, turning all brown and dying. The leaves are not dying, nor are they drooping. Should I prune the damaged leaves and flowers, or leave her alone until she seems no longer so stressed. She seems stable except for the blooms. She sits in a semi-dark room with shaded west sunlight.
Thank You. K.

You can trim the leaves of

By Almanac Staff

You can trim the leaves of the brown/back areas. Be sure to follow the natural shape of the leaves. You will not harm the plant if you cut the flower, but be sure to remove as much of the stalk as possible.

Thank you so very much. I was

By Chatty Cathy

Thank you so very much. I was uncertain whether to cut the leaves at their base, or as you suggested, trim them according to shape. I will let you know of "Lily's" progress after her surgery in her new home.

How do you prune a peace lily

By Yen

How do you prune a peace lily plant, the leaves and flower?

We do not usually prune

By Almanac Staff

We do not usually prune lilies unless you want to clean up the plant a bit.

I have a peace lily in water

By Ronna Janssen

I have a peace lily in water with a beta. The roots are now covered with what looks like a black algea. Is this bad for the plant or fish? I've washed it off but it keeps coming back.

In general, the setup is not

By Almanac Staff

In general, the setup is not good for the fish nor the plant. In a small tank or vase, the betta's waste builds up quickly and the plants' roots will die and pollute the water. The betta also needs filtered water that is a warmer temperature, similar to its tropical habitat. It needs lots of access to the water's surface and meaty foods. Unless you have a large tank with filtration and heaters, we would separate the fish.

The blooms on my sisters

By S. MaShonne

The blooms on my sisters plants aren't blooming. They're turning an ugly yellow. I tried to pinch one off and they have turned to mush. is this caused from over watering? please help! Thank you!

The peace lily is probably

By Almanac Staff

The peace lily is probably being overwatered and the roots are rotting. Check the roots. If they're mushy and brown, you can try cutting it out and repotting the remaining root system. If the roots seem bound up, don't worry about loosening them up and cutting some out. If it's too rotted, it may be best to discard the plant.

I have a Peace Lily for about

By Yurii

I have a Peace Lily for about 2 weeks. It was beautiful but now its starting to have little holes in the leaves and the flowers and leaves are turning yellow... I changed the flower pot to another one that doesn't have holes in the bottom. Is that affectting the plant?

Your container needs to have

By Almanac Staff

Your container needs to have drainage holes or the roots will get waterlogged and lead to this issue. Drill some holes in the bottom.
Also, make sure your peace lily isn't getting too much water. Once a week is usually fine.

My peace Lilly has a horrible

By TGoody26

My peace Lilly has a horrible smell. I only notice when I move from on house or apt to another. Why is that? How can I get rid of the smell without killing my plant.

Unless the roots are rotting,

By Almanac Staff

Unless the roots are rotting, this is usually a sign that your peace lily needs dividing.
You need to soak the root ball in lukewarm water until the soil is removed. Loosen with your fingers. Or you can actually divide with a sharp knife. You'll loose some roots but that is OK. Prune off old roots. Divide the ball into clumbs. Repot in well-draining soil. You may get two plants out of this. 

My peace lily blooms are

By Geri Morrical

My peace lily blooms are green instead of white. It has had white blooms in the past. Is this an indication of need for a watering/ light/ or feeding adjustment?

Correct. This happens when

By Almanac Staff

Correct. This happens when there is not enough light and if the plant is given lots of fertlizer. Hold back on feeding and give it more light!

Help! What shall I do about my plant?

By Anonymous

My friend gave me a maroon, almost black, small lilly that I re-potted when root bond. The green leaves are falling sideways and turning yellow. Is it a peace lilly? What shall I do? How much soil should cover the bulb?

Sounds like you might have an

By Almanac Staff

Sounds like you might have an Asiatic lily. See Van Bourgondien:
http://www.dutchbulbs.com/product/Asiatic_Lily_Collection/Lilies
Be sure that your Asiatic lily has "cool feet." In other words, the bulb should be planted deep enough (four to six inches) so the roots will be protected from the hot sun that the blooms adore. Water well once a week.
Good luck.

Not a comment but a question:

By Terrie Lusk

Not a comment but a question: can u divide and separate during summer or does it have to absolutely n spring

Peace lily can be divided at

By Almanac Staff

Peace lily can be divided at any time if needed, but the best time is when it is in a resting state (winter and early spring before new growth starts). Dividing during this time encourages growth. Another acceptable time is just after flowering.

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