Everything You Need to Know About Growing Spathiphyllum ‘Domino’ at Home

Peace lilies are beautiful, low-maintenance houseplants that are well-suited to novice plant parents. But there’s one type of peace lily that provides even more exquisite drama – the variegated peace lily ‘Domino’. With stunning white streaks splashed across its gorgeous green foliage, this peace lily quickly steals the show. This article will run through everything you need to know about variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plant care at home.


How to Grow Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ – The Essentials

Botanical Name:Spathiphyllum wallisii variegatum
Also Known As:Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’, White sails
Growing Difficulty:Easy & suitable for beginners
Light Requirements:Bright to moderate indirect light
Temp & Humidity:Does best in temperatures ranging from 55 to 85ºF. Needs approximately 60% humidity
Watering Needs:Water once a week during the spring and summer. Limit watering to once every two or three weeks
Soil Preferences:Need well-draining soil that can still hold some moisture. Prefers slightly acidic soils (5.8 to 6.5 pH)
Fertilizing:Fertilize once every six to eight weeks during the spring and summer
Growth Expectations:Can reach about 1 to 3 feet high and wide
Toxicity:Toxic to both humans and pets like dogs and cats

About Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ (Spathiphyllum ‘Domino’)

About Variegated Peace Lily 'Domino' (Spathiphyllum 'Domino')
  • Family: Araceae
  • Genus: Spathiphyllum
  • Species: Spathiphyllum wallisii variegatum

Origins & History

Peace lily plants (Spathiphyllum) are native to the tropical jungles of Southeast Asia and South America. These aroids grow in the warm, humid, and shady conditions on the forest floor. Peace lilies began appearing in Europe during the 1800s and quickly became popular houseplants.

General Botanical Characteristics

Peace lilies, including variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ specimens, are prized for their beautiful white flowers. However, these blooms aren’t actually flowers – they’re specialized leaves called spathes. These spathes are designed to attract pollinating insects.

Within the white spathe of a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’, a spike of compact cream-colored flowers emerges. This flower spike is known as a spadix and contains the reproductive parts of the peace lily.

Standard peace lily plants have glossy green foliage. But the green leaves of the variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ also sport cream or white streaks. These streaks give the leaves a beautiful marbled effect and set these plants apart from normal peace lilies.

Uses & Benefits of Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’

Like their non-variegated cousins, variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants are fantastic at purifying the air inside our homes. Peace lilies were one of the best performing plants in NASA’s landmark Clean Air Study.

NASA’s study found that peace lilies could remove six major VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air. Peace lilies were able to absorb large quantities of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, and xylene.

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants can provide a range of other benefits as well. These include potentially reducing stress, boosting productivity, and even helping us sleep better. They may also be able to alleviate several common allergies.

How much do Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ typically cost?

Depending on where you buy them from, variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants can cost between $30 to $40. You can find them online pretty easily. However, it’s always worth looking or asking around at your local florist, garden center, or nursery.

Toxicity,

Unfortunately, a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is toxic to both humans and pets such as cats and dogs. Like many other aroids, these peace lilies contain calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals can irritate the mouth, throat, and stomach if ingested.

How long will Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ typically live for?

Although variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants are fairly easy to care for, they have a maximum lifespan of approximately three to five years. To maintain your collection, you can propagate them to create new plants.

The Symbolism of Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’

The variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is rich with symbolism. Like other peace lilies, these tropical aroids mainly symbolize peace and tranquility thanks to their white blooms. Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants can also represent innocence and purity.

A variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ also has meaning in feng shui. According to this ancient practice, peace lilies can harmonize the flow of energy throughout your home. They also have a calming effect and create feelings of hope. Peace lilies are one of the best feng shui plants for your office.


How to Grow Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ at Home

How to Grow Variegated Peace Lily 'Domino' at Home

Are Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ considered easy to grow at home?

Despite their showy appearance, variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants are easy to grow at home. These low-maintenance tropical houseplants are great for beginners because they can tolerate a range of light conditions. It’s also easy to know when to water them because you’ll see the leaves drooping slightly.

Peace Lily Domino Growth expectations

A variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ will reach a mature size of 1 to 3 feet tall and wide in ideal conditions. These plants grow fairly slowly and reach their full mature size in approximately three to five years.

What to do before planting

Before you purchase a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’, make sure that you can provide the best possible growing conditions. You’ll need somewhere that offers bright to moderate indirect light and is sheltered from drafts. An east-facing location is ideal.

You’ll also need to provide a warm, humid environment with temperatures ranging from 55 to 85ºF. Humidity levels should be kept at approximately 60%. Make sure that the plant’s nursery pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil.

You can keep your variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ in a decorative pot. The material doesn’t really matter, and these plants won’t benefit from a terracotta pot.

What’s the best soil mix for Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’?

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants require well-draining soil that can still retain a bit of moisture. The soil also needs to provide good airflow around the roots to prevent root rot and other problems. These plants also need slightly acidic soils with pH levels somewhere between 5.8 to 6.5.

The best soil mix for a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is a 2:2:1 mix of normal houseplant potting mix, sand, and perlite. You could also use some coco coir or orchid bark instead of perlite. These ingredients allow the soil to drain well while providing plenty of airflow for the roots.

