Peace Lily

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Peace Lilies

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Peace Lilies are very common houseplants because they are easy to grow. They can grow up to 16 inches, but larger ones can often reach 6 feet tall. Peace Lilies produce white flowers in the early summer and continue to bloom throughout the year.

Planting

  • Plant with an all-purpose potting soil and keep it lightly moist throughout the year.  
  • Repotting annually in the spring is good for the lily because it will need refreshed soil. 

Care

  • Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not overwater.  
  • During the winter fertilize every 6 weeks or so.  
  • If you want flowers to appear, but none have, move the plant to a darker room.

Pests/Diseases

Brown leaf tips are common with excessive light or over fertilization.

Recommended Varieties

Wit & Wisdom

In NASA studies, peace lilies were discovered to help control formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from indoor air.

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brown leaves

When our son passed in December of last year two peace lily were delivered to the funeral home. Afterwards we brought the plants home and they were beautiful. It looked as if you could sit and watch them grown. However, the larger of the two started getting brown tips and looking worse by the day it seemed. So I bought some miracle grow potting soil and a larger pot for the biggest one and re-potted both plants. Still the large plant continues to have brown tips and leave. While the smaller one it growing but it too have brown tips. What have I done to these plants? They were so beautiful and growing up until a couple of months ago, Please help I do not want these plants to die. P.S. I would like them to produce white flowers as well.

Browning Leaves

Browning tips can be an indicator of over fertilizing or over watering. Cut back on both to see if the leaves start to green up again. When you water, really soak the plant. Then wait for it to nearly dry out before giving it another deep soak.

Peace Lily

So I received a peace lily when my Dad passed away, but I always have trouble with the tips of the white flowers turning brown. I love this plant but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Please give me some advice.

Peace lily

I too have been dealing with brown tips and yellowing. I water when plant gets dry 7-8 day , I water until start to drain. Have them in a medium light, far away from Windows, I've been trimming and no luck.

When should we move our peace lilies indoors?

Our four large peace lilies have been outdoors - and thriving - all summer.
Current temperatures here in the Philadelphia area are still in the high 80s, but we are due to drop into the 70s daytime within the next few days. We hope to keep these beautiful plants going and wonder how long we should wait to bring them indoors.

Peace lily

Hello.I have a very healthy large peace lily plant.my only problem is that when the white bloom comes it never stands straight up and opens.it just droops and eventually darken and dies.but the plant itself is healthy and strong.is it bc of lighting or what? Please help

Drooping Peace Lily

Yes, lighting could be the reason. Peace lilies perform best with moderate, indirect light. When they receive too much light, the rate of transpiration is higher, which means they lose water quickly, causing blooms to droop. In other words, it is drying out because of too much light (perhaps heat) and it is thirsty.

Peace Lily

Just got a Peace Lily from LOWES, I recently topped it off with some new potting soil as well as fertilized it. Then I noticed new leaves in bottom and as they uncurled I've seen a few little holes on those new leaves as well as on the older ones where there were some with slanted tears. I didn't notice any bugs; worms or slugs excepts tiny snail which I removed. Btw, I also mixed some used coffee grounds with that potting soil. WHAT does this mean? Am I over fertilizing it? Or over watering it? I really love this plant as it lore on the larger size. Please advise....

Peace Lily

What you have described sounds like insect damage, not a watering/fertilizing issue. You may not be seeing anything, but many inset pests feed at night. Perhaps you can do some scouting with a flashlight in the dark. It is important to know the pest in order to determine a course of action. If you see anything, start by picking them off and dropping them into soapy water.

Peacelily

My peace Lily is turning black it is not the sun. How do I revise my plant.

Black Peace Lily

Peace lily leaves can turn black from over-watering, a too big pot, heavy soil, or if the plant has suffered from cold temps. Too much fertilizer can also cause leaves to turn brown or black. Check the roots to see if you have an issue with rot.

Peace Lily pot

I recently got a peace lily from my mom's funeral and it was in a small pot with plastic liner-repotted into a 16 inch pot-is that too big? Had numerous lilies but now some are turning brown

Pot Size for Peace Lily

Hi Sue,

Generally, potted peace lilies don’t need a pot larger than 10 inches. It does sound like too big a jump! Go ahead and put it in something smaller.

peace lily stalks too heavy for the plant

My peace lily's stalks are so heavy that they are bending over the front of the container. The stalks in back are standing up just fine. I checked the roots and soil; and the plant is not suffering from over-watering or under-watering. It's very healthy. How do I convince the stalks to stand upright?

Extremely root bound Peace Lily

Not too long ago i was given a peace lily. When i first recieved it, it seemed as though it was in good condition. Overtime i started to notice the plant would droop only a day or so after being watered. One day, I was holding up the leaves while watering the plant and it slipped out from the plastic pot it was in. To my surprise, there was nothing but roots present. The plant was EXTREMELY rooted. Mind you, i have never had a plant beforehand so i had no clue how to repot it. So , I asked an Aunt of mine who has been growing plants for years and she told me to detangle the roots and repot it in all purpose potting soil, water it down then let it dry out before watering again. The plant was in a relatively small pot so i transferred it into a pot more than double its size. Now the plant has new buds /sprouts growing but has yellow leaves, brown tips and is drooping immensely. Did i make a mistake by repotting into too large of a pot? Even misting and watering is not helping with the drooping. I dont know what to do and i love this plant. Afterall, it's my first plant and i don't want it to die.

give peace a chance

The peace lily sometimes seems at war with its caretakers. You did the right thing by repotting it. In the case of this plant, our sources recommend keeping the soil damp (not soaking! avoid standing in water); this goes against your aunt’s advice of letting it dry between waterings. (Truth be told, she may be right but our information says otherwise.) Keep it out of direct sunlight and cold drafts. Give it a general houseplant fertilizer monthly.

All that said, you also have to allow for its adjusting into the new plant pot. This can take some time (in fact, all plants need time to get comfortable when transplanted anywhere into anything).

With luck, your plant will recover. Give peace a chance.

Peace lily

I have apeace lily with a watering ball in it so i have reduces how offten i water the lily and now my leafs are truning yellow what am i doing wrong and why are the leafs truniing yellowplz help

Yellow leafs

My peace lily has several yellow leafs and all the white flowers are dead. How can I save it.

Peace lily

Replanted now it has yellow leaves!! Help??

Peace Lilly is about to be at peace

I recently repotted my peace lily because it was not doing so well and I noticed that the plant above the dirt has broken away from the big bulb. There is a section of roots still on the plant and I have put them into the soil. The bulb is still in there also. Will this lily survive without being attached to the bulb? Will any more shoots come out of the bulb? Please help.

Peace Lily Bulb

You did the right thing to get the roots buried beneath the soil. If the plant portion has roots, it could grow, though there is no guarantee. Take a look at the bulb to see if it is still viable. If shriveled and seemingly lifeless, discard it. Otherwise, keep up with general care and monitor…you have a little science experiment going!

Peace Lily

I planted the roots beneath the soil. The plant is looking pretty bad. It is all yellow and shriveled. It's on life support. The bulb is viable, as in not shriveled or bad looking, but is about 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Can I replant the bulb and get a shoot to grow off of it? I have another pot I could put it in if it will grow. If so, how deep should I plant it, or should it be exposed at the surface? Thanks for all your help!

