Peace lilies: Houseplant expert shares simple trick to ‘encourage new flower growth’

Peace lilies produce beautiful white flowers, but like many plants, they don’t last forever. If you’re looking for a way to encourage the growth of new flowers, Express.co.uk spoke to Morag Hill, co-founder of The Little Botanical, about the best ways to care for peace lilies. She explained that a key tip is to make sure the plant gets enough light.

Peace lilies, Latin name Spathiphyllum, are an incredibly popular houseplant and are known for having large, glossy leaves and delicate white flowers.

Morag said, “The peace lily is known as a bringer of peace; the white flowers represent the white flag which is recognized as a signal of truce.

“Add a peace lily to your living space to brighten up a corner, clear the air, and bring some peace and tranquility to your home.”

Peace lilies are known to filter indoor air, increase humidity levels in the home, and help people breathe easier. They can also help you sleep better by absorbing airborne mold.

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“Check that the plant is draining properly and stop watering it until the soil is dry.

“In general, plants need less water in winter because they receive less light. I would suggest doing the thumb check weekly and watering only when the top of the soil is dry.

Morag further explained what the thumb test is: “To check if your peace lily needs a drink, simply push your thumb about an inch into the ground; if it’s still damp, you don’t need to water it, if it’s dry, top it up. We recommend checking the floor about once a week.

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Some plants need a certain amount of light or heat to thrive, and Morag has revealed the best location for a peace lily in your home.

“Native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, the peace lily is a wonderfully exotic, moisture-loving plant. This means that it is an ideal plant for bathrooms and kitchens.

“I would suggest keeping your peace lily away from heaters or drafts to keep it as happy as possible.”

As to whether a peace lily needs fertilizer or houseplant food, she said, “Peace lilies are low maintenance plants and they don’t need any maintenance. frequent fertilizers to keep them thriving.

“Feeding them houseplant food once or twice a year should be enough to keep them happy.”

And what about the size of a peace lily? Morag added: “When the white flowers turn brown, it is normal to cut these flowers. Cut the stem close to the pot with clean scissors to keep the plant fresh and happy.

“To encourage new white blooms to sprout, make sure your lily gets good light.”

Peace lily flowers usually appear in the spring, but well-tended plants may also bloom again in the fall.

The flowers last for two months or more and after the flowers fade, a period of non-flowering ensues.

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