How to plant

As long as you provide a well-draining soil mix, there aren’t any special considerations to bear in mind when planting a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’. Just make sure that the plant sits in a nursery pot with drainage holes. This prevents waterlogged soil by allowing excess water to drain away.

Make sure that the soil includes some material that provides aeration for the roots. This could be perlite, coconut coir, or orchid bark. Ensuring that the soil has good aeration can also prevent root rot.

Light preferences

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants require bright to moderate indirect light. They also benefit from some partial shade during the afternoon. An east-facing window is an ideal location because it provides bright sunlight that isn’t as intense as the afternoon sun.

Variegated plants require more sunlight than non-variegated relatives because they produce less chlorophyll. If a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is left to grow in full shade, it’ll eventually lose its variegated streaks.

Temperature & Humidity preferences

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ requires relatively warm temperatures ranging from 55 to 85ºF (12 to 30ºC). These plants can’t tolerate temperatures that drop lower than 55ºF. They also don’t like cold or hot drafts from windows, air vents, or heaters.

These peace lilies need a fairly humid environment to thrive. Humidity levels should be maintained at around 60%. You can boost humidity by misting the plant every few days or by using a pebble tray or a humidifier. If you can, place your variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ in a steamy bathroom.


How to Care for Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ at Home

How to Care for Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ at Home

Watering

A variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ needs watering approximately once a week during the spring and summer. Always check if the top two or three inches of soil feel dry before watering. This helps prevent overwatering and associated problems like root rot.

Use dechlorinated or filtered water rather than tap water, which can contain harmful chemicals and salts. In the winter, reduce watering to once every two or three weeks while your variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is dormant.

How, When, & Why to Fertilize

Because variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is a fairly slow-growing plant, they don’t need fertilizing too regularly. Feed them a dose of diluted houseplant fertilizer once every six to eight weeks during the growing season. Use a fertilizer with a balanced NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.

Pruning

A variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ shouldn’t require too much pruning. Some of the older leaves may naturally turn yellow as the plant ages. You can remove these leaves by cutting them at the base of the stem.

Once the flowers of your peace lily start to fade, you can prune them off and enjoy the beautiful variegated foliage. If any leaves turn brown due to diseases or pests, prune them off to protect the rest of the plant.

Propagation

The only way to propagate a variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is to divide the plant. These tropical aroids grow in clumps from bulb-like rhizomes. To propagate the plant, remove it from its pot and expose the roots. You can then identify individual rhizomes and gently separate them from the main plant.

Make sure that each clump that you separate has three or four healthy leaves. You can then pot up each clump into a similar soil mix to the parent plant. Continue care as usual.

When and how to repot a Peace Lily Domino

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants should only need to be repotted about once each year. The best time to do this is in the spring, when the growing season begins. If you see roots poking out from the drainage holes of the nursery pot, it’s time to repot the plant.

Choose a new pot that’s a couple of inches bigger than the previous one. Fill a quarter of the pot with a similar soil mix to the old pot. Then lift the plant gently out of its current pot and place it in the new one. Fill in around the roots with more soil and gently firm the plant down before watering.

For more, see our in-depth guide to how to repot a peace lily plant.


Common Peace Lily Domino Pests & Diseases

Common Peace Lily Domino Pests & Diseases

Fungus gnats – Small brown or black flies attracted by rotting roots or waterlogged soil. Use sticky traps or a bottle cap full of almond oil to kill adults. Replace the top inch or two of soil with a well-draining mix.

Mealybugs – These bugs leave behind deposits of sticky honeydew and can cause drooping or yellowing leaves. Deal with them using insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Root rot – is caused by overwatering and waterlogged soil. Remove the plant and trim away any mushy or smelly brown roots. Use a well-draining soil mix with more perlite, orchid bark, or coco coir mixed in.

Scale insects – If foliage develops sooty mold, scale insects could be present. Use neem oil or insecticidal soap to clean the plant and prune off any moldy foliage.

For more, see our in-depth guide to common peace lily pests, bugs, and diseases.

Essential Tools to Have Around

  • Watering can
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Moisture meter or your finger
  • Thermometer
  • Gardening gloves

Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ FAQs

Is a Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ a good indoor plant?

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is a beautiful, low-maintenance indoor plant that beginners can easily grow. Its stunning variegated foliage sets it apart from other peace lilies.

How big does a Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ get?

A variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ can reach 1 to 3 feet wide and tall at its full size.

How fast does a Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ grow?

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants are slow growers and take between three and five years to reach mature size.

Is a Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ poisonous to dogs and other pets?

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is toxic to most pets, such as cats or dogs.

Can a Variegated Peace Lily ‘Domino’ tolerate low light?

Variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ plants prefer bright to moderate indirect light. They can lose their variegated patterns if kept in too much shade as their foliage reverts to pure green.


Variegated Peace Lily Domino Care at Home 

The variegated peace lily ‘Domino’ is a perfect tropical houseplant for beginners and experts alike. This peace lily variety looks unique with its incredible marbled green and white foliage. And best of all, it’s pretty low-maintenance and can thrive happily in a warm, humid indoor environment.


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