One of the greatest joys of growing a Peace lily is when the time comes, and they finally flower. But once this happens, you may be asking yourself, how long is the flower going to last. In this article, not only will you find out how long the flower will last, but you also learn how to make it last longer, the average flowering time, what to do with dead flowers, and other frequently asked questions.
How Long Do Peace Lily Flowers Last?
If you’re growing a Peace lily, then you can typically expect the flower to last for about 1-2 months. However, if you care for it well, it’s also entirely possible for your peace lily to last over 2 months too!
What Are The Peace Lily Flower Stages
If you were curious about the different stages that your Peace lily flower goes through, then keep reading:
The first stage of peace lily flowering is maturity. If your peace lily hasn’t matured, then there’s no chance of it flowering. You can expect a peace lily to reach maturity after 1 year; however, it can still be 3-5 years before you see a flower on your peace lily.
When your peace lily is mature enough, you’ll then start to notice one leaf starting to grow in a twisting motion. As the leaf continues to grow, it should turn white, and this is the spathe. Many people think the spathe is the flower, but this isn’t true. In fact, the spathe just houses the spadix, which is a lot of tiny flowers together. (This is the stage where the spadix grows also)
Once your peace lilies flower is at full growth, it will stay this way for 1 to 2 months on average. This is the time when you most get to enjoy your peace lilies beauty!
And lastly, the spathe and spadix will begin to die after a while. This is completely normal, and it doesn’t mean that the rest of your peace lily will die. In fact, it should carry on growing. The flower is only there for reproductive purposes.
You’ll know when your peace lilies flower is dying because it will start to turn brown, green, or begin to droop.
Should You Cut Off A Dead Peace Lilies Flower?
While leaving the flowers is fine, cutting them off does help ensure that any nutrients aren’t being wasted on them but instead going to the rest of the plant. However, it is generally down to personal preference whether you want to keep the dead flower on your peace lily or not.
How To Cut Off A Dead Peace Lilies Flowers
If you plan on cutting off the dead flowers on your peace lily, then you should do the following:
- Find a pair of gardening scissors or shears, and make sure you disinfect them before use, so that you don’t potentially infect your peace lily with pathogens.
- Next, look for the base of the stem that houses the faded flower.
- Once you’ve done this, you simply need to cut as low down as possible on the stem.
- This is also a good time to cut off any old leaves and foliage that you can see as well.
- If you have potted your peace lily in regular garden soil, then you should the peace lily at the crown instead. This is the part where the roots join the stem above ground.
- Dispose of every part immediately. Especially if you have pets.
It’s also important to remember that you shouldn’t try to remove peace lilies flowers by hand. Doing this can often result in damage to the plant. Twisting is especially bad for them.
What Is A Peace Lilies Flowering Time?
A peace lily’s flowering time will start after it’s a year old, but if the conditions aren’t right, then your peace lily may never flower. And if you’re expecting your plant to be mature when you buy it, this isn’t the case. Commercial growers use gibberellic acid to induce early flowering, but when you grow them in your own home, once they lose this flower, they won’t grow another one until they’ve reached full maturity.
How To Ensure Your Peace Lilies Flower Lasts As Long As Possible?
If you’re lucky enough to currently experience your peace lilies flowering, then you’re going to want to keep the flowers around for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure they last for months!
Make Sure They’re Getting The Correct Amount Of Sunlight
You’ve probably heard this time and time again by now, but making sure your peace lily gets enough sunlight is keep to keeping the flowers around. When deciding where you should place your peace lily, a good way to check is to place your hand in front of sunlight.
If you notice that your shadow is slightly blurry around the edges but still quite dark in the middle. This will make a great spot for your peace lily. If your shadow is too opaque or not dark enough, then you’ll end up giving your peace lily too much or too little light.
Use The Correct Amount Of Water
You should also make sure you’re not overwatering or underwatering your peace lily. To be sure that they have enough water, place your finger into the soil. If you notice at the first knuckle the soil is moist, then you don’t need to worry about watering your plant. However, if you notice that it’s dry, then it’s time to water them again.
The Right Type Of Water
You’ll also need to use the right type of water to make sure your peace lily bloom lasts longer. Standard tap water is not going to be good for them unless it’s had 24 hours to sit. Otherwise, you can also try using rainwater as well.
Temperature And Humidity
Peace lilies grow in rainforests, so the temperature they thrive in is warm and humid. So make sure that you’re keeping your peace lily in temperatures between 68 and 85°F. You should also try misting your peace lilies or using a humidifier to make sure their environment is humid enough for them as well.
Be Cautious With Fertilizers
You should also be cautious about fertilizing your peace lily as well especially if it’s already bloomed. Too much nutrients can actually cause nutrient burn, which will ruin your peace lily’s flower.
And peace lilies are notoriously known for not requiring fertilizer. If you are going to fertilize your peace lily, make sure you’re watering it down and only using it in the warmer months.
Here are some frequently asked questions people have surrounding how long a peace lilies flower lasts!
How Do Commercial Gardeners Increase The Amount Of Flowers On Peace Lilies?
Commerical gardeners use gibberellic acid to induce flowering in peace lilies. It is essentially a steroid for plants but needs to be administered by someone with a lot of experience. Without the right experience, you’ll often end up just killing your plant.
Why Should You Cut The Stalk Off A Dead Bloom?
The main reason you cut the stalk off a dead bloom is to make sure nutrients aren’t wasted being sent there. On top of this, the stalk will still turn yellow or brown once the flower has died.
Do Peace Lilies Bloom All Year?
While it’s more common for peace lilies to bloom during the summer months, they can bloom all year round when the right conditions are met. However, this can be difficult to achieve.
What Months Do Peace Lilies Bloom?
Peace lilies bloom during the spring and early summer. So you can expect flowers during these months if your peace lily has reached maturity!
Now you know that peace lily flowers only tend to last 1-2 months, although it is possible for them to last longer. On top of this, there are also plenty of things you can do to ensure that the flowers last as long as possible such as watering them properly, making sure they get the right amount of sunlight, and ensuring the temperature and humidity are perfect!
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2 thoughts on “How Long Do Peace Lily Flowers Last (5 Tips For Longevity)”
Is the lily capable of detoxifying all year, or only when in bloom? Thank you for your information on here. Very useful.
Hey Eric, it’s the leaves of the peace lily which purify the air, not the bloom itself, so it will purify the air all year round!