Simple and quick peace lily job to help it ‘flower well and keep its bloom for longer’

Peace lilies, also known as spathiphyllum wallisii, are one of the most popular and easygoing houseplants, according to Arty Speroni, assistant brand manager, of Westland Horticulture.

The expert said: “This clump-forming plant with handsome, lance-shaped green leaves is famed for its long-lasting white, arum-lily-like flowers, which are held on stems above the foliage through summer.”

For a peace lily to “flower well”, owners must feed the houseplant regularly, according to the expert.

This is particularly important in the peak growing season between March and October, feeding it every two weeks.

The expert noted: “Use a balanced houseplant fertiliser, such as our Westland Houseplant Feed Concentrate, which features nitrogen for rich, green foliage and potash that encourages plants to bloom and keep its bloom for longer.

“If you’re prone to forgetting to feed, which most of us are, a droplet feeder, offers the ultimate convenience. Westland’s Droplet Feeder delivers a ready-to-use feed that nourishes plants for four weeks.”

Other brands of plant food are available in garden centres as well as online.

Location is also important for peace lilies, they like a bright location near a window, but out of direct sun, and try to maintain a temperature of above 15C in winter.”

They may also need watering more during the winter months as heating can dry out the plant much quicker.

The expert explained: “Peace lilies really dislike drying out, so keep them moist, and stand on a pebble tray to prevent them from becoming too waterlogged.

“You’ll soon know if your peace lily needs watering as it will droop quite dramatically, but a good soaking will liven it back up.

“Hydroleca clay granules are great for absorbing water and slowly releasing it, so they can be used at the bottom of your houseplant pots, and they also create a beneficial microclimate around plants, helping to keep them healthy.”

Signs that a peace lily is struggling include yellow foliage and excess leaf loss as well as sluggish growth and poor flowering.

There are many reasons for this but check if the houseplant needs repotting.

The expert continued: “Compost can become depleted of nutrients over the years and stressed plants are more prone to aphid infestations.

“Indoor plans should be potted in fresh, peat-free compost every two to three years and spring is the best time to settle a houseplant into a new pot.

“Choose a container that’s only slightly bigger than the current one, around three to five centimetres larger in diameter.

“A pot with plenty of drainage holes is essential, to reduce the risk of overwatering.

“To help ease plants from their old pots and minimise damage to roots, water plants a day before repotting. To remove the old pot, hold the plant by placing your fingers over the surface of the compost at the base of the plant, turn it on its side and gently ease the root ball from the pot.”

Fill the base of the new hot with some houseplant compost and then fill the gaps with some new potting mix, firming it in and watering it well.

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