Meet The Family: Peace Lily – A Stunning Starter Plant

Like many plant parents I don’t like to pick favourites, but my Peace Lily is one of my favourite plants. As she was my second plant I have a special place for her in my heart. She has honestly brought so much happiness to our apartment and to my life.

If you follow New Day New Growth you’ve met most of the members of my plant family. With each post I will attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

In November 2019 I started doing research to determine which plants are best for our apartment and easy enough for a first time plant parent to care for. I decided on either a Snake Plant (Sansevieria) or a Peace Lily as they proved to be hard to kill and excellent for air purification.

I don’t like to pick favourites, but my Peace Lily is one of my favourite plants. As she was my second plant I have a special place for her in my heart. She has honestly brought so much happiness to our apartment and to my life.

So that weekend we drove to Youghal in Cork for the opening of Jysk’s store. On the way back home I saw a sign for Carewswood Garden Centre and Cafe. I knew I had to go in and I was not disappointed. They honestly have one of the nicest shops and cafes and deserve their own appreciation post. If you are ever in the area please do stop by, you won’t be disappointed. Walking through their indoor plant selection I eyed this gorgeous Peace Lily in a grey and white pot with wooden legs. I knew I wanted to purchase her but I was still a bit hesitant committing to her would mean that I would have to care for her and I wasn’t sure if I was ready. It can be daunting as a new plant parent with black thumbs.

While we were enjoying our coffee and cake I made up my mind. I needed a hobby or something in my life that added meaning to my existence and that I could commit to (apart from you know marriage and immigration). I convinced myself to take the plunge and with this Peace Lily my plant parent journey started.

Now about her care. I repotted her into a new pot, but still left her a bit root bound as they seem to like that. As I got her in winter she lost all her blooms within the first few weeks, but I read that is normal so I wasn’t worried. Apart from that nothing much happened with her for a few weeks as it was winter. I didn’t water her a lot as the soil wasn’t drying out due to the Irish winter weather (this issue also warrants its own post). She dried out once because I forgot to water her and she just dropped to the floor like a real drama queen. So they do tell you what they need which helps a lot if you are new to plant care. I moved her around a bit to find the right spot for her. The place she seems happiest is in my plant corner with fairly bright direct sun (erm Irish sun so not as bright as sunny countries).

As Spring approached she started pushing out a lot of new leaves, and she even started blooming again! She seems very happy and that makes me happy!

I can highly recommend a Peace Lily as a starter plant as they are easy to care for and super forgiving if you forget to water them. I won’t argue, they might seem a bit overrated as they are in almost every store, but you can learn a lot from caring for one. And I mean that foliage, come on!

Do you have a Peace Lily in your plant family? Let me know! I would love to hear about your experience or plant care tips.

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