When To Remove Peace Lily Flowers? Guide With Process

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Welcome to the fascinating realm of peace lily care, where timing is everything.

Do you have a peace lily plant at home or in your office? Do you know when to remove peace lily flowers and what are the benefits of doing so?

When To Remove Peace Lily Flowers

Your peace lilies do not need regular pruning, but removing the old flowers and yellow leaves can help to keep them healthy and beautiful. 

Let’s dive into the article and learn when to trim peace lily flowers and how to prune a peace lily flower. 

Flowers Removing Overview:

Working timeSkill levelsEstimated cost
5-10 minutesBeginners $10-$30

Main Facts:

  • Regular removal signals the plant to produce new buds, extending the blooming period.
  • Peace lilies have long-lasting flowers, typically lasting 1 to 2 months after blooming.
  • Maintain high humidity through misting, a humidifier, or placing the pot on a tray of pebbles and water.

When To Remove Peace Lily Flowers?

Peace lilies are popular house plants. They can produce elegant white flowers and lush green foliage. However, your flowers will not last forever, and you need to remove them, which is necessary for new growth and appearance. But when you need to cut off flowers of peace lily? 

Well, peace lilies are flowering plants. They are renowned for the ability of continuously bloom all year round.  Before you know when to remove peace lily flowers, you should know how long do peace lily flowers last? 

When To Remove Peace Lily Flowers

Peace lilies have long-lasting flowers compared to other flowering plants. On average, they can last for 1 to 2 months after blooming. 

The main stages of peace lily flowering are budding, blooming, seed production, and death flowers. You should trim your peace lily flowers when they begin to wilt and turn brown green or even black tips.

Peace lilies flowers usually turn brown and become wilt after the seed production stage. And this is the main time to split the flowers of your peace lily. On the other hand, if you want to collect seeds for propagation, you have to wait to produce seed pods. 

The seed pods are small berry-like structures that form on the spadix, the long line of tiny flowers. The seed pods will change color from green to brown to black as they mature. When they turn black, the seeds are ready to be harvested. And you can cut your peace lily flowers. 

Why Do You Need To Remove Peace Lily Flowers?

You may notice these tropical plants produce light green buds first. Gradually this bud becomes matured and turns into beautiful white flowers in proper environmental conditions. Which can give a touch of elegance and tranquillity to your indoor places.  

When they become brown flowers and wilt, you should gently remove them. But why do you need to remove your peace lily flowers? If you don’t remove them, then what problems can appear? 

Why Do You Need To Remove Peace Lily Flowers

To Save Energy For The Plant:

Flowers are the symbol of beauty and purity. But they are costly for the plant. Because they don’t photosynthesize but still take in water and absorb nutrients. They only offer a chance for your plant to reproduce. Once the flowers are spent, they become a burden for your plant.

Because your peace lilies need to maintain them and prevent them from rotting. If you remove the spent flowers, it will help free up the energy of your peace lily for other functions such as foliage growth and new flower production. 

To Encourage More Blooming: 

Peace lilies can bloom several times a year, while it depends on the environmental conditions and care that you provide your plants. If you leave the old flowers on your plant, they will inhibit the formation of new buds. Because your plants think they have already achieved their reproductive goal. So, when you cut off the old flowers, you signal your plants to produce more flowers.

To Improve The Appearance Of The Plant:

Peace lily flowers are beautiful when they are fresh and white, but they become unsightly when they start to wilt and turn brown or green. They also attract pests and diseases, which can harm your plant and spread to other good plants. By removing the flowers, you keep your plant looking healthy and attractive.

If you don’t cut spent flowers from your plant, it will not come back to its aesthetic appearance with ornamental white flowers. So, you should split old flowers to encourage your peace lily to rebloom. 

Are There Indicators That It’s Time To Remove Peace Lily Flowers?

There are many peace lily planters, especially beginners, who don’t know when they should decide to remove peace lily flowers.  

But no worries. Some indicators can help you decide when to remove peace lily flowers. Now, I will explore some signs that indicate it’s time to remove the flowers of your peace lily:

Are There Indicators That It’s Time To Remove Peace Lily Flowers

Are There Indicators That It's Time To Remove Peace Lily Flowers
  • If your flowers begin to wilt and turn brown or green, it means the flowers are spent and no longer attractive. Even peace lily limp can be a reason. Now, you should remove them to improve the appearance of your plant and encourage new growth and flowering. 
  • Inspect the flowers of your peace lily. If you find flowers are closing up and start forming seed pods, it means flowers have been pollinated and are producing seeds. If you want to collect seeds, then you can wait for the pods to turn black. Otherwise, you should remove them earlier to prevent seed production and save energy for your plant.   
  • Reduced growth and vigor is also an indicator that indicates its time to cut the old flower of your plants. If your plant shows signs of reduced health  and vigor, it means your plants are spending too much energy on flower production and neglecting their foliage. So, it’s time to remove the flowers that can help your plant redirect its energy towards foliage growth. Therefore, your plants will produce more robust and healthier leaves and new flowers. 

Your peace lilies don’t need regular pruning, but removing the old flowers and leaves will keep them healthy and beautiful. So regularly check up your peace lily during their bloom and consider removing them if you find the following signs. 

