How To Care For A Peace Lilly

How To Care For A Peace Lilly

How to Care for a Peace Lilly - Whether you're a first time house plant owner or just want to find out more about how to care for your plants this tutorial will be quite helpful. An employee of a garden center will show you how to care for a peace lilly including pruning, feeding, and watering. It evens shows how to prevent pests such as the red spider mite or to get rid of a current infestation.

Hello, I'm Mike and welcome to Camden Garden Centre. I'm going to give you some help with some gardening advice. All you need is a plant and this is a Peace Lily it's botanical name is spathiphyllum and it's a plant that's grown for its attractive white flowers it's a very easy plant to grow and it's quite tolerant to shady conditions.

And the nice thing about these lillies is they produce flowers all year round. So that's the plant. I've also got a pair secateurs to take off some damaged leaves and old flowers that have died.

I've got some plant food, I've got some water to mist the leaves of the plant with and I've got an insecticide. First of all let me clean up the plant, as you can see there is a dead flower here and I'm going to remove that completely now with a pair of secateurs and cutting as near to the base as you can. And then here are the dead bits on the plant you'll need to remove.

There is a leaf here that has been damaged. That's probably water that was spilled onto the plant and left standing for hours on the leaf and it's damaged the leaf so I need to remove that completely as well. And here's another one as well, so I need remove that one completely too.

Plants need to be fed and the plant food that I'm going to use is a controlled release plant food tablet. This is a complete food feed and if you notice on the packet here this feeds for up to 6 months. You don't need to feed house plants in the winter months because they're resting so in fact although this only feeds for six months in effect it covers a feeding for an entire year.

So if you apply these tablets in April time that's all the feeding taken care of for the year. If you look on the back of the packet it says here how many plant tablets to use depending on the diameter of the pot. Now in this case this pot is about 15 centimeters across, 15 to 20 I would say.

So I'm going to use two tablets in this case. Now as you can see these pellets are brown and the fertilizer inside is white and this brown coating on the fertilizer lets water pass inside it and then when the water's passed inside it, it dissolves the fertilizer and the fertilizer then leeches out from the tablet and feeds the entire root bowl of the plant. They're very easy to use all you do is make a hole in the compost with your finger, push the pellet down there, about an inch and then cover the pellet up with compost and I'm going to put another one on the opposite side of the container.

There we go, that's the feeding taken care of. Now every time this plant is watered water will pass over those pellets and it will distribute the fertilizer throughout the entire root zone of the plant and that will keep the plant happy, healthy, and strong. When you're watering the house plants it's important to put sufficient water on to wet the entire root bulb.

Don't just put a little bit of water on you need to put sufficient water on it to drain right the way through. So, I have to keep stopping to let the water pass into the compost and when I hear water dripping out of the bottom of the pot then I know it's had enough water. And now water is draining out of the drainage holes as you can see.

You need to let all that surplus water drain out before replacing this plant on it's saucer on the living room window ledge. Spathiphyllums are shade tolerant plants so they don't appreciate being put in hot sunny places you need a fairly shady window ledge for a spathiphyllum. They appreciate not only being fed and watered but they appreciate their leaves being misted with water and this is just a simple misting bottle and all I'm going to do is just completely mist the plant particularly aim for the undersides of the leaves, the plant really appreciates that.

And if you can use pure water if you've got a rain water box, than use the water from that because that's pure, if not then maybe use bottled water. Here in London our mains tap water contains quite a lot limesca