‘No secrets with this one’: Houseplant expert shares how to care for peace lilies

Peace Lily: The best ways to keep you plants looking good

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It can be difficult finding a houseplant that’s easy to care for. Many houseplants are tropical which means they prefer being inside but have very specific needs. One of the best plants for beginners are peace lilies which are both lush and green with pretty white flowers.

Peace lilies also purify the air around you and neutralises toxic gases.

In a video for Patch plants, gardening expert and journalist Alice Vincent has shared how to care for peace lilies.

She said peace lilies are “great choice” for beginners because she has “no secrets”.

Alice said: “She is a peace lily and she’s really appropriately named because she brings total tranquility to any space with her soft leaves and year-round flowers.

“She’s available in three sizes and she’s a great choice for total beginners because she’s willing to tolerate deep shade and she’ll let you know when she’s thirsty by drooping.

“There’s no secrets with this one.

“Peace lilies like a humid spot, so try keeping her in a bathroom or kitchen and she’s not a fan of direct sunlight during the summer months.”

Peace lilies aren’t actually lilies but arums which come from the same family as the popular Swiss cheese plant.

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The popular houseplants like a bright spot away from direct sunlight.

They like to be regularly watered but not too wet.

The main symptoms of an overwatered peace lily are yellowing leaves, brown leaf tips and drooping.

Leaves can also get spot diseases, appear brown and have mushy roots if they’re overwatered.

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You will know if your peace lily needs watering by checking the top layer of compost.

If the top few centimetres of compost are dry then your peace lily needs a drop of water.

Peace lilies need feeding fortnightly in the spring and summer.

They also need to be deadheaded and the leaves dusted regularly.

If you don’t dust your peace lily leaves, they will struggle to photosynthesise.

Every few years your peace lily will need to be repotted in a slightly larger pot.

Peace lilies do well when their roots are a bit restricted but if they start wilting recurrently, they need repotting.

If you see small flies around the compost, this is likely fungus gnats which thrive in moist compost.

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