How to Keep A Peace Lily Alive

I think a Peace Lily might be the best plant for a beginner.

It’s pretty easy to take care of, it has white flowers and it has a ton of personality.

Serioulsy. It’s a super dramatic plant.

Don’t believe me? Forget to water it for a little bit and see what it does.

Total drama queen.

Let’s Learn About the Peace Lily Plant

That plant with the big, glossy green leaves and white flowers you saw at your mother-in-laws house was probably a Peace Lily.

People love it for lots of reasons, but one reason people love it is because it is on NASAs list of best houseplants for purifying air.

The Peace Lily grows naturally in tropical rainforests under a canopy of trees.

That should give you some pretty good clues about what type of environment your Peace Lily will want in your home.

How to Keep A Peace Lily Alive

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your Peace Lily.


You can water your Peace Lily when the top inch of soil is dry. Its natural environment is a tropical rainforest, so a pretty consistent watering schedule will work well.

If you do forget to water, you will get that super dramatic drooping that we saw in the image above, so it’s not hard to know if you’ve forgotten to water.

Your Peace Lily will bounce right back after that dramatic drooping, but it is stressful, so try to avoid it as much as possible.


Peace Lily is used to filtered light since it grows at the bottom of the forest floor, beneath taller trees that tend to block the sun.

It will do fine in low light and it will thrive in bright, indirect light.

No direct sun on those pretty leaves or they’ll get sunburnt.


Nothing fussy for the soil for your Peace Lily.

An all purpose potting mix will be fine.


You can skip fertilizer altogether with a Peace Lily, or, if you want to, you can do 2-3 applications in the growing season a well-diluted general fertilizer for houseplants.

If you start to see brown spots on the leaves or the flowers start to go green around the edges, it’s a good sign that you have over-fertilized. Cut back on the frequency and dilute it even more.

Things to Watch for with Peace Lily

We already know about the dramatic droop if you forget to water, but is there anything else to worry about with the Peace Lily Plant?

#1. Yellow or brown leaves

This can actually happen for a variety of reasons.

You might be under-watering. If you feel the soil and it’s dry deeper than the first inch of soil, then give it a watering and see if it perks up.

It can also be due to over-watering. If the soil is soggy, let it dry out and cut back on your watering routine.

It could also be a that there are some chemicals in the water you’re using to water your plants. If you are sure you are neither under or over watering, then try using filtered water on your plants.

You’re Ready to Keep a Peace Lily Alive

If you want to add some lively personality to your home, Peace Lily is it.

It’s a very forgiving plant and who doesn’t need that in their lives?