Spathiphyllum the genus name means, literally, “leaf spathe”, with spathe defined as “A large bract or pair of bracts sheathing a flower cluster, as a spadix.”
You’re likely to know it as “Peace Lily”. Its’ widespread interior use is due to its exceptional acclimation to low light conditions and air cleaning qualities.
A fascinating plant that has somehow managed to circle the world long before man discovered its beauty.
Wherever it is found, it thrives despite pests, in the deep shade of the humid tropical rainforest understory.
There are many cultivars in production today, and can be generally classified into large, medium, and small varieties.
The Peace Lily is very different from many plants used today indoors.
Overwatering is one reason many people do not have success with plants indoors. Although it’s best to not have your Peace lily dry out, they can be very helpful in teaching us how much time can go by between waterings.
Spathiphyllums can be Thirsty Plants. They let you know quickly when they are thirsty by a noticeably droop in the foliage while creating a tropical look and removing toxins in a room.
Time and time again we see the peace lily wilt when it does not get enough water. They’ll bounce back quickly once watered, that is probably why these house plants are one of the best to use indoors and come in many different varieties and sizes.
One thing to keep in mind…. during the summer months IF your Spathiphyllum sits in a bright or warm area you may notice a “droop” in the foliage late in the day even if the plant is moist.
Check out this video and watch the Peace Lily unwilt!
The plant may not really need water…. make sure you don’t over water the plant. If the heat is too much and the leaves “droop” every day you may begin to see some brown tips or edges.
Move the plant to a more protected area or cooler space if possible. In the nursery because for the heat… it isn’t unusual to see Spathiphyllum droop late in the day.
Next time you’re ready to pour water on your Spathiphyllum, WAIT – let’em droop (just a little).
In the late 90′s one craze was the Beta fish – A Peace Lily with a fish in a bowl!