If you’re looking for blooms on your peace lilies, you might be out of luck. Peace lilies are known for their beautiful foliage, not their flowers.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
Many things can cause stress to the plant and make it difficult for the flower to grow.
Forcing a peace lily to bloom is all about creating the right environment for the plant. Here are 12 tips that will help ensure success:
If possible maintain room temperature with a small heater or air conditioner during colder months.
Your peace lily will need bright and filtered light, and it’s best to try and maintain a filter of 40% or less.
The plant should never be exposed to direct sunlight, as the leaves will scorch, but it should receive at least six hours of indirect or artificial light daily. Fluorescent lights are best, but if you must use incandescent, keep the lights at least two to four inches away from the leaves.
Peace lilies are heavy feeders and will need fertilizer throughout their growing season. The plant should be fed every week during spring and summer with a houseplant fertilizer diluted by half.
Water your peace lily regularly, but make sure the potting soil is always damp to the touch. Do not overwater the plant, as this can cause root rot.
Peace lilies enjoy high humidity, so if possible try and keep the environment around the plant humid. This can be done by using a humidifier, placing the pot on a tray of wet pebbles, or grouping plants together.
Repot the plant every two years in spring, using a pot that is one size larger than the current pot. Be sure to use a potting mix designed for peace lilies.
8. Temperature fluctuations
A sudden temperature change can cause the flower on your peace lily to abort. To prevent this, try and avoid exposing the plant to extreme changes in temperature.
9. Plant size
If your plant gets too tall, cut it back to promote new growth at the base of the plant. The new shoots should develop buds within a few months.
When your peace lily starts to age, it won’t show it by losing leaves or flowers, but by losing its color.
Peace lilies can become top-heavy because of the flowers, so they need to be staked often. Staking will help protect the plant by keeping it balanced and upright.
Tips for Growing Peace Lilies
• Peace lilies are native to the tropical regions of the world and prefer a warm, humid environment.
• The plant should be kept in a pot with moist soil and should receive indirect light or artificial light for at least six hours per day.
• Fertilize the plant every week with a diluted houseplant fertilizer during spring and summer.
• Keep the plant in a pot that is one size larger than the current pot and use a potting mix designed for peace lilies when you report.
• To propagate, cut off a three-inch section of root and place it in damp potting soil. Keep the soil moist and in a warm place, and new leaves will start to form in about four weeks.
• When the plant starts to age, it will lose its color and you will need to repot it into a pot that is one size larger.
• Peace lilies are susceptible to several pests, including spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Use an appropriate pesticide to treat an infestation.
• Because of the flowers, a peace lily can become top-heavy and will need to be staked often.