When it comes to houseplants, some of the best to have as part of your collection are peace lilies.
There are over forty different types of peace lilies and one of them is the domino peace lily.
They have wonderful glossy leaves and a lovely variegated pattern. Whilst they are some of the most beautiful plants to have, it can be tricky to know how to care for them.
That’s why we’ve written this comprehensive guide to help you to care for your domino peace lily at home.
Read on to learn much more about them.
The domino peace lily is a very popular plant and can add some liveliness and personality to your home.
Over time, it can flower with white lily shapes on spathes.
Having these in your home can bring a calming nature, along with beauty and positive energy.
Luckily, all peace lilies are easy to care for. It’s important that you note though that variegated varieties of peace lily will require more light than others.
If you’re a person who is not experienced with these types of plants, we would certainly recommend them for beginners – and indeed for others as a gift!
Let’s start off our guide by examining variegated varieties of peace lily.
Variegated Peace Lilies
There are plenty of varieties of variegated peace lilies and some of them can be quite difficult to source.
If you’re looking for varieties like the Picasso, Sensation or Silver Stripe – you’ll likely need to look online for them or ask at your local garden store for information.
However, there are many other types of peace lilies available that you can source near you.
It’s just going to be much more difficult to find variegated peace lilies in a local garden store.
One of the easiest of this kind to find however – and luckily for you – is the domino peace lily.
If you do decide to purchase one, ensure you get one that has been highly rated and reviewed online, or get professional advice in local garden centers.
The Domino Peace Lily
The domino peace lily is one of the most visually striking and beautiful types of plant of its kind.
With its narrow and long leaves and crazy spread variegations all over, you’ll fall in love with it almost instantly.
You will also notice white patches with half-moon leaves and some sections that look mottled.
As a result, you can use the domino peace lily as a focal point within your house. Almost as a centerpiece!
What’s more, they are fantastic at cleaning the air in your home through an intricate filtration process – so even more reason to go out and get one!
However, it must be stressed that domino peace lilies are toxic and cannot be ingested.
They should always be kept away from your pets and small children.
If you, your family members, friends or pets have accidentally ingested a part of the peace lily, it’s critical to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Caring For Your Domino Peace Lily
It’s very important that you care for your domino peace lily from the moment you source it. Here’s what you should do.
Start by sourcing your domino peace lily from a reputable place.
Garden stores are the best for this because you’ll have expert advice on hand, along with potentially some extra tips for plant food etc.
Try to avoid buying them online from unknown stores. There’s no guarantee they will be any good (or even what you’ve asked for) and could potentially harbor pests.
Domino peace lilies have a preference for their soil. They enjoy:
- Light soil as they are aroids.
- A healthy mix of perlite and pot soil for the best roots.
Do not use heavy soil for aroids and do not go overboard with the soil mixture. A 60/40 in favor of perlite is a good rule of thumb.
There are some things to consider when you’re potting your domino peace lily. These include:
- Small pots are okay for domino peace lilies because they tend to grow relatively slowly. In fact, they’re quite happy to be (slightly) root-bound.
- The pot you choose has to have good drainage. Do not ignore this point!
- Continue to monitor the progress of your peace lily and repot it every two years. You can do this earlier if you notice the roots are poking through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
- When you repot your peace lily, only go to the next pot size up. Avoid the urge to go too big as you risk things like overwatering, which could lead to bacterial problems.
- During your repotting, consider propagating your peace lily.
As with any plants, light is a critical aspect to the life cycle of a domino peace lily. Here’s what you should consider when going forward:
- Most peace lilies will thrive with indirect light. Although they will survive with low light levels, they will probably grow much more slowly. It’s also possible that they may not reflower.
- Variegation will show with much more indirect light and this is important to ensure. Variegations may never come back if the lily is not exposed to enough light over time.
- Flowering will only happen with enough light.
- Do not subject peace lilies to direct sunlight. It’s likely they will become sunburned and the plant may die or become seriously affected.
Some plants love water whereas others need only a small amount of water to be healthy.
As the peace lily is tropical and an indoor plant, they fall into the group of plants that only need a small amount of water.
Bear these points in mind:
- A once a week schedule to water your peace lily is plenty. Underwatering and overwatering can be deadly to your plant, so this as a general rule of thumb can be sufficient to avoid problems.
