How Much Sunlight Does A Peace Lily Need?

Peace lilies thrive when they receive 12 to 14 hours of indirect light per day.

In this article, you will learn the basic light needs of your peace lily, including what type of sunlight is best, seasons that may require more light, and what happens if your peace lily receives too little or too much light. Peace lilies make a lovely addition to any household and can last for years if properly cared for.

Should My Peace Lily Be In Direct Or Indirect Sunlight?

Take care not to put peace lilies in direct sunlight; rather, an east-facing window will provide sufficient indirect sunlight. Also, be sure to expose your peace lily to enough light. While they are tolerant of low light, too little light will prevent your peace lily from flowering.

Bright light that avoids the direct intensity of noontime sunlight rays is the best light condition for your peace lily. If exposed to too much direct sunlight, your peace lily’s leaves can suffer from scorching and die.

Is There A Season My Peace Lily Will Require More Light?

Peace lilies need more light during the spring and summer as this is the growing and flowering season. Although light is essential for your plant’s growth, be sure that with longer natural light exposure, they are not in the path of direct sunlight. If this is unavoidable, try drawing a sheer curtain between the window and your peace lily during the times of day when the sunlight is direct to avoid harming your plant.

What Happens If My Peace Lily Receives Too Much Light?

If exposed to too much light, usually in the form of direct sunlight, your peace lily’s leaves will start to turn yellow, then brown, and eventually, they will curl up. If you notice these symptoms, move your peace lily away from direct sunlight, and prune dead leaf stalks close to the base of the plant.

Yellow leaves are still alive and can continue to grow, although they may not appear aesthetic. Therefore, you can consider letting them remain attached unless they turn brown.

What Happens If My Peace Lily Receives Too Little Light?

While peace lilies thrive in indirect light conditions, this does not mean they fare well in very low or no light at all. If your peace lily is not receiving adequate light, it will not flower. While the foliage of peace lilies is becoming, those beautiful white flowers are vital to the plant’s appearance and a sign of your plant’s health.

Final Words

Peace lilies generally thrive as indoor houseplants. As the tropical region is their natural habitat, they are used to about 12 hours of light per day, but they appreciate just a bit more light in the growing season.

Their sunlight requirements make placement in an east-facing window ideal. However, if the only window available receives direct sunlight, you can draw a sheer curtain to avoid scorching your plant.

As mentioned, be sure to let your peace lily absorb extra rays in the spring and summer to promote growth and flowering.

And always watch for signs of under- and overlighting such as lack of flowers or brown and curled leaves, respectively. Then act accordingly.

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Alexander Verdes
Just a stay-at-home dad who loves taking care of my home, my kids, and my plants. Actually, I kind of consider my plants to be my babies too, so I could just say that I love to take care of my home and my kids :-)

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