Pros N Cons Of Removing Peace Lily Flower

Pros of Removing Peace Lily FlowersCons of Removing Peace Lily Flowers
1. Encourages New Growth: Removing spent flowers encourages your plant to redirect energy towards new leaf and flower development.1. Aesthetic Appeal: Some people appreciate the appearance of both blooming and spent flowers, considering them part of the plant’s charm.
2. Prevents Seed Production: Removing flowers before they develop seeds prevents the plant from investing energy in seed production, directing it instead toward foliage growth.2. Natural Look: Leaving spent flowers can contribute to a more natural and wild look, resembling your plant’s behavior in their native habitat.
3. Extended Blooming Period: Regular removal of spent flowers can encourage your plant to produce new blooms, extending the overall blooming period.3. Seed Propagation: Allowing the plant to go to seed can provide an opportunity for seed propagation, resulting in new plants.
4. Enhanced Air Circulation: Removing spent flowers improves air circulation around your plant, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.4. Personal Preference: Whether to remove spent flowers or not is often a matter of personal preference, and some may find beauty in the natural life cycle of the plant.
5. Neater Appearance: Regular deadheading maintains a neater and more manicured appearance for those who prefer a tidy look.5. Potential Stress: Excessive pruning or removal of flowers might stress the plant, particularly if done too frequently. It’s essential to strike a balance.

How To Safely Cut Peace Lily Flowers? 

If your peace lily flower is already wilt and brown, you should cut them. And before you cut the flowers you should learn how to safely cut peace lily flowers. You can follow the below steps to cut spent flowers from your peace lily: 

How To Safely Cut Peace Lily Flowers

Materials Needed:

  1. Sharp pruning shears or clean scissors
  2. Container or trash bag for collecting trimmed flowers
  3. Gloves

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Sterilize your scissors or pruning shears by dipping them in rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. This will prevent the spread of any disease or infection to your plant.
  • Step 2:  locate the base of the leaf stem of the flower you want to cut. Then Make a 45-degree angle cut as close to the base as possible. You have to make a clean and smooth cut. You should not leave any stubs or jagged edges, as they can rot and attract pests.
  • Step 3:  Repeat the above steps for all the flowers that are wilting, browning, or turning green. You can also cut off any yellow or brown leaves in the same way.
  • Step 4: You need to dispose of the cut stems and leaves in a compost bin or trash can. Do not leave them on the soil or near your plant. They can harbor fungus or bacteria to your entire peace lily plant.
  • Step 5: Water your peace lily lightly and place it in a bright, indirect light. You should avoid fertilizing the plant for a few weeks after pruning. It may stress your plant.

And that’s it!  you can safely cut peace lily flowers and keep your plant healthy. These steps can even help your peace lily can rebloom efficiently. 

Safety tips: Don’t forget to use hand gloves when removing flowers, as peace lilies are slightly toxic that can cause skin irritation or allergy. 

Tips To Keep Peace Lily Flowers Longest Time

The fragrance of ornamental white blooms of peace lily can give you charm. To keep your peace with lily flowers for the longest time you have to provide them with adequate environmental conditions that can mimic their native habitat. 

You can follow the tips bellowed: 

  • Move your peace lily to a place where it can get bright, indirect sunlight. Keep away from too much direct sunlight, it can scorch the flowers. Too low light can reduce flowering. Ensure peace lilies are getting indirect light a minimum 6 hours a day. 
  • Water your peace lily when the soil feels dry to the touch, but do not overwater or let it sit in soggy soil. Peace lilies are sensitive to both drought and root rot, which can affect their health and flowering.
  • Use distilled water or rainwater to water your peace lily. Tap water can contain chlorine, fluoride, or other chemicals that can harm your plant and cause brown leaf tips and flowers.
  • Fertilize your peace lily once a month during their growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize, as this can burn the roots and foliage and reduce the flowering of your peace lily. 
  • Maintain a high humidity level around your peace lily. You can mist the leaves and flowers regularly, use a humidifier, or place the pot on a tray of pebbles and water near your peace lily. 
  • You should cut off the faded flowers at the base of stems with a sharp and clean pair of scissors. This will improve the appearance of your plant and encourage new growth and flowering.

All these tips are very crucial for a healthy peace lily which can bloom multiple times a year. If you miss any of these, then your peace lily can’t grow properly and also the lifespan of flowers will be reduced. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can You Completely Cut Back A Peace Lily

Yes, you can completely cut back a peace lily if all its foliage is damaged or diseased. However, this is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

How Long Do Peace Lily Flowers Last

Peace lily flowers are beautiful and long-lasting, but they do require some care to keep them in good shape. On average, they can last for 1 to 2 months after blooming.

Where Do You Cut Peace Lily Flowers?

The best place to cut peace lily flowers is at the base of the plant, where the flower stalk meets the soil. This will remove the entire stalk and prevent it from rotting or attracting pests.

Do Peace Lilies Only Flower Once?

No, peace lilies do not only flower once. They can bloom multiple times a year, depending on the care and conditions they receive.

Conclusion

It’s true that peace lilies can absorb sound, they have air purifying ability. But they also have  a good appearance with lush green leaves and white flowers. 

Peace lilies can bloom continuously all year round. To encourage them to rebloom for next time, it’s necessary to remove their old flowers. When to remove peace lily flowers? There are some flower signs to know when you should cut the spent flower that I already explored in the article.  

You should gently cut the flower at the base of the leaf stem with maintain safety. Follow the steps and tips to make a proper cut of old flowers and encourage your peace lily to generate new flowers.

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Meet Rayna Trick: Your Indoor Plant Whisperer! With her roots in environmental science and a passion for exotic succulents, she’s the Green Thumb of the Year. Rayna’s here to be your plant companion, sharing her expertise and nurturing your green oasis at PlantTrick. Let’s make your indoor space bloom, one leaf at a time, together!

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