Despite having quite a bit of garden experience, growing indoor plants has always been very difficult. In my small home, there was very little space available for containers. Though I had tried to grow several smaller species of ornamental plants indoors, most all of them met the same untimely fate. It wasn’t until I received my very first peace lily plant that I was able to find some success. Still, my experience was far from perfect.
Growing a Peace Lily
Peace lily plants are specifically known for their ease of growth. This exceptionally forgiving plant is ideal for those who have very little experience caring for indoor plants. Peace lilies are also quite beautiful. Growing rapidly to fit their containers, these plants display thick, glossy leaves. Seasonally, this tropical plant will produce large white spathes, which are more commonly referred to as flowers. These highly-ornamental structures stand tall above the plant’s foliage. In addition to their hardy nature, peace lily plants are purported to be useful in purifying indoor air and may even help to regulate humidity.
Growing my first peace lily was quite exciting. Even in my low-light living room, the plant grew quickly to fill its container. As time passed, I made certain to establish a routine watering and fertilization schedule. When spring approached, I was eager to see my plant begin to produce its first blooms. The warmer days of summer seemed to pass slowly, as I waited through an entire season of active growth without a single flower bud. After some brief reading, I was able to determine a few potential causes for its lack of flowering.
Why Peace Lilies Won’t Bloom
As I had made certain to care for the plant to the best of my ability over the year in which I’d received it, I was interested to learn whether or not I had overlooked one of its essential needs. With my application of a well-balanced fertilizer, I was able to conclude that a lack of nutrients or appropriate watering was not the problem.
Next, I examined the recommended light requirements and temperature. As it would turn out, many peace lily plants may not bloom under low-light conditions. Since the amount of light had always been a concern of mine, I made the decision to move the plant closer to a south-facing window. In doing so, regular temperatures which the plant received also increased during the coldest months of the year. This was ideal, as peace lilies will not tolerate temperatures below about 60 F (15 C).
Like most plants, peace lilies will need a certain period of time to become established. My peace lily plant was propagated and given to me by a friend and was still quite small when I received it. Though it had grown quite well and filled its container, this explanation seemed to be most logical in determining why my peace lily plant had failed to bloom. Though the plants are relatively long-lived, older peace lily plants may also fail to bloom due to age.
After another season, I would soon learn that patience, in life and in gardening, is a virtue. The next spring and summer, I was finally rewarded with gorgeous, crisp-white flowers that I had been waiting for.