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jtetra13
Dec 7, 2016 5:16 PM CST
Hi everyone, first post! I recently ordered a peace lily that will be in a 4 inch pot. I live in New York state so at this point the weather is very cold. I want to grow my peace lily to be as tall as possible. What is the best way to encourage the most growth? What sort of care should I provide? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Dec 8, 2016 7:53 AM CST
That's generally an easy plant. But 'as tall as possible' - all leaves come at the base of the plant, so it is only as tall as the largest happy leaves of the particular variety, and there are some very small and some very large, and in between.
Assuming you ordered a large one- regular watering, medium light keeping in mind that what you may think is medium light indoors in a New York residence is probably low light in a plant's eyes.
Regular watering means let it dry a bit between waterings. The soil does not have to be wet on top all the time. If the plant gets dry it will wilt, which will tell you to water. But best it you learn how long you can go between watering and avoid it getting dry enough to wilt.
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plantladylin
Dec 8, 2016 8:12 AM CST
Hi jtetra13, Welcome!

The height of Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) depend on which variety it is. For instance Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) can reach heights to about 4 feet or more whereas others may only grow 1 to 2 feet in height.

You can view photos and growing information for Peace Lilies here in our database: http://garden.org/plants/searc...
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jtetra13
Dec 8, 2016 9:33 AM CST
The one I ordered is coming in a 4 inch pot, so does that mean it will be of a smaller variety? The floral shop owner told me that if I want it to grow taller that I should move it into larger pots, in increments of 2 inches.
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tarev
Dec 8, 2016 10:34 AM CST
I don't really associate growing taller for a Peace Lily..it grows wider leaves and goes denser as it matures, provided you provide the ideal low light it likes and kept moist as needed. It is quite resilient though, has been making good recoveries of it after being kept too dry and almost dead. My plant has been in its same 8-inch container since 2011, and even if it had sufferred twice near death dry out, it has recovered with gentle watering. But I do intend to repot this Spring, need to add more soil, level is so low already.

It is rather different if grown in ground in its ideal weather of course, then it can grow as big as it likes.

Be patient with your plant, it will still adjust in your growing location. Especially this winter time, even indoors, plants slow down in growing. When Spring returns new growth vigor comes about.

This is how my plant looks like and the light source it gets: sorry for some dried out leaves..it suffered last summer while we were away, but it is recovering now.

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jtetra13
Dec 8, 2016 10:38 AM CST
Yours looks very nice! Mine will be about half that size then; will it eventually grow to the point where I need to re-pot it to a 6 inch pot?
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tarev
Dec 8, 2016 11:00 AM CST
I am sure it will! Just be very patient Smiling

There are other low light plants that grows tall and upright nicely, like ZZ plants, Dracaenas, Sansevierias, if you really want plants indoors that grow tall.

jtetra13
Dec 9, 2016 11:19 AM CST

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What do you think? It looks pretty healthy to me; it also looks like it has the potential to grow even more!


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tarev
Dec 9, 2016 11:29 AM CST
It is very pretty jetetra13! I would remove that plastic wrapping below and just put a saucer instead or maybe a slightly bigger cache pot.

It does seem it may still grow tall, just depends how much indirect light it reaches out for. But not as much I think, since it is in a container, and there is a limiting factor that comes to growing of a plant in a container vs. in ground growing. I would wait for Spring to do a repot. In the meantime, let the plant acclimate some more. You can put it in a bigger cache pot too, just to give your eyes an illusion it is in a slightly big container, but keep the main plant in that original container.

I often observe the plants in malls, they may have a wide container with seemingly happy plants that have spread out, but if you look closely, the individual plants are still in their smaller containers, and a mulch just covers them all to make it appear they have spread out. And typically there is a large overheard skylight where they are, so you can definitely see the plants stay upright and looks tall.

Acclimating the plant in one's growing area varies..cannot really say a definitive in one week it is okay. It will depend on how much/less light it gets, the ambient temps and watering it will receive.
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jtetra13
Dec 9, 2016 11:45 AM CST

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It looks like it's roots are very much spread through the soil! Doesn't this mean it needs to be re-pot into a 6 inch pot?

Also, the majority of my Windows in my home are North-Northeast facing. Will this be a problem for it to get adequate lighting since I'm in the midst of a New York winter?
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tarev
Dec 9, 2016 12:07 PM CST
It is a low light plant, so it should be okay. Just do not put too near the glass window, your glass will be cold. And avoid direct cold drafts.

You can definitely repot, it is just the timing or the season when you have to do it. That is why I keep on saying delay to mid Spring.


jtetra13
Dec 9, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Yes, thank you very much for the advice! I take it that re-potting in the winter is not a good idea?
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 9, 2016 12:30 PM CST
The plant looks to need a new pot. But don't go too big as it will concentrate on root growth instead of leaf growth that you want. Mine got to be about 2 ft tall in a 20" pot. But that took some time. In the mean time, why not look for a pedestal, like those white plaster ones you can buy at hobby/craft stores to raise up your pretty plant to the height you want it?
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tarev
Dec 9, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Hi jtetra13, in what I have observed, it seems more stressful for the plants to do any repot as winter approaches, have seen it in my plants both tropicals and non-tropicals. With the reduced natural light since I am dependent on it for my indoor plants, it adds additional stress on a new plant still trying to acclimate. I do not augment with any artificial light and temps going much cooler, tropicals hate being disturbed at that time. I may have heater in the house, but I don't go high, too expensive and to uncomfortable for me. It is a different thing if one has a greenhouse, then there is more control, but still dependent on how much you can sustain the light and heat as needed.

So if you can wait to Spring to repot, I think that will be most ideal, at least in my opinion. There is renewed vigor with the plants in Spring, when it is gradually warming up and natural light is getting longer.

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