The Serene Beauty of Peace Lily in Water


Spathiphyllum, also commonly referred to as Peace Lilies, is one of the most favored types of indoor plants because of its grace and unpretentiousness. Originally cultivated in soil, aquatics can also be used, which adds an interesting and visually pleasing element to the display of the green foliage and the white blossoms. The beauty of this method is that it emphasizes the beauty of the plant and makes it easier for those who may have difficulties with soil gardening.

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Understanding Peace Lily

The Peace Lilies are those plants that grow naturally in the tropical regions of the Americas and Southeast Asia. They have smooth dark green shiny leaves and white sheaths called spathes which are considered to be false flowers due to their structure. Every flower is very small and located on the surface of the spadix, which is enveloped by the spathe.

How To Grow Peace Lily In Water

Cultivating Peace Lily in a vase of water is a hydroponic process, and this has several advantages. This helps prevent overwatering, protects the plants from soil-borne pests and diseases, and gives the plants a clean neat look. If you are particularly interested in learning how to propagate Peace Lilies through water, then this is the perfect guide for you.

1. Selection and Preparation

Choosing the Plant:

Take a healthy specific Peace lily from a nursery or the available stock at home. Pay attention to colors, and choose plants with green leaves while leaving out the ones with brown or yellow accents.

Cleaning the Roots:

Take the plant out of the container very softly wash the roots and other part of the plant with water and rinse it. This can be done by rinsing the root ball in a bucket of lukewarm water and starting to rub off the soil from the root ball gently.

2. Setting Up the water vessel

Choosing the Container:

An ideal choice for the water container is a clear glass one as this way, you will be able to see the water level and root conditions. It is essential to select a container that will be capable of accommodating the plant and all the roots it will create.

Adding Support:

Put covering tiles or artificial stones or marbles at the bottom of the container. This assists the plant while at the same time giving the house an aspect of beauty.

3. Placing the Plant

Positioning the Roots:

Place the cleaned roots in the container but make sure they are immersed in water and the leaves float on the Surface of water. Tweak the stones or marbles to support the plant.

Filling with Water:

Pour distilled or filtered water into the container until the roots are submerged completely. Filter tap water if it contains chlorine which evaporates when the water is left overnight.

Maintenance and Care

Irrigation of a Peace Lily using water is easy, but the plant needs constant attention to certain elements.

1. Water Quality

Regular Water Changes:

It is advisable to change the water after two weeks since it stagnates and all nutrients are utilized. During the change, the container and roots should be rinsed to remove the accumulation of algae or any debris that may be present.

Water Level:

Water the plant regularly so that the roots are always immersed in water, but avoid overfilling the pot. Fill up the water as often as required before changing it.

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2. Light and Temperature

Light Requirements:

Peace Lilies are best placed in an area that receives bright, filtered light. High light intensity may burn the leaves while low light intensity may hinder the growth of the plant. Put the plant in a location that receives light from a northern or eastern exposure.


The optimal temperature range for these plants is between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 to 27 degrees Celsius. Do not put them in cold areas or near the heater or air conditioner.

3. Nutrient Supply


Like any other plant, Peace Lilies can survive for a long period without requiring to be fed, however, feed needs help to grow. This should be done every two months with a liquid fertilizer that is mixed in a solution strength appropriate for the houseplant. If the plant is underwatered it wilts and dies, and on the other extreme, if the plant is overwatered, it receives excess nutrition which leads to root burn and the yellowing of the leaves.

Root Health:

Find out if it is rotting because this is one of the conditions that may occur where water changes are not frequent. A good root is normally white and hard – it should be so hard when one is squeezing the roots with the hand when the roots are brown and soft or, worse, slimy, they are rotten.

Benefits of Growing Peace Lily in Water

Aesthetic Appeal

I have neatly arranged the containers in a clear glass pot with the roots exposed – this has a contemporary subtle look that matches most decorating styles for an up-to-date appeal. It also has the conveniences of being ornamented with colored stones, marble or even designed to look like an aquatic scene.

Simplified Maintenance

Hydroponics also entails no dirt; hence nothing like watering whereas as for pests, there will be relatively less as embraced by soil-cultivated plants. Another advantage of watering is that it also does not involve a lot of water changes, overturning of the soil, or repotting that confuses the plant care process.

Healthier Environment

It will be quite shocking but these classy flowers do great in removing stuffy air plus they make them part of the Peace Lilies team. It can remove the smell of lethal chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene among others hence being ideal for improving the quality of air inside the home.

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Common Issues and Solutions

1. Algae Growth


Algae is a potential problem if too much light gets to the container.


One can put the contents into an opaque jar or place a lid over the bottom portion of a clear glass to shield it from light. Water exchange also has the added advantage of regulating algae in the aquarium since algae require water for their growth.

2. Root Rot


Hatch disease or root rot is caused by water logging down or poor quality of water.


Fill it with water at least twice a week and wash the roots correctly. Cut out the infected roots using sterile scissors.

3. Leaf Browning


The browning at the tips of the leaves is most common due to low humidity, fluorides in water, and excessive application of fertilizer.


Add humidity by either spraying the leaves or using a humidifier in the specific plant area. Don’t use tap water or water that has chlorine and minerals and don’t fertilize too often.


It is a unique approach to growing this beautiful plant as the Peace Lilies in Water concept marries the plant’s natural grace with modern minimalist principles. When practicing the above steps regularly and with patience, you shall be able to appreciate the appearance and impacts of Peace Lilies in your apartment besides escaping the stress that comes with traditional soil gardening. Of course, few would be upset to have a Peace Lily in water sitting in their house if they are into plants or even have novice gardening experience.