Can Lilies Live Outside?
Can You Grow Peace Lilies Outdoors?
Peace lilies, also known as Spathiphyllum, are one of the most popular flowering plants for indoor container gardens and for good reason: they’re easy to care for and can flower several times throughout the year! But did you know that you can also grow peace lilies outdoors in USDA zones 10-12 if you provide them with the right care? This article will discuss the benefits of growing peace lilies outdoors and how to do it successfully!
What is a Peace Lily?
Peace lilies are part of the Araceae family and originate from tropical regions of Central America and Southeast Asia where they grow near streams, rivers, and wetlands in the wild. They are perennial evergreen plants that have long dark green leaves that can reach up to two feet in length when fully mature, as well as white cup-shaped spathes which produce white flowers in the springtime. The blooms may last for up to two months depending on their environment and care!
Growing Peace Lilies Indoors
When grown indoors, peace lilies prefer bright indirect light and should be kept away from direct sunlight which can cause their leaves to burn or turn yellow. They should be kept evenly moist but not soggy, water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry and use room temperature water whenever possible (cold water can shock the plant). Fertilize sparingly during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer, too much fertilizer can cause leaf burn or discoloration so it’s important to follow directions carefully!
Can You Grow Peace Lilies Outdoors?
Yes! You can grow peace lilies outdoors if you live in USDA zones 10-12 (which includes parts of Florida, California, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona and more). When growing peace lilies outdoors, it’s important to keep them in a spot where they will receive bright indirect light but will not be exposed to direct sunlight which can cause leaf burn or discoloration. It’s also important to keep your plants consistently moist but not soggy, too much water can cause root rot or other issues and too little water can cause wilting or browning leaves.
The Benefits of Growing Peace Lilies Outdoors
Growing peace lilies outdoors comes with several benefits including increased air circulation which helps reduce pests such as spider mites or mealybugs that could otherwise affect plants grown indoors, increased humidity levels which helps keep plants healthy, more consistent temperatures which allows plants to bloom more frequently, access to natural sunlight which encourages growth, increased exposure to beneficial insects such as pollinators that help promote growth and flowering, and better drainage due to soil type which prevents root rot or other issues caused by overwatering or poor drainage indoors.
Where To Plant A Peace Lily Outside
When choosing where to plant your peace lily outside, it’s important to choose an area that receives bright indirect light but is not exposed to direct sunlight that could cause leaf burn or discoloration. It’s also important to find an area with well-draining soil that is consistently slightly moist, soggy soil can lead to root rot so make sure there’s proper drainage!
If possible try planting your peace lily near a source of natural shade such as a tree or shrub as this will help protect it from too much direct sunlight while still allowing it access to beneficial insects like pollinators.
## How To Care For A Peace Lily Outside
Caring for a peace lily outside is much like caring for one indoors: keep it in an area with bright indirect light (but out of direct sun) and make sure its soil is consistently slightly moist but not soggy (water thoroughly when needed). Fertilize sparingly during the growing season using a balanced liquid fertilizer following directions carefully so you don’t overdo it (too much fertilizer can lead to leaf burn or discoloration). It’s also important to watch out for pests such as spider mites or mealybugs that may affect outdoor plants more than indoor ones due to increased air circulation, if any pests are spotted make sure to treat them immediately before they have time to spread!
Tips For Growing Peace Lilies Outdoors
1) Provide ample shade from direct sunlight: Too much sun exposure can lead to leaf burn or discoloration so make sure your peace lily has access to shade from tree branches, shrubs, etc.
2) Keep soil consistently slightly moist: Too much water can lead root rot while too little water causes wilting so make sure your soil stays consistent slightly moist at all times (water thoroughly when needed).
3) Fertilize sparingly during growing season: Overfertilizing causes leaf burn/discoloration so make sure you follow instructions carefully when fertilizing during the growing season.
4) Keep an eye out for pests: Outdoor plants may be more susceptible than indoor ones due pest control issues so check on your plant regularly and treat any pests immediately before they spread!
Common Problems With Growing Peace Lilies Outdoors
The most common problems associated with growing peace lilies outdoors include sunburn/discoloration caused by too much direct sunlight exposure, wilting/browning leaves caused by insufficient watering, root rot caused by overwatering/poor drainage, pest infestations due lack of pest control measures taken outdoors, nutrient deficiencies caused by either overfertilizing or underfertilizing during the growing season, low humidity levels which may affect blooming frequency/health of plant overall, high winds/temperature fluctuations which may damage delicate new growth, fungal diseases such as powdery mildew caused by damp conditions around plant base (make sure there’s good airflow around your plant!).
In conclusion, if you live in USDA zones 10-12 you may be able take advantage of all the benefits associated with growing peace lillies outdoors such as increased air circulation, higher humidity levels, better drainage due improved soil type, natural sunlight exposure leading increased growth/flowering potential etc.
Just remember though – while they are relatively easy plants they do require special care such as keeping them out of direct sunlight while providing ample shade from tree branches/shrubs etc. Make sure their soil remains consistently slightly moist at all times (without becoming soggy!) while fertilizing sparingly during their growing season following instructions carefully – overfertilizing leads leaf burn/discoloration – plus watch out for any pests infestations taking action immediately before they spread! With proper care you should have no problem enjoying beautiful blooms all year round from your outdoor peace lillies!