Plant Care Guide: Spathiphyllum 'Sensation' (Peace Lily)

Plant Care Guide: Spathiphyllum 'Sensation' (Peace Lily)

Peace Lily Overview:

The Peace lily, Spathiphyllum is a popular choice as an indoor plant. Not only does it have glossy, green leaves, but striking white spathes that resemble flowers. This particular variety of peace lily is a cultivar, the ‘Sensation’ is known for being the largest leaved member of the spathiphyllum family with deep ribs formed in the leaves creating a sculptural quality. The peace lily is also known for air purification by removing VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air inside the home.

How to Care for a Peace Lily:

Light Requirements:

Peace lilies prefer bright, indirect light, place your peace lily in a position where it can access filtered sunlight. Keep away from direct sunlight as this will scorch the leaves. While peace lilies can thrive in lower light, their growth and flowering may be affected. If you’re more interested in foliage, this can be a great option for a low-light area.


When it comes to the peace lily, they can be rather dramatic when they are thirsty, with all their leaves suddenly drooping. To avoid this happening a regular watering schedule is needed. Water the plant when the top two inches of soil feel dry to the touch.


Peace lilies thrive in high-humidity environments. Mist around the leaves occasionally or place a tray of pebbles with water beneath the plant to increase humidity levels. Be mindful of drafts and avoid placing your peace lily near air-conditioning vents or heaters, as these can cause dryness.


Peace lilies prefer temperatures between 18°C - 27°C. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperature fluctuations or cold drafts.


Feed your peace lily every 6-8 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the instructions on the fertiliser packaging for proper application. We sell an organic pure seaweed extract that when diluted is a great feed for plants including Spathiphyllum.

How to Repot a Peace Lily:

When to Repot:

Peace lilies generally need repotting every 1-2 years, or when their roots become crowded and start circling the base of the pot, or growing out of the drainage holes. Spring is the best time to repot, as the plant is actively growing, try to avoid repotting plants in winter.

Selecting the Right Pot:

Choose a pot that is one or two sizes larger (this refers to the diameter of the plant pot, normally measured in centimetres, the pot size would therefore be around 1-2 cm wider) than the current one, ensuring it has drainage holes at the bottom. This allows excess water to escape, preventing waterlogged soil. You can always place your nursery pot in a decorative pot if you want to retain drainage but hide the plastic.

Repotting Process:

Carefully remove the peace lily from its current pot, gently loosening the root ball. Place it in the new pot and add fresh, well-draining potting mix around the roots. Gently press the soil to ensure the roots are bedded in. Avoid pressing too hard on the soil as this can cause it to compact. Water the plant thoroughly after repotting.

How to Propagate a Peace Lily:

Division Method:

To propagate your peace lily, divide it during repotting. Carefully separate the plant into smaller clumps, ensuring each division has roots and a few leaves. Plant these divisions in separate pots with fresh potting mix. Provide the same care as you would for a mature peace lily.

Water Propagation:

Another method is to propagate peace lilies in water. Select a healthy stem with a few leaves and place it in a water-filled jar. Keep it in a bright location, changing the water regularly. Once roots develop, transfer the cutting to a pot with soil.

Remember, patience is key when propagating peace lilies. It may take some time for new growth to appear.

Extra Peace Lily Care Tips & FAQs:

Best Soil for a Peace Lily:

Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix for your peace lily. The mix should retain moisture while allowing excess water to drain freely. Avoid heavy soils that can lead to waterlogging.

Type of Sunlight Peace Lilies Like:

Peace lilies prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate lower light conditions, but their growth and flowering may be reduced. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

Are Peace Lilies Poisonous?

Yes, peace lilies are toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Keep them out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental consumption. If ingested, seek medical attention immediately.

Why Is My Peace Lily Not Flowering?

A lack of flowering in peace lilies can be due to insufficient light, improper watering, or inadequate fertilization. Ensure your plant receives bright, indirect light, water it appropriately, and provide regular fertilization during the growing season.

How to Get a Peace Lily to Flower:

To encourage flowering in your peace lily, ensure it receives adequate indirect light. Maintain a consistent watering schedule, allowing the top inch of soil to dry between waterings. Additionally, feed your plant with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to provide the necessary nutrients.

Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?

Drooping peace lily leaves are often a sign of underwatering or overwatering. Check the moisture level in the soil and adjust your watering routine accordingly. Ensure the pot has proper drainage and that you are not letting the plant sit in water for extended periods.

How Do You Revive a Droopy Peace Lily?

If your peace lily is drooping due to underwatering, water it thoroughly and ensure the soil is moist. If overwatering is the issue, allow the plant to dry out slightly before watering again. Trimming any severely wilted leaves can also help the plant recover.

How to Care for a Peace Lily That Is Dying:

If your peace lily is in a severe state of decline, evaluate its care conditions. Check for signs of pests, adjust lighting conditions, review watering practices, and ensure proper humidity levels. Consider repotting if necessary and trim any dead or damaged foliage. If the plant doesn't show signs of improvement, it may be irreversibly damaged.

Why Are My Peace Lily Leaves Turning Yellow?

Yellowing leaves in peace lilies can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, excessive direct sunlight, or nutrient deficiencies. Evaluate your watering routine, adjust light exposure, and ensure the plant is adequately fertilized. Trim any yellow leaves to maintain plant aesthetics and redirect resources to healthier growth.

How to Treat Yellow Leaves on a Peace Lily:

To treat yellow leaves, review your watering practices and ensure you are not overwatering or underwatering. Adjust the light exposure, moving the plant to a location with filtered sunlight. Regularly fertilize with a balanced fertilizer to ensure the plant receives essential nutrients.

Why Are My Peace Lily Leaves Turning Brown?

Browning leaf tips in peace lilies are typically caused by dry air, direct sunlight, or improper watering. Increase humidity levels by misting the leaves or using a humidifier. Move the plant to a spot with indirect light. Adjust your watering routine, ensuring the plant is neither overwatered nor underwatered.

How to Treat Brown Tips on Peace Lily:

To treat brown tips, increase humidity levels around the plant by misting or using a humidifier. Ensure the plant is not exposed to direct sunlight, as this can cause leaf scorching. Adjust watering practices, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Trimming brown tips can also improve the plant's appearance.