Caracas Peace Lily

Caracas Peace Lily

Great houseplants that are busy filtering air pollutants all day in your home. Whilst they are one of the easiest plants to care for, there is the inevitable yellow leaf here and saggy stem there. We’ve got you. submit arrow

Bright spot with a bit of shade

Bright spot with a bit of shade

It likes a well-lit but slightly shaded spot. Its natural habitat are the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela where it grows on the jungle floor. Lots of light but lots of shade too!

It does not like direct sunlight the whole day.

Curled leaves may suggest it's getting too much sun. Change its location.

It likes its soil moist but not soggy

It likes its soil moist but not soggy

The secret to watering your peace lily correctly is to understand its moisture level.

Poke your finger into the soil – if it feels damp, don't water. Let the top layer of soil dry out. Once the soil is dry, water thoroughly until liquid runs out of the drainage hole. The aim is to nourish the lower roots without making the soil muggy.

Discard any drained water because the plant doesn't like wet feet and this can cause root rot.

Start with roughly twice a week. More in the hot months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.

As soon as its leaves start to droop, it's time for a drink.

Spa day, once a month

Spa day, once a month

1. Cut off stems of yellow leaves. This tends to happen quite quickly as the plant is a fast-grower. It's just a natural part of the raging process.

2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil if you spot any. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.

3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.

4. Gently shine its leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust. Front and back. This not only makes your plant look nicer but also helps it soak in light more easily.

5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.

6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.

Mist its leaves periodically

Mist its leaves periodically

Its leaves tend to accumulate dust so wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them glossy. Don't wet them too much.

Common questions

Why isn't my Caracas Peace Lily blooming?

It isn't getting enough light. Move it into a brighter location but not where direct sunlight hits its leaves.

Why does it have pale green foliage and burned leaf tips?

Hot direct sun damages foliage.Move it out of direct sunlight.

Why is it drooping?

It needs water.

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