Roses

One of my rose bushes got blackish spots on the leaves. I have tried some flowering plant spray tht is suppose to work to remedy this. It didn't and now I have 2 bushes with this same problem. These are climbers. 1 is lincoln & the other is called angel something. I was told tht once a plant gets this, it can't be cured. Wht 2 do?

Your roses have Black Spot–a

Your roses have Black Spot–a tremendously difficult disease to treat. It won’t kill the plant directly, but it can defoliate all the canes, which compromises the long-term health of the rose. To try to get it under control: Remove all leaves with black spots (even those with just a few) and get any fallen leaves out of the garden. Avoid overhead watering. Ensure a healthy root system with consistent applications of slow-release fertilizer. Continue to remove diseased foliage. When it comes times to overwinter the roses, make sure all canes are completely stripped of foliage, and heavily mulch the crown (be sure you are not mulching over diseased foliage). In the very early spring, after the threat of frost, prune very hard (keep 5 to 6 inches of cane–that’s all that should remain. You want to start the season with entirely new growth until the Black Spot is knocked back). If those roses never perform well because they are compromised by the Black Spot, replace them with disease-resistant varieties.

 

 

 

Help! Accidentally repotted using plant food!

I accidentally used plant food instead of potting soil when I repotted my peace lily last night. Should I repot it using potting soil? Will the plant food kill it?

Repot Peace Lily

If you transplant it into potting soil now, it should be just fine.

Aging Peace Lilly needs help!

Lord, it seems like my grandmothers lily is a grandmother to all the other peoples down in the comments. It is 23 years and counting, but has been going through some troubles right now. We just repotted it last week on Friday, but the mother plant doesn't look too good. We counted over 10 saplings, not to mention 2 almost fully mature plants, all growing in the same pot. My grandmother had wanted it reported for some time before this, but I didn't want to do it without her guidance, considering she is the plant guru of the house. It took up four pots when we were finished. Trouble is the mother plant looks the worst. We reported it a few years ago, and then stupidly left it outside by accident, and some small sugar ants got into it, although I took care of them humanely, without danmaging the plant. Could it be that it's suffering from reporting shock? That's what I think at least. It's also had some yellowing of the leaves, maybe it needs more phosphorus? I dunno. Thanks to all

Peace Lily

Yes, it is possible it is suffering from transplant shock, especially given the amount of dividing you did. Chances are it will bounce back. Don’t change or add anything yet, give it some time to recover.

How often should i spray the

How often should i spray the leaves of my peace lily?...my house isn't very sunny so its always shaded just a little sunlight not much, and one of my flowers are turning brown?

Spraying Peace Lily Leaves

You’re right to want to spray the lily, as the brown discoloration could be caused by low humidity. Spray them on especially hot and dry days or anytime the plants might be getting more direct sunlight. Also be careful not to overwater, as this could cause the brown color.

additional info

It also only has 2 leaves left. Ive flushed out the salts n such as well as rinsed the root thinking root rot & potted in new soil.

Keep the lily in a spot in

Keep the lily in a spot in indirect light and keep the soil moist but not wet. The mother plant has gone through a lot and probably needs a little bit of peace and quiet. Hopefully it will perk up.

new life

Good news i ended up having to cut all the leaves & stems off. Now its starting to have new shoots coming up out of the sides of the crown. I havent removed it from the small pot for fear the new roots might break again. But i think its finally growing new roots since theres new growth for the first time in the last year & a half. So happy theres new life to it

Epic repot shock need advice!!!

About 1 year 3 months ago i had 2 new peace lilies that were growing off of this mother plant. So i repotted it so that i could seperate the babies from the mother plant. Ever since then the mother has been slowly wasting away. This is where it is now. I switched from using tap water (which i would let sit out to evaperate the chlorine) to bottled water. Ive had it for about 12 years. All of the other leaves had turned yellow & died. The rolled leave was the last new growth. Now its frozen in time so to speak. Its been on "life support" ever since. Please help.

Rootrot

So I've done quite a bit of research and found the likely causes to the problems I had with my plant (too big of a new pot for the new soil that has much more organic material, planted too deep and likely too many salts..) The question I have is regarding the rotting of the roots, that is, they were rotting from the crown down and yet the deeper/lower half of the roots in the pot still looked vibrant and healthy - why is this as opposed to the whole root withering (can the roots "tuber-off" and create new shoots)?. Also, I figure the crown is the one part of the plant that likes to be kept dry, is this correct?
Thanks for your time.

Peace lolly taking over the world!

Hi,

I have successfully kept my peace lolly for about 5-6 years now, although my track record with house plants is not good and I've had to rescue it from the brink a few times! It gets bigger and I re-pot it, then it gets bigger again. I don't mind so much as its a beautiful plant. But am I doing the right thing?! It is now in quite a large pot which is 38inches in circumference and it needs reporting again. I'm going to start struggling to find pots big enough soon!
Thanks

Emily

P.Lily taking over...

I have had a peace lily for many, many years, and recently found out that in order to keep from getting bigger & bigger plants, you just need to
separate them. Cut your main potted plant down to 2 or 3(or more if the pot is very large) of the main bulbs or stalks and plant the others in separate pots of 2 to 3 stalks. They make great gifts if you have way too many! :) Hope this helps.

Peace Lily Partial Droop

My husband got me two peace lilies for Mother's Day, one plant is doing great, but then other one, not so much. Part of the plant is drooping, but the majority of it looks great. I'm not over watering it, and it was off to the side of a window and I moved it away to a more shaded area to see if that would help, but it hasn't. What causes a peace lily to partially droop? The plants were purchased from Home Depot and are big and vibrant with several blooms on them. I can't think of what I could have done in such a short amount of time.

Try moving your peace lily to

Try moving your peace lily to the bathroom–it likes lower light and higher humidity than many plants. You do, however, need to offer a window with low-to-medium light (or, possibly invest in fluorescent light bulbs).

Peace lilly plant

I have a peace lilly plant that I re-potted and watered with Miracle-Gro since then the plant has went limp and doesn't seem like it coming back to life.

Peace Lily Care

Just like everyone else here, I have a Peace Lily that needs help. My Mom gave it to me the end of 2014, it was huge with a White Bloom. I have not seen a bloom since. I realize after reading the earlier post, I may be watering and feeding too much. I've been giving it Miracle Grow every two weeks when I can remember, in 2 qts of water. I now realize that was a mistake. How much water is adequate? Can I use bottled water since the tap water may not be good for it? Is it due for a repotting? It currently sits in a Black pot that it was purchased in with a saucer underneath. I water from the top and let the water run down. So from what I read here, the best is to pour water in saucer and water from bottom up? I also have it in the kitchen, next to a sliding glass door with closed blinds. Should I move it to my den, that has only one window? I appreciate any help and advice you can give, to help my Green Buddy.

Make sure that the plant has

Make sure that the plant has soil with high organic content, let it dry out a bit between waterings (don’t keep it soaked or constantly “wet”; this is worse than no water, aka water stress), back off the fertilizer to every couple of months and use a 20-20-20 lightly; and give the plant bright, filtered (not direct) sunlight. Also, this plant tends to prefer a warm environment (70°F to 75°F), following a cool (60°F to 65°F) few months.

