Peace lilies are one of the easiest house plant species to keep alive. That’s great news for new gardeners, and the sensation peace lily is no exception. This specific kind of peace lily is, by all means, absolutely “sensational.”
The sensation peace lily is the largest kind of Spathiphyllum. Also known as “Giant Peace Lily,” it’s known for those huge and deeply grooved leaves that reflect light in a breathtaking way. Having one of these plants at home makes it instantly feel like a jungle.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about sensation peace lilies, and how to care for them properly. So, keep scrolling.
About Sensation Peace Lily
The sensation peace lily is one of the most popular indoor plants. That’s because of how gorgeous it looks, and how beautiful its white flowers grow out to be. It’s definitely an eye-catching piece to add to your house’s interior.
Originally, this plant comes from southeast Asia. However, it has spread all over the world, gaining huge fame among large houseplant species. Not only does the sensation peace lily look exquisite, but it’s also considered an air-purifying plant.
A peace lily loves its water, and it’s pretty easy to spot when it needs some. Being such a drama queen plant, those giant leaves droop whenever the plant is thirsty. Once you water it, it recovers as if nothing has happened.
Either Way, you should water your sensation peace lily whenever the top of the soil slightly dries out. You can check for that by dipping your finger into the soil. Overall, in low light conditions, your plant would need watering once a week.
On the other hand, if your sensation peace lily is placed near a bright window, it may end up being thirsty more frequently. In that case, watering it twice a week would be perfect. So, it all depends on the plant’s placement, and how much sunlight it’s exposed to.
Finally, you should know that this plant needs less watering during the cold months, as it goes semi-dormant. In addition, try to ensure adequate drainage.
Sensation peace lilies can tolerate low light, however, this causes them to grow slower than usual. Typically, they thrive in medium to bright areas. In general, avoid placing your peace lily under direct sunlight.
Long periods of direct sunlight exposure may burn its beautiful leaves, causing them to become pale, brown, and frail at the tips.
So, the best place to put your peace lily is next to an east, west, or south-facing window. Preferably, a few feet away from it, especially if the light isn’t filtered out by a curtain or something like that. By arranging this setting, your peace lily grows faster and blooms easier.
This marvelous plant likes moisture, therefore, it thrives in areas with high humidity. Make sure to mist its leaves regularly, or place it in a room that witnesses humid conditions, like the bathroom for instance.
That said, peace lilies do just fine in areas with average moisture levels. Consequently, it’s not an absolute must to raise their surrounding degree of humidity. However, if you live in a dry region, you might need to consider getting a humidifier.
Sensation peace lilies are known to handle cold weather at a temperature as low as 53° F. That said, they prefer the average indoor temperatures, which fall between 64 and 85° F.
This species of peace lily is called “giant” for a reason. Unlike average peace lilies, sensation peace lilies grow up to be 5–6 ft. Sometimes it even reaches 6.5 ft. Generally, the plant’s growth rate depends on its location, current weather, and time of the year.
Sensation peace lilies don’t need frequent fertilization to keep their fascinating looks. As long as you move the plant to a bigger pot with new soil once every year or two, it will do just fine with the new soil’s nutrients.
The fresh soil provides your peace lily with the micro as well as macronutrients it needs to grow and bloom. To speed up the growth, you can always use fertilizers during its growing season, which lasts from spring to summer.
That said, be careful not to over-fertilize the plant as this may lead to it turning brown.
Technically, sensation peace lilies aren’t poisonous, but it’s better to keep your pets and children away from them. That’s because the plant contains a compound that can be irritating to them. Therefore it’s considered mildly toxic.
Though the leaves are safe to the touch, ingesting, chewing on, or nibbling on them can cause tingling in the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. In more severe cases, it can cause swelling and upset digestion.
Even pollen from the spadix can have the same oral effects for pets if licked off their paws. In addition, some sensitive individuals may even develop contact dermatitis.
Can You Use Tap Water for Sensation Peace Lilies?
Unfortunately, tap water isn’t the ideal source of nutrients for a sensation peace lily, as the plant is more sensitive to it than many other plants. If it’s a must, boil the tap water for ten minutes and leave it to cool down before using it, or leave it out overnight.
Tap water contains chlorine and fluoride, which can be harmful to peace lilies. So, it’s better to avoid watering your cherished plant using tap water altogether.
Common Sensation Peace Lily Problems and How To Solve Them
Although this plant is easy to care for, there are some issues that happen more often and can be annoying for some. Here are three of the most common sensation peace lily problems:
1. It Isn’t Growing
Noticing that your sensation peace lily isn’t growing when it’s already the growing season (spring to summer), is quite frustrating. That’s because all the conditions are all perfect. That means it’s time to check for a few issues by:
- Making sure those leaves aren’t accumulating dust by wiping them regularly with a soft damp cloth.
- Checking for their roots, as the plant might be root bound. When this happens, it usually means that it’s overdue for a repot.
- Ensuring that the plant isn’t over-fertilized, and you might need to consider switching to an NPK fertilizer.
2. It Isn’t Blooming
This happens more commonly than you think. It’s usually one of two issues, either your peace lily isn’t getting enough light, or it’s not getting enough phosphorus. As mentioned before, peace lilies love light. So, consider moving your flowerless plant to a brighter area.
If the position of your plant is just fine, address the lack of phosphorus issue. Provide your peace lily with an NPK fertilizer, as it contains the needed nutrients for the plant’s leaves, roots, and flowers.
3. The Leaves Turning Yellow
Normally, older leaves tend to wither and turn yellow, especially the ones facing the light source. That’s why, when you spot one or two of those yellowing leaves, it’s probably nothing to worry about, and it’s better to remove them.
The other cause might be overwatering. That’s when you notice larger parts of the plant turning yellow. To fix that, let the top inch of the soil dry out before rewatering your peace lily.
The sensation peace lily is a rare and marvelous species of Spathiphyllum. Not only does it produce a divine, white flower, but it also gives a mesmerizing effect when the light hits its ridged, glossy leaves.
Don’t let the issues mentioned above scare you into thinking that it’s a high-maintenance kind of plant. Contrarily, it’s really one of the easiest kinds to take care of. It withstands low light and cold weather. So, you won’t need to make any adjustments to your current space.
Caring for your plant collection is like caring for your children. Seeing them all big and strong is definitely worthwhile.
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