Watering is one of the most important components of gardening. This is because all plants need water to survive and so do peace lily plants. It’s just not enough knowing how to water peace lily.
Therefore, knowing how often you should water peace lily is essential. Nevertheless, watering peace lily can be dicey because its watering needs are dependent on environmental conditions.
Generally, you should water Peace Lily at least once a week, especially in humid areas. If, however, you reside in a dry climate, you should water daily. Notwithstanding, you should be careful not to become overzealous and water excessively.
How Often Should I Water my Peace Lily Indoors?
If you are growing your peace lily indoors, you need to meet the wagering conditions of its natural habitat as much as possible. I’ll advise you to keep your plants in soil that is slightly damp at all times.
It also prefers a humid environment, and clean, freshwater should be made available for these plants to access at all times.
Watering one time each week meets the water needs for an indoor peace lily plant to prevent root rot and drooping. However, depending on your climate, you could water your peace lily every other day. This is especially true if you stay in a humid home. You may just need to water it a lot at once.
If your climate is very dry, they are prone to wilting because of the drier air that dehydrates them faster. Therefore, you should aim to water it every day. However, you should allow it to dry out completely.
You should also moist the leaves with water once weekly to create a semi-humid climate where it naturally thrives. The moistening of the leaves increases the humidity, which prevents the leaves from drying out by reducing water loss by evaporation.
The peace lily plant always starts to droop when it needs water, making it an important tell-tale sign for you to water. There, you should pay close attention to the plant. When it begins to sag, you should plan to rehydrate it before the worst happens.
Furthermore, if you are the busy type and won’t always be available to water it, you can water about one time every week. Try to sprinkle water on the leaves as well all through the summer. If, by chance, your peace lily becomes droopy, don’t fret too much. Water it well, sprinkling the leaves with water and giving it a chance to rebloom.
It’s also important to stick with your watering schedule because your plant will adjust to it after some time. So, if you change it suddenly, the peace lily may become droopy, but it will revert to its bloomy self when watering is restored. You should avoid stressing the plant by preventing this from occurring regularly.
You should be careful not to overwater your plant during each watering session. This is because peace lily roots are susceptible to rotting. That’s why, it is pertinent to ensure that the plant is grown in well-drained soil, and the container should drain well.
When this happens, the leaves begin to turn yellow in response to too much water or when the roots are submerged in stagnant water.
I recommend using a soil mix comprising half of the potting mix in addition to half of orchid soil. This mixture ensures that the growing medium is porous and drains very fast, creating a damp environment with air pockets for the roots.
In addition, you should always examine the moisture content of your soil with your fingers before watering. You should also do this daily to become conversant with the pattern of your potting soil for the peace lily plant.
Also, the plant should be allowed to dry out completely between each watering session. Therefore, I advise that you select a container with draining channels and keep the container on a saucer so the water can drain into the saucer.
Should your peace lily plant start to wilt, you should check out the roots and ensure they are light-colored, firm, and not soggy. Should they be, overwatering could be the most likely cause, or the potting soil is not draining well.
How Often to Water Peace Lily in Winter?
Unlike many other plants that go dormant during the winter, peace lily does not. They grow actively all year long. Growth, however, reduces because of the reduction in the hours of light it is exposed to and the intensity. Peace lily needs bright indirect light.
Therefore, this reduces the water demands of the plant because of the reduction in growth. In addition, water loss by evaporation from the leaves is reduced tremendously because of the cooler temperatures.
Therefore, during the winter, you should water your peace lily plant after every fortnight. However, if your peace lily plant is indoors, you may need to water it more often. This is because the indoor temperature can vary a lot during the winter months.
More so, the unnatural sources of heat can dry out the plant much faster than usual. So, you should water the plant more often. In addition, moisten the leaves to antagonize the drying effects of the indoor heat from radiators, forced air, and the indoor fireplace.
To serve as a guide, you should feel the upper 2.5cm of the potting soil to examine the moisture content. If it is dry, you should water the plant so that it doesn’t begin to droop and change color.
How do I Know When my Peace Lily Needs Water?
Knowing when your peace lily needs water is very easy. You should water it when the upper half of your potting soil is dry. This should be before dropping off the leaves.
To do this, you insert your finger, preferably your index finger, into the upper 2.5 cm of the potting mix. If the soil in the potting mix is moist to the lowermost knuckle, but the soil surface is dry, then you don’t need to bother watering it.
The soil still has some moisture in it, and watering may result in root rooting. If, however, the upper 2.5 cm of the soil is dry and the soil surface is dry, you should go ahead and water your peace lily.
Another option is the water or a moisture meter. If you are technology-driven or inclined, you may opt for the water meter technique. It is, however, more expensive.
Additionally, the peace lily plant is very expressive outwardly when it’s dehydrated and needs water. At this point, the leaves start to droop and become saggy. The color of the leaves’ edges may also change to brown.
You should not allow it to get to this point. Even though it is hardy and can tolerate dehydration for a while, getting droopy takes a lot of toll on the plant.
How Much Water Does a Peace Lily Need?
It’s important to know when and how to water your plant and how much water it needs. You should be generous with the watering so that the excess drains out of the base of the container. By doing this, you’re sure that the water has infiltrated every nook and cranny of the soil and that the soil is thoroughly soaked.
I recommend that you place your peace lily plant in the sink. Then you slowly pour water onto the soil until the water begins to drip from the underside of the pot. You should ensure that the plant drains very well and take it back to the draining saucer.
Giving your peace lily a generous watering encourages root development. If your watering is too light, only the upper 2.5 cm is moistened. The remaining potting soil is dry, and the plant is still dehydrated, which will still cause drooping.
Under no circumstances should you allow your plant to stay in the water. This is to avoid the rotting of the roots that cause plants to die. It’s better for your plants to have too little water than too much water.
Your peace lily roots need oxygen as much as they need water. Too much water will suffocate the roots leading to the phenomenon of root rot. Your peace lily can stand a good deal of inattention. However, allowing the soil to become excessively dry may lead to a droopy sad plant.
Whenever it becomes like that, you should water it as soon as possible, and it will bounce back. You can make use of tap water to water your peace lily plants.
During watering, if water passes straight through the potting soil mix, it means the plant’s roots are root bound badly. In that case, you should re-pot the peace lily plant as soon as possible using a bigger container.
However, you should not allow the plant to become exposed to fluoride, chloride, and other harmful chemicals. If your water contains too much fluoride and chlorine, you shouldn’t go ahead and use the water because peace lilies are quite sensitive to them.
They can cause the leaves to turn brown, especially chlorine. To mitigate this, you can either filter the water or let the water stand overnight before you water the peace lily plant.
In addition, you should not forget to water your peace lily for extended periods. If you do, the leaves’ edges will turn yellow. If this is the case, you should water it well and then cut out the yellowing foliage.
Every plant needs water to grow. This is the same with peace lily. Even though its watering requirements vary with environmental conditions like humidity, you should water it at least once a week.
Should you fail to do so, it’s quite easy to tell when it is dehydrated. It’ll start drooping its leaves, and at this point, you should do well to water it.