Are clay pots good for Peace

Are clay pots good for Peace Lilly's? I usually water about once a week, but just changed to a clay pot. Do I need to water more? Also, I've had mine for a little over 3 years, and its grown very slow. Still healthy, but can I speed up the growing process some? Another question, do they like to be root bound or in bigger pots? My plants roots are minimal, so I don't want to put it in a huge pot if its gonna make it worse. Thanks!

You may need to water your

You may need to water your plant more frequently in a clay pot. Just make sure to keep the soil damp but not too wet. If the peace lily becomes rootbound transplant it to a slightly bigger pot.

Hi, I notice a few spadix

Hi, I notice a few spadix near the base of my peace lily but there is no spathe enclosing it. It is wedged inside the stem of the leaf. Is this normal? Thank you.

Neighbor gave me a Peace Plant

My neighbor gave me a PP for helping her with all her plants when she goes on her vacations. It is 20" tall.it is in a East window but gets indirect light, only a couple of leaves have small brown spots. Can I just remove the brown spots or do I have to remove the whole leaves also can I water it with the watering bulbs ? And if so do I keep the water bulbs full @ all times ?? This is my first PP.HELP PLEASE

Brown spots on leaves and

Cut off the brown sections on the leaves and cut the stalks only if they also are brown. Brown spots on leaves are usually caused by too much water and/or fertilizer and too much light. Water your plant only when the soil is dry and move it away from bright windows.

Peace lily

I've had mine since a tiny baby for mothers day ,3 years ago its gone berserk, its massive only thing at the very tips are brown its always flowering I repotted last year now I have to do again what causes brown tips thanks

brown tips on peace lily

You’re not the only one who has this problem! See answers below.

peace lily white flowers

My peace lily is beginning to bloom now and as the white flowers have reached their full development there are dark brown spots appearing on them. The spots on some of the white flowers are in the middle and one has a blotch of dark brown at the tip. These spots do not smear when I rub them. What do you think they are?

Brown spots is a sign of

Brown spots is a sign of aging. Once the flower gets brown spots, it is time to remove it.

New Owner: Watering question

So I recently got a peace lily, and have been doing some research on how to properly care for it. Many sites and sources are recommending that I water about once per week. When I do water it, how much water should I give it at a time?

If you water once a week soak

If you water once a week soak the plant but don’t let it sit in water. Make sure to have a saucer under the pot to catch any overflow.

Bare space at bottom of plant

I was given a peace lily about 25 yrs. ago by a good friend. It has been transplanted 2-3 times. It doesn't bloom much, maybe 1-2 flowers a year at different times of the year. At the bottom the stems are bare and have nubs? on them. Does it need to be transplanted? Seems to be outgrowing the pot it is in, about 16 in. in diameter. It is pretty healthy looking. I had it in front of a west facing window and have since moved it to a more indirect shady place since reading different directions. Please help, we love this plant.

Make sure that the plant has

Make sure that the plant has soil with high organic content, let it dry out a bit between waterings (don’t keep it soaked or constantly “wet”; this is worse than no water, aka water stress), back off the fertilizer to every couple of months and use a 20-20-20 lightly; and give the plant bright, filtered (not direct) sunlight. Also, this plant tends to prefer a warm environment (70°F to 75°F), following a cool (60°F to 65°F) few months.

Brown leaves and flower and drooping leaves

Is it ok for me to remove the dead leaves and blooms? My sister gave it to me after her animals wouldn't stay away from it and since I have had it it's gotten darker. This was a peace lily given to us at my mother's funeral and I want to make sure it lasts. Another major question is, is this particular plant toxic to animals? I have a cat and I was wondering if she got near it or touched it or even tried to lick it, will it hurt her? I've been keeping it in another room that gets indirect natural light and the blinds are close and this sits on the opposite side of the room than the windows. What can I do to make this plant healthy and back to being vibrant? Last question is my sister was using plant stakes (the little green fertilizer sticks) to fertilize this plant, is that the wrong kind of fertilizer or should I be using something different?! Thanks.

Hi Ellen,

Hi Ellen,

Yes, you can remove the dead leaves and blooms. And yes, peace lilies are toxic to cats and dog. Please see the ASPCA website at aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/peace-lily.

Indirect light is good for the lily and just make sure not to overwater the plant. Remove the fertilizer spikes and use a general house plant fertilizer (20-20-20) at one-half recommended strength about once a month during spring and summer.

"leggy" peace lilly stalks

How do I repot a peace lilly that has developed long stalks without leaves? Do I repot with soil at the top of the stalks, or at the bottom of the new leaves. It is very large and still blooms fine

Drooping Peace Lily

I recently purchased a peace lily for inside the house. It's sitting on the window sill and I only water it when the soil feels dry; maybe 2 times per week plus I mist the leaves every once in a while. It has recently started drooping. What should I do?

Blooms

My peace lilies blooms have turned brown and one is drooping. The leaves are healthy and green. what do I need to do about the brown blooms.

browning blossoms

It sounds like your blooms have just reached the end of their life, especially if the white blossoms turned green and then brown. Each blossom lasts about a month. When they turn brown, carefully prune out the blossom and its flowering stalk at the base of the plant, being sure not to nick the leaves or other flower stalks. If you think that something else is going on other than aging flowers, then you might check the watering – make sure you are not giving too much; let the soil dry a bit between waterings. Also check the light level – the plant should not be in direct sunlight. Also, if you are using tap water, it could be the salts in the water – try distilled water.

Blooms on my peace lily

I have had my peace lily almost a year now...I received following my dads death in late April 2015. It's very healthy the leaves are green and new ones appear often. I just wish it bloomed like it did last summer. I would love to keep this plant going strong for as long as possible.

I received a peace Lily after

I received a peace Lily after the passing of my father. I notice that some of the leaves have small holes in some of the leaves. What should I do abot the holes on my plant.

peace lilly

I received a large peace Lilly about a month ago from my aunts funeral. I have repotted it and it has been in the house. The weather got nice so I moved it outside. Now it looks pitiful. All the leaves and stalks have completely fell over. What do I need to do?

Make sure the soil is moist

Make sure the soil is moist (not too wet or too dry). Keep the plant indoors until it perks up. When you moved it outdoors it may have been too cold or hot or the change in temp. from indoors to the outside air may have caused your problems.

peace lily

my friend gave me a rather large peace lily. The bottom leaves started turning yellow. should I cut them off or should I repot the plant .

Sometimes dying bottom leaves

Sometimes dying bottom leaves is natural, as part of the aging process. Or your plant might be suffering from low humidity, often indicated by brown leaf tips. Be sure to mist your plant every so often. Also, be sure that the plant is in indirect sunlight–direct sunlight can burn the leaves (yellow and brown areas).

I've got a peace lily that I

I've got a peace lily that I've had since 1998 since my grandma died & with in the last month or 2. The peace lily has drooped & we have replanted it & we have used the same pot to replant it in which has been an 8 inch pot. Can the peace lily be split in half & plant again or what. We have talked with a person who works @ a greenhouse & I was informed that it needed to watered until it was heavy & I've done what she has said to do. I'm wondering what we should do about it. The leaves r brown. My friend also told us that the largest pot that we can use is a 10 inch pot. Now when we replanted it about a month ago. We had noticed that the dirt that was in the 8 inch pot was dripping wet because when we squeeze the soil, it was nothing but dripping water. My dad thought that maybe we have been over watering it but. I don't think that we r.
What do u suggest.

