Peace Lily - Natural Air Cleanser

After my sister-in-laws family went back to our home country, my mother-in-law left some thriving peace lily which we gave as a present on her birthday but since she cannot take it with her, the plants are left under my care. I love plants, I always do eversince childhood, but I have doubts with the green thumb after some plant did not survive while under my supervision.

I have three pots which are currently recovering from sun burns beacuse I left them at the terrace in direct sunlight, did not know it was not good for them and I guess the sun and heat here is more than plants and people can handle. I felt bad  for taking little care of the peace lily so I put them indoors although I have doubts that they will thrive. I am afraid that this is another story of a houseplant that won't survive like the beautiful anthurium I got from Ace Hardware in twenty-O-nine, well it is still alive but in a very bad condition don't really know if it will still grow, after its red heart shaped flower dried up, it did not bloom new ones anymore.

I promised that the peace lilies shall recover, become healthy again and flower. One of the pot has recovered and has beautiful green healthy leaves, two more to go. I placed it near the window in my bed room where there is enough light and heat, water it once a week. The second pot is on its way to recovery but the other one is still outside the door because I don't have space for two pots on top of my dresser. The first is now making my room looked eco-friendly, I placed it next to the window where it can be exposed to more natural day light.

I made a research about peace lilies and discovered that spathyphillum are natural air cleansers, it purifies the air of many environment contaminants such as methyl, acetone, toluene, benzene and ammonia. . It cleans the air within 10 m²/plant. The more these plants grow and thrive, the more clean air we will breathe at home. I am waiting for a bloom and I hope soon, when that happens I will share a photo here at MYB. Wish me luck :)

Do you have house plants too? How do you care for them?

Update: 27/06/2011 for the benefit of the followers and readers of MYB here is the photo of my peace lily still sans the flower

my peace lily (spathyphyllum)

A very healthy peace lily with flowers

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Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. hi carla! thank you for this post, my mood and day lightened up.
    we're moving in to another appartment to rent on july 1st, and we're surely bring in some greens too! sana lang may green thumb din ako like you.

    ps : sana may photo ng lily, i dont have any idea how it looks like :(

  2. docgelo, nilagyan ko na ng photo para readers will have the idea how it looks like. I saw the photos of your new appartment and I am sure that it will look nice and relax with house plants

  3. i'm not sure what plants i have. donated lang kasi lahat. :P but i want a peace lily din. mainly because of the movie Hot Fuzz. :D

  4. hello. im interested of having a plant in my apartment and i seemed to like peace lily. may i know kung saan pwede makakuha ng peace lily or panu ito itamnim. thanks

  5. hi anonymous: if you are from Dubai, you can get piece lilies from Ace Hardware-garden section, from Ikea-garden section and guess it might be available in your local garden center too. I bought mine already planted, I just transfered it to a bigger pot so the roots will have more space for growth.

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