How to Grow and Care for Peace Lilies

A beloved houseplant, peace lilies are renowned for their easy care. The peace lily is hardy, forgiving, and will even let you know when it is thirsty: Just look for the telltale droop. The name is a bit of a misnomer: Peace lilies are not true lilies (plant family Liliaceae), but a member of the Araceae family that also includes colocasia, or elephant ear.

Otherwise, in terms of growing and care, peace — as in calm and tranquility — is pretty much what you get. So how do you grow peace lilies indoors? It should be easy. The steps involved are pretty basic. So even if you are new to indoor gardening, you won’t encounter any problems in growing this plant.

Here are the steps:

1. Prepare The Pot with Soil
First, get a pot to accommodate the peace lily plant. Avoid using a pot that’s too large. This can retain moisture in the soil and will cause the roots to rot. Use a potting soil that’s well-draining. Then pour just enough soil into the pot.

2. Plant the Seeds or Use a Cutting
You can choose to grow the peace lilies from seeds. However, it will take longer for the seeds to germinate. Sometimes, it will take years before the plant will start to develop. So when it comes to growing peace lilies indoors, it is best to start with a peace lily plant cutting that has grown a root ball.

Dig a small hole in the soil enough for the plant’s root ball to fit. Place the plant into the planting hole then cover with soil. Fill in enough potting soil around the root ball. Then use your fingers to firm the potting soil gently.



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