Not an expert but this is what I've done and it seems to work

I have a peace lily that I recv'd from my grandfathers funeral 3 years ago. I found that in the begging I had been over watering it. I now water it every 3 days and use apx a 16oz cup. If your soil is dripping wet, to me you're over watering it. If you look at the info above it states to keep it moist but not over water. A general rule of thumb is that the plant will absorb what it needs. So since you have so much extra water it seems like it's to much water. Also we have our plant in a pot that's apx 12inches in diameter. I hope this helps.

I've had a peace lily for

I've had a peace lily for about a month now. Some of the leaves are drying up even though I am keeping it watered. At first I followed the advice to water once a week but since I noticed the bottom leaves are shrivelling I started to give it some water every 2-3 days. I don't want to overwater it. But still the bottom leaves are shrivelling more and many of the bigger leaves have dry tips. What can I do???

leaf troubles

Sometimes dying bottom leaves is natural, as part of the aging process. But best guess: your plant might be suffering from low humidity, often indicated by brown leaf tips. Be sure to mist your plant every so often. Also, be sure that the plant is in indirect sunlight–direct sunlight can burn the leaves (yellow and brown areas). Brown spots on leaves and dropping leaves may indicate spider mites–check for tiny webs; if present, wash the leaves with a splash of water, and then you might try insecticidal soap. Also make sure that you haven’t given the plant too much fertilizer. Overwatering can cause browning leaves–only water when the soil feels mostly dry, then water so that it flows through the drainage holes (and make sure the pot is draining properly); you are right, though, that underwatering can cause leaves or leaf edges to yellow. Be sure your plant is in temperatures above 60F; ideal temps are around 68 to 85F in day and 10 degrees less than day temp at night.

panicking

My mother passed a year ago. She had a green thumb. I am trying to live her legacy with having some plants. The peace lily I got from her funeral is dying. Babies are popping up daily but the bigger leaves are turning brown. HELP ME PLEASE. I don't want to loose this plant

Have you tried moving it out

Have you tried moving it out of the light? Remove only the leaves with exposed bases near the bottom of the plant that have turned brown. Also to tend to the baby plants just remove the plant from the pot and kind of shake it to remove soil and reveal the roots to where the new babies are. Separate them and repot the old one and pot the new ones.
My grandmother left two peace Lilly's in the dining room when she moved out of our home. The two plants had been in our dining for every family dinner and holiday I can remember. She told me has had them for 20 years. Anyway they were almost dead when I did my final walk thru before the house was knocked down, one was actually dumped on the floor. I'm not Great with plants either but I was able to save them and not only that have about 5 new plants on top of the two "heirloom" Lilly's.
Don't over water them and keep them out of the direct sunlight. The floor near a window has worked for me.

Peace Lily blooms are green not white like they were when i boug

The plant looks good. A little brown on the tips of there leaves but other wise it looks good I reported it when I brought it home it was a small plant and has new leaves growing all the time but still the blooms are green.

Too much or too little water

Too much or too little water can cause brown leaves. Too much fertilizer can also make the leaves turn brown. Please see our “care” section above fo more growing tips.

I recently just received a

I recently just received a peace Lilly and I keep it in a self watering pot in the corner where light cannot reach it. Now I have noticed the leaves turning yellow. What should I do? Is it because of the pot I have it in or no light?

Peace lily

I have a peace Lilly that has buds that have crystals on the buds that look like sugar they will not open I have nine on plant right now they turn brown but will not open

Make sure the plant is moist

Make sure the plant is moist but not soggy and that there is good air circulation around the plant. Check for mealybugs or aphids on leaf undersides and near flower buds. These insects excrete honeydew and can keep buds from opening. 

Peace Lily

Good afternoon, I received my peace lily 3yrs ago when my father passed, it's dropping really really bad and I'm starting to panic PLEASE HELP what can I do to save my dad.

Drooping peace lilies often

Drooping peace lilies often indicate dry conditions. When you water it, make sure to give it a good gulp, with adequate drainage. Have you repotted it recently? The roots could be overtaking the bottom, reducing drainage.

Peace-Lily

I also recieved a Peace Lily plant after my husband's death 2 weeks ago. UPS left it on the front porch on a night when the temps went to -8 degrees, when I discovered it the next morning, the soil and root ball was frozen solid. The Plant company replaced it (and it is close to 50 degrees warmer today). But once the soil unfroze on the original, I cut off all of the dead leaves to about 2 inches, found one tiny green shoot. What are the chances that the frozen Lily might eventually recover.

Peace lily chances

Sorry for your loss. This is a popular plant for such occasions.

As to your question, we’ll lay odds at 50-50 that the whisp of plant survives.

The fact is, it is impossible for us to know. Peace plants are lovely plants that enjoy warm, tropical conditions—ideally 75°F to 80°F. Many suffer at near freezing temps, never mind the below freezing conditions, such as yours endured.

The ability of the shoot to survive seems slim—but you never know. Give it lots of TLC: bright, indirect light and warmth. (Same goes for the replacement.)

All the best.

To give you some insight, we

To give you some insight, we had the same thing happen. The one Valentines Day my husband chose to acknowledge was the year he gave me a peace lily. Fast forward to use moving cross country, we were met with a wind chill of 5f one evening in the desert. I sat in the hotel and cried over killing my plant. When we got to California, my husband cut it down, replanted it in new soil and placed a watering bulb in it. We saw a tiny sprout about a week later then no movement for about 3 weeks. It's approximately 2 months since "the accident" and I just got a text from my husband telling me that my peace lily seems to have grown overnight! The sprout grew and there's 3 mini leaves!! We keep it on our sunny windowsill in SoCal climates! Have faith, name, and speak to your PL. :)

Peace lilly care

I'm seeing yellow and spotted leaves on my peace lilly. The room has some sun light during the day and the temp is normally warm.

Listen to the Goldilocks Lily

Hi, Curl: Peace lilies are pretty resilient, but they thrive best in “not too much, not too little, but just right” conditions. Usually these spots are caused by overfertilizing or overwatering, but sometimes they can be caused by (ironically) not enough humidity. Try moving your lily into even less sun. Try a place a little cooler if possible. Listen to your lily: Don’t water until it droops. Folks often find that a bathroom is a great place to bring a little peace to a peace lily, helping it to get back on its feet before it goes out into the real world again. Good luck!

Peace lily with yellowing leaves

I found the peace lily that had been growing at my parent's house for many years with yellowing leaves and had begun to smell. With help, as the plant is nearly 4' tall, we tried to repot it and found the roots rotting from too much water. We rinsed the roots, then let them dry in the sun for about 30 minutes, repotted the plant and after a couple weeks it came around.

82ivm

My plant has brown on the edges of flowers. What should I do? The leaves are fine.

Soil Moisture

I have just purchased a Peace Lily today and, in regards to keeping the soil moist, should i base this on the surface soil or the soil of the root zone? Thank you for any help!

Watering Peace Lilies

Check the soil surface. If it is dry, water the pot thoroughly, but make sure it can drain. You don’t want the plant to be sitting in soggy soil. After a thorough soaking, let the soil dry out again. If your plant starts to droop, it is likely telling you that it is thirsty, and time for another watering. In winter, water the plant less.

My Peace Lily is growing but

My Peace Lily is growing but they are growing with a bend and I am not sure of what to do.

Light requirements

Plants grow toward a source of light. If that light is coming from one side, rather than above, the plant will bend toward it. Could it be that your Peace Lily is doing this? If so, be sure to turn the pot every so often, so that different sides of the plant are pointed toward the light at different times.

