How to Care for a Peace Lily | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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Allen shows you how to keep your peace lilies happy, with tips on lighting needs and watering. He also reveals why he considers these flowers to be great air purifiers.

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Practical tips for style, comfort and sustainable living from designer and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith. Allen dissects style and function to reveal the tips that will take your home and garden to the next level.

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P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer and lifestyle expert and host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens. Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues. He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room and P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. Allen is also very active on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Allen’s Blog and YouTube as well as on the new eHow Home channel debuting January, 2012. His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines. Learn more at


41 Replies to “How to Care for a Peace Lily | At Home With P. Allen Smith”

  1. im looking at getting one of these for natural filtration in a rear sump nano aquarium. its going to be over watered 24/7 but i guess a constant flow of water around the roots is better than still water in a pot.

  2. i think the leaves look so dark and pretty. i love how the leaves are so elongated. looks very elegant and the white flowers are a nice bonus. also they are easy to take care of and are good for cleaning the air.

  3. I live in Iowa and just bought one of these plants that shipped from California. It was pretty close to 0 degrees F when the plant was shipped and delivered. 3 of the leaves are drooping and darker than the others. I don't want to over water the plant. Are those leaves just a loss due to the weather conditions the plant was in? I'm an idiot when it comes to things like this. Any advice from anyone please.

  4. Love, Love, Love your care in your explanation. Thank YOU. We just received one of these lovely plants, and I was so terrified about dishonoring it. I shall now await it's slightly droopy leaves to provide water. How much water when I do water it? Do you know anything about orchids? We also received a plant with 9 flowers and one awaiting it's opening? Yikes! This is scarier than the lily. Blessings abound, and thank YOU again for your great, great, great explanation. Thanks for the info on the air purification. Definitely needed to know this. Ok, I'm trying to go. I'm just soooo appreciative.

  5. Where was the care instructions? when to water, what do yellow leaves mean? what about when the tips get brown? more care, less description of the plant, we already know what it looks like.

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