If you have a peace lily, then you want to make sure that you are giving it the right amount of water. This can be tricky because not all plants need the same amount of water. In this blog post, we will discuss how much water a peace lily needs and how to give it the right amount of H2O!
How Much Water Does a Peace Lily Need?
Peace lily plants should be watered every week with enough water to saturate the soil and reach the roots. While once a week is a general recommendation, it’s a good idea to only add more water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
You can test the soil by sticking your finger about an inch deep into the pot. If it feels dry, then it’s time to water the plant.
If you live in a humid climate or keep your peace lily in a bathroom with high humidity, you may not need to water as often because the air will help keep the soil moist.
What Type of Water Should I Give My Peace Lily?
It’s best to give water that doesn’t contain any chemicals, such as fluoride or chlorine, as these can damage the plant’s leaves over time. As such, filtered water is ideal, but you can also let the water sit for 24 hours to allow the chemicals to evaporate.
Can I Give Tap Water to My Peace Lily?
You can, but it’s not ideal. As we mentioned, tap water usually contains chemicals that can be harmful to peace lily plants.
If you can’t use filtered water, then we recommend letting the water sit for 24 hours before giving it to your plant. This will allow some of the chemicals to evaporate, making it safer for your peace lily.
Can I Use Cold Water on My Peace Lily?
Coldwater is not recommended to give your peace lily as it can shock the plant. Instead, use water that is room temperature or slightly warm. This is especially important to consider during the winter months when the water is cold, but the room temperature is usually hot from central heating.
Can I Use Warm Water on My Peace Lily?
Yes, you can use warm water on your peace lily. In fact, many people find that their plants prefer it! Just make sure the water isn’t too hot, as this can also shock the plant just like cold water would.
Can I Use Distilled Water on My Peace Lily?
Yes, you can use distilled water on your peace lily. Just like filtered water, this is a great option because it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. However, it also doesn’t contain some helpful minerals that can be found in tap water, so we recommend using filtered water if possible.
What Happens if I Overwater My Peace Lily?
Overwatering a peace lily can lead to a number of problems, including root rot, yellow leaves, and stunted growth. If you think you have overwatered your plant, then the best course of action is to stop watering it for a week or two and see if the plant recovers.
If the plant doesn’t recover or continues to show signs of overwatering, then you may need to repot it in fresh, dry soil. Root rot is a serious issue that needs to be addressed asap.
Signs That Your Peace Lily Is Overwatered
- Droopy leaves
- Moldy surface soil
- Drenched soil
- Rotten roots that are black and smell
- Brown or yellow leaves
What Happens if I Underwater My Peace Lily?
Underwatering a peace lily can lead to dry leaves, wilting, and stunted growth. If you think you have underwater your plant, then the best course of action is to start watering it more often.
If the plant doesn’t recover or continues to show signs of underwatering, then you may need to give it a deep watering. This means leaving the plant submerged in a sink or tub of water for a few hours.
After you’ve given the plant a deep watering, be sure to empty out the drainage tray so that the plant isn’t sitting in water.
Signs That Your Peace Lily Is Underwatered
- Dry leaves
- Leaf color change at the edges
- Dry soil
- Leaf drop
Should I Water My Peace Lily Less in the Winter?
Yes, it’s generally a good idea to give less water when the plant is dormant during the winter months. This is because the plant won’t be growing as much and won’t need as much water to stay healthy.
If you’re not sure how often to water your peace lily during the winter, then we recommend starting with one every two weeks. You can increase or decrease the frequency as needed based on the plant’s appearance.
How Long Can A Peace Lily Go Without Water?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including the size of the plant, the type of soil it’s in, and the temperature of the room.
In general, however, most peace lilies can go for about a week without water before they start to show signs of stress. If you’re going on vacation or otherwise away from home, then we recommend asking a friend or neighbor to water your plant for you.
In conclusion, it’s important to water your peace lily regularly but not too much. The best way to determine how often to water is to check the soil before each watering. If the soil is dry, then it’s time to give the plant a drink!
We hope you found this article helpful. Peace out! (Pun intended.)
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.