Lilly plant

I don't no much about Lilly plant's how can you tell what kind of Lilly you have mine is like a redish orange color do you no what kind of Lilly that would be

Hi Sophia,

Hi Sophia,

Go to our lily page at http://www.almanac.com/plant/lilies to see other varieties of lilies. You may also do a google search for red or orange lily images to see if you can find one that looks like yours. Visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com/lilies to see lots of photos of lilies.

Lilly plamt

Hi I received a Lilly for Christmas and now the whole stalk of the plant is dead and the flowers have dried up and fell off is this normal I don't water it much as u no there not supposed to have much water and I don't have it in direct sunlight... Should I cut the dead stalk off at a 45 degree angle to save my plant what do I do, and how can you tell if the plant has to much water or if it needs to be watered so I don't over water it please help me save my Lilly..

Peace Lilly's

My Peace Lillys are17 years old and in the last six months three of them have all but died. Thoughts? We have a well (no water changes I can think of), light the same, placement in the house the same... I have transplanted them, cut them back and moved them to a controlled grow light. Some have started to come back others still look sad.

Fertilizer

Try "Recharge", it's a fertilizer you can acquire from Amazon. It has a lot of great ingredients, it brought new growth to my house plants... A little goes a long way.

The lilies to best in

The lilies to best in indirect light and the soil needs to be lightly moist. Lilies also need new fresh soil about once a year. Repotting is best done in the spring. See our planting and care tips on top of this page.

Peace Lily

how do you tell if you have an indoor or outdoor peace lily

The peace lily is a tropical

The peace lily is a tropical plant that can be grown outdoors year-round in USD plant hardiness zones 11 and 12. In colder areas the peace lily can be brought outdoors during the summer months but should be potted up and moved indoors before temperatures approach 40 degrees F. in the fall, which could damage leaves and roots.

Peace Lily Fertilizer

What kind of fertilizer do you recommend for this type of plant? If not a name brand than what chemical make up?

Feed the the lily about once

Feed the the lily about once a month with a 20-20-20 house plant fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer with water to ¼ of the recommended dilution rate. Too much fertilizer can burn the roots.

I received my peace lily from

I received my peace lily from my mom's funeral on Dec. 3rd and I have been noticing the lilies are turning brown and some of my leaves are browning and drying out I have been watering it only to find out that today Dec. 30 my plant was sitting in a bag in the basket and the water wasn't draining properly so I removed the bag and the basket and have the pot itself sitting in a plant stand if it dries out some will it be okay?? Please help me save my plant

Hi Crystal,

Hi Crystal,

 

Yes, your plant should be OK now. Please read our tips at the top of this page on how to care for the lily.

Peace Lilly.

Crystal I am sorry to hear about your mother. I too lost my mother just two weeks ago and received the same plant and mine is also turning brown. Thank you for posting this comment because sure enough mine is in a plastic bag also.

Fertilizer

What type/brand of fertilizer should I use?

Baby Peace Lily Problems

Good Morning,
I had a peace lily from my Aunt's funeral over two years ago. About 9 months or so ago I completely over watered it and killed most of it (rot EVERYWHERE). I was devastated. I managed to save a small sprout of it that had grown off to the side. At first this thing was sprouting leaves left and right leaving me to believe that I had saved the last bit of my Peace Lily. Then, one by one the new leaves would turn yellow and fall off. Once a new leaf grew, another would crumble away. I have 10 leaves total and its been that way for a couple month but now a few of them have started to shrivel up and turn brown along the edges. Is this normal? What can I do to help my Peace Lily grow big and strong??

Hi Danielle,

Hi Danielle,

Make sure that the soil is welldraining and moist, not wet. Brown leaf tips are common with excessive light or over fertilization. Move the plant away from the window to a spot with indirect light.

 

plants,their names and meanings

love all about flowers. keep it up guys...

Peace Lilies

I have returned home after being gone for week. I noticed a musty mold smell in my home. Can peace lilies or other house plants cause this smell? My peace lily is about 2.5-3 feet tall. I removed the plant from my home and began spraying a homemade air freshener with baking soda, fabric softner and water hoping to remove the smell. I bought the plant on sale at the end of summer last year. I have taken many trips before buying the plant and never noticed the smell when I returned. I also started having severe migraines a few months ago. Could all this be from the peace lily? If it is the peace lily is there something I can do to keep from discarding the plant?

No peace with this lily...

Hi, Angel, You have not described the plant at all. How’s the soil? Could it have had too much water and so gotten moldy? Do you see deterioration (rot!) on it at all? If the plant is not showing signs of decay, it may not be the source of the smell. Also, your past experience suggests it’s not the plant.

Try one more thing: close examination of the plant: the aroma would probably be stronger up close, too—another sign; if no smell up close, then again, it’s probably not the plant.

You’ve probably thought of the alternatives: Is the smell in every room? Can you isolate the general, or specific, area? That might help, too. Could something have spilled and dampened something that is out of sight?

On a completely different track, how about asking a friend/neighbor to come in and help you to identify the smell. Don’t think of it as embarassing; every home has some funny smell at some time or another.

Hope you find the solution!

Peace lily

I've had my plant since my Dads funeral 1997, it's very precious to me and my son talks to it all the time!

Can I put multiple lilies together in a pot?

I purchased 5 small lilies as decorations for an event that I hosted and they're in glass containers. They need to be put into permanent pots, but I was wondering if it would be OK if I put all of them into one large pot as opposed to 5 separate smaller pots?

Hi Emily,

Hi Emily,

Yes, you can plant the lilies in one big pot. Just make sure to follow the planting and care advice on this page.

After the lilies grow bigger you may need to transplant them to individual pots.

Remove entire stalk or cut out brown spots

I am trying to revive my sister's peace lily she received from our grandfather's funeral. Some of the leaves from this now pitiful looking plant have brown areas on the edges of the leaves. Do I cut the entire stalk down, or should I cut the area only where the leaf has the browned?

Cut off the brown sections on

Cut off the brown sections on the leaves and cut the stalks only if they also are brown. Brown spots on leaves are usually caused by too much water and/or fertilizer and too much light. Water your plant only when the soil is dry and move it away from bright windows.

 

Peace lily pollen

When the sun shines on the floor around my peace lily I notice a hazy area. Walking on it in bare feet I realized that it was sticky. Is that the pollen? Is it a pest? How do I keep,the plant and save the floor?

Sticky leaves on Peace Lily

Yep, that sticky floor is from your peace lily. Or, rather, it’s from insect scale infestation on your plant. Drench your plant (leaves and stem) until it’s dripping wet, and then repeat 5 days later.
After that, you can also spray the plant with a mix of 1 part rubbing alcohol with 8 to 10 parts of water. Add a little liquid soap to help it spread. Fully cover the leaves.
 

Peace liky

I got my two peace lily in May when my mom passed away I would really like to keep them alive. The big one seems to be doing pretty good but the smaller one I think has gotten too much water I have quit watering it waiting on the soil to dry out but leave keep dying off and the root is rotten when I take it to throw it away. Is this peace lily too far gone? With it being fall can I still maybe replant it with some fresh soil and save it? What do I do?