- Always use filtered water when watering your peace lily. Tap water might be full of harmful chemicals. If you have to use tap water, allow it to settle for at least 24 hours before watering your plant.
- Aroids hate being too wet. To get a good balance, water the lily when the soil is dry. Try around an inch or so.
- Consider buying a humidifier because the peace lily loves humid conditions.
- Misting the peace lily frequently can help improve humidity in a climate that is very dry.
- Do not water so much during winter months.
- Do not let the bottom of the peace lily get too wet (wet feet). This can lead to root rot.
There are signs to pay attention to when it comes to watering your peace lily too. If the soil looks too heavy, you notice fungus gnats or if the leaves of the peace lily go yellow – you are probably overwatering.
Conversely, if the leaves change to brown, you are underwatering the plant or the air is too dry for it.
Luckily, it’s much easier to deal with this point rather than the former.
Fertilizer for your peace lily is very important too. Here are some tips for fertilizer that you can follow:
- Use a highly recommended fertilizer with a good quality throughout spring and summer months.
- By the late fall and winter months, you need to reduce the amount of fertilizer you give your peace lilies and allow them to have a rest.
- Always pay attention to the progress of your peace lily. If you see brown spots on the leaves – this may be a sign of an imbalance of salts, which can lead to burning of the leaves.
Domino peace lilies should be kept at temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, these are tropical plants and are used to warm, humid conditions – they love it!
You should encourage flowering with your domino peace lily. Healthy peace lilies will bloom about twice a year.
If you notice that your peace lily is not flowering, you can encourage them by adding more lighting and increasing their warmth. Additionally, you can try to copy their natural “home” conditions and mimic what they are used to.
Pests can be a serious problem with your plants. Here’s some things you should be aware of:
- Despite not being very delicate, pests can be highly detrimental to domino peace lilies.
- Unhealthy peace lilies through things like overwatering, underwatering or poor fertilization may exhibit brown or yellow leaves which can attract pests.
- Prevent pests with frequent inspections, quarantining new plants and keeping pets away from the plants. If you have pests, consider using dish soap sprays with neem oil.
- Beware of the common pests; spider mites, thrips, whiteflies and mealybugs.
Finally, it’s a good idea to properly propagate your domino peace lily when you have the option and opportunity. Here’s what you could keep in mind:
- Root division makes propagation simple.
- Rhizomes help the growth of domino peace lilies. Try to cut between the rhizomes and the clumps.
- Inspect your peace lily if you need to repot.
- Plant every clump in separate pots with a good soil mix.
- Ensure you have moist soil until you see setting roots.
What Are The Signs Of An Unhealthy Domino Peace Lily?
There are various things you will notice if your peace lily is struggling. The first thing to look at are the leaves.
If you notice discoloration like brown or yellow, your peace lily has had either too much water, too much light or not enough water and light.
The sure fire way to keep your peace lily happy is to follow the guidance provided when you sourced your peace lily. Remember, water, light and humidity are the essentials for the growth of your peace lily.
With a poor balance or absence of these elements, your peace lily will find it difficult to thrive and you may not see it grow at all.
Do I Need To Buy A Humidifier?
Whilst there is no demand for you to purchase a humidifier, domino peace lilies will do best in their natural habitat conditions.
As they are tropical plants, they love warm and humid conditions, with indirect light and some water.
Therefore, we would advise you to get a humidifier which will make things easier for you to care for your domino peace lily – but this is even more important if you live in a dry climate, like the desert for example.
If you do not want to buy a humidifier, you can increase humidity in their area by frequent misting and increasing the temperature of the room.
If you do decide to do this however, you need to be aware of the potential problems.
Many have stated that frequent misting can lead to overwatering, which can lead to root rot – this in turn can cause an early demise of your plant, but can also attract pests which complicate things further.
Be sure to ask at a garden center for advice on misting before you opt for this choice.
Are Domino Peace Lilies Toxic?
Yes, you should be aware of this and be careful when handling them. It’s also important to keep them away from pets and small children.
What Is The Best Lighting For Domino Peace Lilies?
You can either choose artificial lighting or place your peace lily by an east facing window.
This will allow the plant to get about 4 hours of indirect morning sun. This is a great amount for the plant to have!
The Bottom Line
Domino peace lilies are among the best possible houseplants you can have. They are beautiful and can provide cleaner air to your home.
It is important to care for them correctly though, so hopefully our guide has helped you know what you can do for them!
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