How to Prune a Peace Lilly

by Alex Kountry
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If your peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is beginning to look a bit shabby, it may be time for a trim. Peace lilies are known for their easy care, but they will occasionally need a little grooming to keep them looking their best. Luckily, pruning a peace lily is easy to do and can help to encourage new growth. Here’s how to go about it.

What You’ll Need

-Pruning shears
-A sharp knife
-A trash can or compost bin

Before you begin pruning your peace lily, it’s important to understand how and why this plant benefits from yearly pruning. As with most plants, the leaves of your peace lily will gradually deteriorate over time. Removing these damaged or dying leaves helps the plant to focus its energy on new growth, leading to a healthier, fuller plant. Furthermore, pruning also encourages the development of new flowering stalks, resulting in more beautiful blooms throughout the year.

Now that you know the benefits of pruning your peace lily, let’s take a look at the supplies you’ll need to get started. First, you’ll need a pair of pruning shears. These can be found at most hardware or gardening stores. Next, you’ll need a sharp knife. A serrated knife works well for this task, but any sharp knife will do. Finally, you’ll need a trash can or compost bin to collect the leaves and stems that you remove during the pruning process.

With your supplies gathered, you’re now ready to begin pruning your peace lily. Start by removal any dead or dying leaves from the plant. Cut these leaves off at the base of the plant using your pruning shears or knife. Next, remove any yellowing or browning leaves. These leaves are still alive but are beginning to degrade and should be removed to encourage new growth. Finally, cut back any long or leggy stems that are not producing flowers. Cut these stems back to about 6 inches above the soil line.

As you trim back your peace lily, be sure to dispose of all removed leaves and stems in your trash can or compost bin. Once you have finished pruning, give your plant a good watering and fertilize it according to manufacturer’s instructions. With proper care and annual pruning, your peace lily will continue to thrive for many years to come!

Step-by-Step Instructions

1.Start by removing any dead or dying leaves and flowers. These can be easily pulled away from the plant.

2.Next, cut back any leaves that are longer than you want them to be. You can use a sharp pair of scissors or gardening shears for this step.

3.Then, cut back the central stalk of the plant by a few inches. This will encourage new growth.

4.Finally, remove any remaining leaves that are damaged or Browning around the edges. These can be discarded.


We hope this guide has helped you understand how and when to prune your peace lily. Remember, the most important thing is to have patience and not to overdo it – your plant will thank you for it in the long run!

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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