Variegated Picasso Peace Lily: Care Guide
Variegated Picasso Peace Lily
Peace Lilies are tropical plants that make wonderful, low-maintenance houseplants. They are known for their large leaves and always-blooming flowers, which come in a variety of variegation patterns and colors. They are the type of plant where "caring too much" is usually the only problem you could run into. Read on to see what makes them thrive!
Peace Lilies do not require very much light! They do need some, but they are known to be perfectly happy even in offices under fluorescent lighting. Too much direct light can scorch the leaves, and too little can stunt growth. Try a corner of the room near a window for ambient light. Or, if you have a bathroom with a window, they make great bathroom plants and will appreciate the extra humidity!
Peace Lilies grow on the rainforest floor, where the heavy rainfall washes away nutrients in the soil, leaving hardly any. This translates to them being sensitive to certain chemicals in water. If you have hard water, or your water comes from a well, or if you know it to be high in mineral content, you may want to use distilled water to be safe.
Fast-draining with moderate water-holding capabilities. Ours do very well in a coco-peat moss mix.
Keep above 50 degrees (F) to keep your Peace Lily growing it's best.
The Peace Lily loves humidity, so if you live in a dry climate they appreciate an occasional light misting (with distilled water). You can also place it in a humid room, like a bathroom. They are known for their adaptability, so a slightly-dry environment is usually tolerated.
We don't recommend fertilizing a Peace Lily, as they usually don't need or want extra nutrients. We repot our Peace Lilies yearly, and the fresh soil mix supplies enough slow-release nutrients to last until the next year.
Occasionally, you'll need to remove older, yellowing leaves (which is totally normal, don't worry). Besides that, sizing up the pot when it outgrows it is also recommended.
The Peace Lily tends to be a hearty and pest-resistant houseplant. As with all plants, chronic under-watering or ultra-low humidity can lead to crispy leaves, which can invite in pests. Likewise, overwatering can cause root rot, or drown your plant altogether (although it could only take one time!).
We shouldn't really say "common", but dry or dead leaves can host spider mites or thrips. Be sure to remove any dead foliage, and look for signs of water stress like leaves developing brown, crispy edges and up your misting or watering frequency.
If a number of leaves suddenly turn yellow, black and/or brown, especially if they are newer leaves near the top of the plant, then that could be signaling a lack of oxygen to the roots or the resulting fungal or bacterial infection. This is especially true if you just watered, your pot doesn't have drainage holes in the bottom, and the soil mix is easily waterlogged. Although it is often too late to save the plant by this point, you can try immediately repotting the plant into a new pot with fresh soil (that is not waterlogged). Just be sure to cut off any roots that look dead or mushy. Another option is to water again, ironically, but this time it's with diluted hydrogen peroxide (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water). The hydrogen peroxide decomposes into oxygen and water, which supplies much needed oxygen to the roots in addition to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.