Lift the lily out of the pot

Lift the lily out of the pot, remove all yellow or brown leaves and rinse the rootball under water. Cut off all of the brown rotting roots and then soak the roots in warm water for a few minutes. Repot the plant in fresh soil in a pot that is just a little bit bigger than the rootball.

I have an indoor peace lily

I have an indoor peace lily that has been growing and flourishing and blooming regularly for the past 5 years. Now I find that all around it, on the bottom leaves, something has been eating the leaves down to the stems. This has never happened in all the time that I have had it. What is happening? What do I do?

Peace lilies usually don’t

Peace lilies usually don’t have many pests. You may see aphids, spider mites or mealybugs. Wiping the leaves regularly with soapy water may help.

My peace Lilly has one big

My peace Lilly has one big leaf that is mostly yellow with some brown spots and another big leaf that shares the same stem that is mostly green but looks like it is turning yellow. The big stem holding both discolored leaves is yellow. The rest of the leaves are green, but the tips are brown. Any ideas what is wrong?

I have just finished

I have just finished transplanting my Peace Lily as recommended. Its got beautiful new soil. I did this about 4 days ago and the top of the soil has white stuff on it like the soil is bad?

What should I do. The leaves are drooping but I felt that was due to the transplant and will stand up again.

Is this plant done?

Regards
Arlene

What does the white stuff

What does the white stuff look like? Is it fuzzy or does it look sort of like crystals? Sometimes if one does not water deeply, salts in the water or fertilizer can accumulate on the top of the soil, forming a whitish crust. If too much builds up, it can hamper the plant's ability to absorb moisture, and can lead to disease. Make sure to water enough so that some comes through the bottom drainage hole of the pot, but do not let the plant sit in water or in soggy soil. This helps the water to flush out extra salts out of the soil. If there is a lot of buildup, remove the top crust down to about 1/2 inch deep if needed, but do not disturb any roots.

But, if the white stuff looks fuzzy, as if it were a fungus, then monitor your plant. Some fungi are harmless, but others might attack the plant. Make sure that your soil is moist but not wet--soggy conditions can encourage fungus to grow. (You might let the soil dry a tiny bit for now, but not enough to hurt the plant.) Also, make sure that there is plenty of air circulation to discourage fungi. If it looks like the plant is suffering from the fungus, you might want to see if it can handle another transplanting into sterile potting soil and a sterile container. Good luck!

Hi. I've had this peace lilly

Hi. I've had this peace lilly for a while and really like it as it's easy to maintain. Have not had any issues with it so fa and was very excited when it bloomed this spring/ summer for the first time (after 2 years I've had it!). I have just repotted it into a much bigger pot. It used to be in a 7" one and I've just bought a 10.5" to repot it into. I didn't know it was not advised to change the pot to a much bigger size, I thought actually I was treating it to it ;) anyway, the leaves seem to have drooped and it looks a bit sad.. I have watered it a lot today until the water started dripping down the bottom (I've only found this website today, trying to find advice) and it seems it has perked up a bit. The leaves seem quite weak when I touch them though, they used to be quite sturdy and shaped, now just seem a bit lifeless. Would you advise to repot it again into a bit smaller pot or should I leave it for now and see how it gets on? Thank you for your advice in advance, Celina

Leave the lily in the bigger

Leave the lily in the bigger pot. It should do fine. Do not overwater, just keep the soil moist.
 

Hi my mother passed away

Hi my mother passed away about a year ago and I got a peace lily plant that she had for a couple years. When I got it was almost dead I just got it coming back to life .So my cats broke the pot that it was in it was already struggling before that. I just got it to starting to sprout leaves. it is now turning into fall and I had to repot it I obviously got new soil about the same size pot and I was just want to know if anybody has had the same issue and what am I too expect what can I do to prevent it from dying on me further, is there anyone that can help?

My peace lily has lot all the

My peace lily has lot all the big leaves and has grown a bunch of little leaves to where it is very overcrowded and including stems may only be getting 6-12 inches tall. It was a big gorgeous plant when I bought it and have just had so much trouble keeping it alive. I can't even take care of an "easy to grow" plant :( Leaves do look nice and healthy as far as I can tell. I believe it had said indirect bright light but usually it doesn't get much as when it does it gets sad and then when it doesn't, sad again. Tried putting out on front porch in shade but so light would be bright and again, sad. What gives?? I am using tap water...maybe the fluoride? What do you suggest? I'm new with plants and willing to learn!

When you get smaller leaves,

When you get smaller leaves, this often suggests that you need to re-pot. In the winter when it's dormant, withhold water until it's dry.  Repot in rich soil (a mix of loam, peat moss, and sand). You could also divide at this time. When it resumes growth, keep the soil moist, not soggy or too dry. Usually this is once per week. At first, fertilize it about every other week with houseplant fertilizer; you can dilute this with water. Place the plant in strong, indirect light. Once it seems settled, fertilize once a month, except winter.

Also, don't forget to remove

Also, don't forget to remove fading blooms. If you do leave the flowers, the leaves will start coming out smaller. When you remove the flower, you also need to cut off the stalk as low as possible without cutting the leaf. Cut don't twist or pull.
If you do have chlorine in the water, we'd suggest that you let the plant's drinking water sit out overnight, then water in the morning.
All the best with your peace lily!

My todler has knocked over my

My todler has knocked over my peace lilly alot the leaves turned brown and I removed them and now there are no leaves at all. So is it dead or can I try to save it?

Hopefully you removed the

Hopefully you removed the leaves by snipping at the base of the stem. Try relocating it to a bathroom setting with indirect light for a while if you can; that's often good for perking up the Peace.

I'm trying to save a large

I'm trying to save a large peace lily for a friend. I got it Monday and gave it 1 1/2 cups. It was underwatered to the point of dehydration. It still drooped on Wednesday so I gave it another cup. It looks so much better. I've cut the dead leaves off. Some of the remaining leaves are still a bit curled and closed, but I'm nervous with over watering it. Is it ok if I keep giving it a cup a day? Should I just spritz the leaves now? How much is too much water? I'm trying to get it to the point of just watering it once a week. Once I get the plant healthy and the system down, I plan to give it back to her.

Also, I had placed the plant by my front porch window, so there is no direct sunlight. Is this ok or should I move it further into the room?

They do not like too much

They do not like too much Sunlight.It should do well near the window, just not directly in front

Hello everyone - from the new

Hello everyone - from the new kid in town! (Actually, I'm 60, but who's counting? LOL) I brought home a large peace lily from Mom's funeral in March 2010. I've repotted it only one time. It's even larger now, and seems to be doing "OK", but has sunken down in the pot so that it's at least 4" below the rim. From reading some of the comments in this column, it seems like I just need to remove the plant, add some new potting soil, and then put it back in the same pot. Is there more to it than that? Also, it has a BUNCH of little, short leaves that never get more than 3 - 4 inches tall. Should I cut those out? Thanks so much for any advice you have. Ed Parker :-)

It will be good for the plant

It will be good for the plant to be repotted. When you take it out of the old pot remove as much dirt from the roots as you can and see if you may want to divide the plant if it is rootbound. Get some new fresh potting mix and replant the lily in one or two pots. Do not prune the short leaves if they are healthy.

