The story of the Peace Lily
The official name of the Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum, is derived from the Greek words for spathe and leaf. The plant has received extra attention over the last few years through the NASA Clean Air Study. They were researching how to purify the air in space stations and the Peace Lily turned out to purify air better than the average plant.
All plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen; NASA recommends therefore that a house of 160 square metres, should have between 15 and 18 large plants. The amount of soil is also important because micro-organisms in the soil also absorb small amounts of air pollutants.
Peace Lily production
The Peace Lily originates from the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela, a real shadow plant which loves a warm, humid environment. In 1870 the plant was introduced into Europe and has experienced a huge amount of development since then. In the 80’s there were a few varieties of the wallisii type, now there are many cultivars.
What do you need to look out for when purchasing the Peace Lily?
• Measurements and plant shape. When purchasing the Peace Lily we mainly look out for the pot size, the diameter and the thickness of the plant, the size of the spathe, the growth habit of the plant: compact or loose, the number of buds or flower stems per plant and the maturity.
• Health. It is also important that the plant is healthy, without pests and diseases.
• Damage. If the flowers or leaves are damaged, this often happens during transportation or storage.
• Leaf and flower. The plant can also have dead flowers or yellow leaves. Marks on the leaves may have been caused by cold damage or sunburn. Other animal or plant infestations don’t tend to appear in the supply stage.
• Moisture. The plant can wilt if the root ball is too dry.
Range of Peace Lilies
The Peace Lily belongs to the Araceae (arum) family, just like the Flamingo Flower and Zantedeschia, because of the similarities in their structures.
We know of at least 50 different cultivars of Peace Lily, which almost all have white flowers and are occasionally a little green. Breeders try to develop as many flowers as possible or really large flowers.
The number of flowers and the size of the flower must be in proportion with the plant crop. The leaves are lovely and green, apart from a few colourful cultivars. The difference between the cultivars can be seen by looking at the plant, leaf and flower size. Nowadays we also see plants with dyed flowers.
Care tips for consumers
The Peace Lily is an easy care product. The plant prefers a light position, out of the bright sunshine with a temperature of 18-22 °C. Give the plant regular lukewarm water. If the leaves are starting to wilt, the root ball has dried out. The plant loves a regular spray with lukewarm water, as well as plant food. Regular removal of dead flowers is also recommended. To bring the plant into flower year after year, a winter rest period is necessary. Place the plant in an area with a temperature of around 15 °C, for six to eight weeks in a light position and it will soon flourish again. In the summer, the plant can go in the garden or on the patio, but watch out for bright sun.
Creative tips for the Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is really popular because of its amazing air purifying qualities. Placing the plants in a group, in areas where there are lots of people, such as schools, offices or canteens create plenty of possibilities. You can also combine the plants with trendy pots which suit the target group.