How to Grow and Care for Variegated Peace Lily 'Domino'

variegated peace lily with long green leaves streaked with cream in small red ceramic pot on white countertop

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Lush, low-maintenance peace lilies are one of our favorite houseplants, but a variegated peace lily cultivar, 'Domino,' (Spathiphyllum wallisii 'Domino') takes verdant beauty to the next level. These easy-growing houseplants are known for the stripy markings on their deep green leaves in shades ranging from pale green to cream—plus, they grow attractive white flowers.

Here's everything you need to know about caring for a variegated peace lily.

Common Name: Variegated peace lily, Domino peace lily
Botanical Name:  Spathiphyllum wallisii 'Domino'
Family: Araceae
Plant Type:  Perennial
Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall and wide
Sun Exposure:  Part sun
Soil Type:  Moist, well-drained soil
Soil pH:  Acidic
Bloom Time:  Spring 
Flower Color:  White and yellow
Native Area:  Colombia, Venezuela
Toxicity:   Toxic to people and pets

Variegated Peace Lily Care

Peace lilies make excellent houseplants just about anywhere in the United States. In addition to their lush, attractively patterned foliage, they'll grow elegant white flowers in the right conditions. Keep your plant looking tidy and thriving by cutting back dead leaves or spent flowers at the base of the plant. Their care is similar to regular peace lilies, except they typically grow a little slower and need more light.

Here's how to care for your variegated peace lily.

Light

Keep your variegated peace lily in a place with lots of bright, indirect light or dappled or filtered sunlight. Direct morning light, such as from an east-facing window, can also work well, but avoid harsh direct sun from a west-facing or south-facing window. Too much sun can burn the plant's leaves. Peace lilies can survive in low light, but your plant may lose its variegation and delay flowering.

Soil

Variegated peace lilies grow best in a moist, well-drained potting mix with lots of organic matter, such as a mix of coconut coir, orchid bark or perlite, and organic compost.

Water

Water your variegated peace lily so the soil stays evenly moist without getting soggy or drying out. Consider watering once per week at first, checking the soil moisture before watering. Be sure to water deeply, until water comes out of the bottom drainage hole. Double-check drip trays to make sure the plant isn't sitting in water.

Temperature and Humidity

This tropical jungle plant grows best in warm, humid conditions. In warm regions, they can be brought outside for the summer once night temperatures are above 70 degrees.

Fertilizer

 If you use a potting mix rich in organic matter, your peace lily shouldn't need much fertilizer. Feed your plant with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-quarter strength every six weeks or so. Begin feeding in early spring and continue through summer, when the plant is actively growing. Stop feeding in fall, then resume in late winter the next year. Green, stunted flowers may be a sign of too much nitrogen. Switch to a fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

Propagating Variegated Peace Lily

Variegated peace lilies are propagated by division. In fact, repotting time is a great opportunity to divide and multiply your plant as you freshen its soil.

  1. Remove your variegated peace lily from its pot. Using your fingers, gently loosen the soil around the root ball.
  2. Carefully pull apart the root ball into clumps. Depending on the age of your plant, you may need to use a clean, sterilized knife or gardening shears to cut through the root ball. Ensure that each division has roots and at least a couple of leaves.
  3. Plant each clump in an appropriately sized pot with fresh potting soil, making sure the soil level in the new pot is the same as it was in the original.
  4. Water the soil well and put your divisions in a warm spot with bright, indirect light. Avoid fertilizing the plants for at least two months.

Potting and Repotting Variegated Peace Lily

Variegated peace lilies don't mind being a little pot-bound (and variegated cultivars tend to grow a bit slower). But if you notice roots growing out of the holes in the bottom of the container or water unable to infiltrate the soil because the roots are so dense, it's a good idea to repot. Repotting is best done in spring. You can replant your variegated peace lily in a pot one size larger with fresh soil.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases 

Variegated peace lilies can fall prey to some common houseplant pests, mealybugs and scale in particular. Cottony growths on the undersides of leaves and at the base of the plant indicate mealybugs, while you'll see scale insects as flat, brown spots that leave behind sticky sap. Remove these pests by picking them off the leaves with a cotton swab or ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.

How to Get Variegated Peace Lily to Bloom

Variegated peace lilies can take a while to bloom, so don't fret if yours doesn't grow flowers right away. However, if your variegated peace lily isn't blooming, chances are good that it's not getting enough light. This is especially true because variegated plant cultivars like this one have less chlorophyll, meaning they need more light than non-variegated plants to grow.

Move your plant to a place with lots of bright, indirect light (but not in direct sun). This will also help the plant keep its attractive patterning.

Common Problems With Variegated Peace Lily

Variegated peace lilies are quite low-maintenance, but they do occasionally have issues. Here are some common problems and how you can help solve them with your plant.

Drooping or Yellow Leaves

Drooping leaves can signal underwatering or overwatering. Check the soil moisture and adjust accordingly.

Browning Tips

Brown leaf tips aren't uncommon with variegated peace lily. Chlorinated or hard water seems to contribute to this issue, so if this applies to your home, flush your plant's soil with distilled water regularly. Brown tips can also be a sign that you've added too much fertilizer, and you can treat this issue the same way. Note that a brown tip can also be the beginning of a single leaf dying naturally.

FAQ
  • What’s the difference between variegated peace lily and peace lily?

    The leaves of variegated peace lily are streaked with attractive markings ranging from light green to white against the darker green leaves, while regular peace lilies have solid, dark green leaves with no markings.

  • Where should I put variegated peace lily?

    Keep your variegated peace lily in a warm, humid place with bright, indirect light to keep it healthy and maintain its variegation.

  • Can variegated peace lily grow indoors?

    Yes, variegated peace lily makes an excellent houseplant.

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