I was given a very large

I was given a very large potted peace lilly last year from a local bank. Its about 3-4ft in diameter and has a great many smaller upgrowing shoots. While it was in the bank they were lucky to see it flower once a year and then only 2-3 flowers would appear. I got it home and the first thing I did was thoroughly soak the plant with water. I did that every 10 days for a couple months and this plant rallied very well. The first flowering in my possession was 4 flowers. I snipped those off when they turned entirely green and it reflowered a month later with 7 flowers and since that time hasn't been out of flower at all. I did find one trick that seems to work very well. I filled the dish I keep under it with perlite and poured 2 gallons of water into that and instead of putting in nutrient sticks or straight fertilizer, I soak 2 sticks in a quart of water and then add another gallon on top of that to dilute it out. This plant has responded phenomenonly well to this treatment. It does have some browning on the leaves from a little too much sun but its mostly older leaves that are ready to be trimmed back to allow new growth in. I have it under my skylights but there wasn't anywhere else for a plant this big in my house. Its a beautiful, full plant and won't be going anywhere else any time soon.

What is the best to trimmed

What is the best to trimmed my peace Lily's with?Like scissor? And how far do I need to cut it to? I'm sure I have over water the plant because some leaves have turn
yellow and also I water my plant onces a week! And water

I Liked your article. What

I Liked your article. What type of lighting do you use for your peace lily. I just got a new one that is huge. In the past , I have not had very good luck with them. I don't know what I am doing wrong ( I can grow about anything). I have tried different water amount, different lighting, different temperatures and nothing has helped it to survive. I really want to keep this one as it was from my Uncle's funeral. Thanks for any advice you have.

I have a Peace Lily that I

I have a Peace Lily that I have had for quite some time. It is very healthy looking and grows very well. It gets a lot of sun and I water and feed it once a week. My question is that it hasn't flowered now for many years, am I doing something wrong?

Hi, it mentions that if you

Hi, it mentions that if you want it to flower move it to a darker room. It may be getting too much sun? Do some research but seems it can survive with little sunlight

Your Peace Lily has not

Your Peace Lily has not sprouted any flowers because it sounds like you keep in direct sunlight. Try moving it to a shaded area.

I purchased a Peace Lilly

I purchased a Peace Lilly several weeks ago. When I got it home I found water in the pot, which I emptied out. Now there are several leaves that are turning yellow. What am I doing wrong?

Hi, Pat, Peace lilies are

Hi, Pat, Peace lilies are tropical plants. They like warm (ideally 5°F to 80°F), moist conditions (humidity!), indirect light, and not too much water. Let it dry out a bit before watering.
It sounds like some aspect of its environment is not suitable.
Or, if you bought this when it was in a greenhouse environment, it may be adjusting to the new conditions in your house. You might ask the source from who you bought it if this is typical and how to help the plant to get through the transition.

My husband grandfather passed

My husband grandfather passed last month and we received a peace Lilly from the funeral and we enjoy it i have been reading about them and love it i have been taken care of very well but sadly noticed this morning that 2 out of my 3 lillies have brown spots what should I do. ...please help

Sometimes brown spots on

Sometimes brown spots on leaves might happen if the peace lily (which is not a true lily) is receiving too much light. Try moving it into a more shady spot. Brown leaf tips might also indicate too little water. Be sure to water deeply, so that the water reaches all of the soil, and comes out the drainage holes (keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged). Also, mist the plants regularly to maintain a moist environment. Avoid too much fertilizer; peace lilies are sensitive to it, and their leaves may develop brown areas. Keep the plant away from temperatures over 90 F.

I just recently re potted my

I just recently re potted my peace plant after 10 years. The plant has not produced the white flowers in a long time. I really honestly don't remember if it ever had the white flowers when it was given to me. Are there peace plants without the white flowers??? When I re potted I noticed, what looked like small yellowish bubbles in the soil, kinda like eggs. Since I have re potted, I feel like I might have killed it:(. I used miracle grow, because I wanted to see it thrive. It has only been a week. How long should I wait to see if some of the leaves will stand tall again? Also are the brown stalks normal?

Thank you
Irena M. Johnson

I have recently noticed that

I have recently noticed that a couple of the leaves on my peace lily get some dark spots and then the leaf turns yellow. What could be the cause of this and how do I prevent it from happening to the rest of the leaves? I've only had it for about a month and I'd really like to save it. Please help.

I just re potted my peace

I just re potted my peace Lilly. It's pretty old. I got it in 2004. Anyway I've re potted it a few times before and it's never done what it's doing now. It's drooping. The soil is moist but not wet. I used the same soil I always use: Miricle gro potting soil. My question is: how long should I expect this drooping to occur? If it droops for longer then normal is there something wrong with it besides the shock of being re potted? I feel wierd waiting to see if it perks back up because I feel like I should be doing something else for it. It's in a south facing window but due to an overhang it mainly gets indirect light.

Hi, Shaun: Assuming that the

Hi, Shaun: Assuming that the roots don't have some sort of disease and that your lily isn't potbound, this most likely has to do with water. If your lily is too wet, root hairs will rot -- but this doesn't seem to be the case here. Try giving it a really good dose of water (until saturated and drainage occurs) and see if it responds. If not, then carefully repot it in a new batch of soil in a larger container, and again water to saturation. These should be well watered every 2 or 3 days, depending on size. Indirect light is perfect, but not too much. And, of course, give it a really thorough visual inspection to make sure that it is not hosting something bad. Good luck!

One of my leaves is almost

One of my leaves is almost completely brown. Why and should I do?

Hi, Donna: Remove the leaf by

Hi, Donna: Remove the leaf by snipping it at the base of the stem. If it is only one leaf, it could have some sort of infestation or, for example, is it the only one that is getting burned by a lot of direct sun? Most of the time, this has to do with watering. They need to be kept well-watered (that is, constantly) but not with too much. Sometimes it helps to remember that they are a marsh plant (soil), not an aquatic plant (water), so you need to make sure that your plant is not swimming. Give a snip, and good luck!

I have a peace lily and the

I have a peace lily and the leaves were all eaten by caterpillers, only stems are left. Is there anything I can do to bring it back?

I have a giant peace lily

I have a giant peace lily that even though the leaves appear to be healthy and green with new ones sprouting, they seem to be much too heavy for their stems and never really stand up anymore. New leaves sprouting start small and as they grow larger, the stem will begin to bend.

I have a peace lily plant and

I have a peace lily plant and some of it's leaves have turn brown & harden, can I cut them off & how?

Hi, Marilyn: Sure -- just use

Hi, Marilyn: Sure -- just use sharp scissors or clippers to snip off each brown leaf stem at its bottom. Remember to keep your plant well watered and out of too much sun/light for best growth. It's a swamp plant at heart!

How do I get my peace lily

How do I get my peace lily back to life because it okay but looks like the white flower is droupping on me because I transplanted it almost week ago in a different pot and its indoor plant so what do I do now I wanter and it not dryed out or anything how do I get back to life

I have a peace lilly and it

I have a peace lilly and it was in my dinning room window now its droopy I was wobdering if they do well in bathrooms

Yes, a peace lily is often a

Yes, a peace lily is often a good choice for a bathroom because it likes lower light and higher humidity than many plants. You do, however, need to offer a window with low-to-medium light (or, possibly invest in fluorescent light bulbs).

I have a 12 year old peace

I have a 12 year old peace lily and over the years she's been in partial sunlight, shade and under the florescent lights at work. Work is moving us to a different location with no windows or florescent lighting. How do i keep her from dying? If i take her home, she'll die for sure. Help!

