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How Much & How Often to Water Peace Lilies? Signs, Facts, & FAQ

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The Peace Lily is an attractive plant that many people grow indoors. While it’s relatively easy to grow, many people are unsure how often to water it for the best results. While most experts recommend watering this plant about once a month, there are many factors to consider, so keep reading as we take a closer look at these popular plants to help you find the answers that you need.

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How Often Do I Water My Peace Lily?

You will usually water your peace lily about once per week. Give it a good soaking in a pot with plenty of drain holes, then give it time to dry out. You may need to water your Peace Lily more frequently during the hot summer months and less frequently during the winter season.

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How Do I Know If My Peace Lily Is Getting the Right Amount of Water?


  • One sure sign that your Peace Lily needs more water is if it has droopy leaves.
  • If the leaves on your Peace Lily are crispy and brown, it likely needs more water
  • If the leaves are dripping but turning yellow, there’s a good chance that you’re overwatering, especially if the soil is wet.

Do Peace Lilies Like Water on Their Leaves?

Peace Lilies don’t like when you drench their leaves in water but do enjoy a light misting between waterings. A spray bottle can help keep the water light, and you will want to mist it more often in the summer and less frequently during the winter.

Checking the Soil for Moisture

An easy way to tell if your Peace Lily needs watering is to put your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle. If you feel any moisture at this depth, it’s not yet time to water your peace lily.

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Other Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you want to use tap water to water your Peace Lily, store the water that you want to use in a gallon jug for a day or two before pouring it into the soil. This will allow time for the chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals to dissipate. If the water has a large amount of chlorine, it might be necessary to switch to filtered water instead, as it can slow the growth of your plant. A water test strip is a great way to check how much chlorine is in the water.
  • Not watering your Peace Lily enough can result in yellow edges on the leaves. If you notice this yellow coloring, you will need to trim it away to help get the plant back on track.
  • Remaining consistent with your watering schedule is one of the best ways to grow a healthy plant.
  • Use a diluted water-soluble fertilizer from spring until fall.
  • Peace Lilies are native to warm tropical rainforests, so adding a humidifier to increase the humidity in your home can help mimic its natural environment.
  • Overwatering your Peace Lily can cause the roots to rot.
  • Writing down your watering schedule will help you keep track of what you are doing so you can create a system that works. It will also enable you to identify problems and changes quickly so you can make adjustments.

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You should water your Peace Lily about once per week, doing so a little more in the summer and less in the winter. A pot with plenty of drainage holes filled with well-draining soil enables you to give the plant a good soaking before it dries out, to prevent root rot. Lightly wetting the leaves with a spray bottle between waterings will help keep the plant hydrated, and fertilizer will help speed growth.

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