Hi Jamie, Your best option is

Hi Jamie,
Your best option is to take the plant home and to put it in a spot that gets some sunlight and maybe install a couple of flourescent bulbs. Set the lights on a timer so that the plant gets about 16 hours of light per day.

I bought a peace lily and

I bought a peace lily and brought it to work on a cold day. I had it in a tall bag but some leaves and blossoms were hanging over the top (I did not think to cover it). The plant looked great when I left home for work but by the time I got to my office, the "veins" in the blossoms that were hanging out started turning brown and got worse throughout the day.

It's now a week later and some of the affected blossoms are starting to turn completely brown and one is "shedding" a white powder. Additionally, the tips of the leaves that were hanging out of bag are turning black. The good news is the blossoms that were not hanging out of the bag (the majority) are perfectly fine as are the other leaves.

Should I prune the blossoms that are turning brown? If so, where should I cut them? The same question applies to the leaves as only the tips are brown; the rest of the leaf and stem are fine.Thanks!

I just repotted my peace

I just repotted my peace Lilly she looked awful leaves turning yellow and dying more every day ...I won't her to live . It's winter and all I could get was pet moss a large bag fertilize with miracle grow . Will that be ok ??? And my pot has no holes I put her in is that gonna be a problem ?? HELP PlEASE

For peace lilies it is

For peace lilies it is recommended to mix one part potting soil  with one part peat moss and one part sand. It is important that the soil drains well and stays moist. It is also very important to have drainage holes in the pot so that water doesn't collect in the bottom of the pot.

Peace Lily

I just repotted my peace lily the pot has no hole the leave that was brown i pull off some of the buds are leaning over what am i doing worng

You might want to repot into

You might want to repot into a pot with a drainage hole, or drill a hole into the one you have, as good drainage is important. Make sure the plant is in indirect sunlight and that the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Help!! I received a Peace

Help!!

I received a Peace Lily from work and it was seriously out growing the pot.
I thought like most house plants I could soak the clipping in water to create new root. But it is now the leaves are turning yellow and drooping
How can I save this plant and create a new root ball?

Thank you
JC

Only repot the peace lilies

Only repot the peace lilies if you see roots growing out of the bottom of the pot or the plant starts pushing out of the soil on the top. They like to be rootbound.

I have a nice big and always

I have a nice big and always fresh and blooming peace lily for 5 yrs. I potted it in biggest pot I could buy and carried. It is really heavy now and there is no space for my plant in it's pot any more however it still growing and blooming. If I want to divide it I think I will hurt the roots, leaves and flowers. Tell me please what is the best way to divide and repot my big beautiful peace lily

Mamk, I have to divide mine

Mamk,
I have to divide mine every two or three years. I wait until it's fairly dry, and gently remove the whole plant from the pot. Then I gently separate the plants ( usually have 4 to 6 crowded in a pot) and repot everything in new potting soil/sand mixture. I've never lost any of them, and my friends love it - they get free plants! This is my favorite house plant - virtually care-free. I keep it groomed by trimming the spent flowers at the bottom of the stalk, and trimming leaves that sometimes get brown from a little too much light or look old. It rewards me by multiplying.

The peace lily was dying in

The peace lily was dying in my boss's office. Im trying to bring back to life but the blooms are small and turn brown quickly. Can I feed it fresh cut flower food or what kind of food can I feed it?

If you are going to feed the

If you are going to feed the plant use a standard house plant fertilizer, such as 20-20-20, at 1/4 the recommended dilution rate. The roots as well as the leaves can burn if the fertilizer is too strong. Make sure that the soil is moist but do not overwater. See our care instructions above.

I have had my peace lily for

I have had my peace lily for about three months now. It is doing great no problems. I know I need to fertilize it every six weeks like you recommend. However I can not seem to find any house plant fertilizer that is 20-20-20. Can I use the Miracle Grow I use for my other house plants which is 24-8-16? If so what is the dilution rate? The box recommends 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water.

I have a peace lilly that I

I have a peace lilly that I took from my church. It is very large mostbof the leaves are brown and bend over. So I trimmed them off. Losten the soil and wateted it, it seem to have perked up. But now the rest of the leaves are doing the same, the white lily's now have turned brown. I need help I want to save this plant

I got a very root-bound peace

I got a very root-bound peace lily from my mom and divided it into 5 plants. They were all doing well, except the one I had in my bedroom. It was droopy so I thought it was too close to the heat vent. I moved it onto the window ledge (north facing, not too much sun) but it didn't help. Maybe too cold? (winter now). So I put it back downstairs in front of the same north facing window and now it is fine again! What could explain this? I"d like to have one in my room for air quality, but I'm not sure why it doesn't like it.

Hi Breccan, Peace lilies grow

Hi Breccan,
Peace lilies grow best in average room temperatures between 65° to 80°F. Make sure to keep the plant away from cold drafts in the winter.

I have two peace lilies. Now

I have two peace lilies. Now Ive noticed little black flies ... how do I get rid of them? Help please!

Hi Kassandra, The small flies

Hi Kassandra,
The small flies are probably fungus gnats. They are attracted to wet soil. Repot your plants with good quality potting soil in pots with drainage hole. Only water the plants when the surface of the soil is dry. Do not overwater.

My Peace Lily has looked

My Peace Lily has looked great for a year. It has the huge dark green leaves...no browning or yellowing. My problem is the stems from the leaf down to the soil looks broken and stripped off nearly. No animals, no insects I can see with a bright light. The leaves are starting to bend down too much now. It looks like more than half the plants stems are doing this now. What can I do?

I received a peace lily plant

I received a peace lily plant from my church on April 20, 2013, shortly after my Mum passed away. I have never had good success with plants except for the wandering Jew, and mother in laws tongue. I feared I was going to kill this beauty! Here it is a year and a half later, and it was doing fine, last week. I had only fertilized it once in the 18 months I had it, and it caused the plant to bloom again shortly after. I lightly water it on Sundays like I do my just add ice orchid that never flowers anymore. Both plants had deep green healthy leaves. I fertilized it a second time last week, about 6 weeks after the first time. I fear I have killed it. A couple days later all of the green healthy leaves that were standing up are wilted on all sides of the pot. The white blooms fell over too. I have drained water thinking I over watered, let it dry, added more in case it didn't have enough. Then I noticed it was root bound to it's pot. I had a pot of potting soil on my porch, just slightly bigger than the one it is in so I washed the old pot, rinced the soil through with water, and repotted it. However now I am thinking I should have just bought more soil because almost immediately I saw all these tiny ant like things start crawling over the leaves and stem. I do not know if they were in the plant, or the soil I potted it with. Maybe they are what is killing it? I need help please because I do not want these pests to kill my peace lily, or to get all over my house. How can I kill the pests, save the plant, and help it to flourish? I have noticed the wilting leaves are turning yellow. I have clipped off the brown tips, and removed brown, hard, stamen? From being wrapped inside some of the once flowered stems. It has always been on my kitchen center island above the sink. There are five windows across the walkway from it, but the windows never face the sun. Help please? I know it is almost Winter, but should I go buy a new pot and potting soil and repot again?

Hi Kelly, The insects

Hi Kelly,
The insects probably came in with the soil from the porch. We suggest that you get new fresh soil and disinfect the pot with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water or get a new pot. Get a soil mix that drains well while staying moist. Nearly any soil designed for houseplants will be good. If you see the insects on other plants spray with insecticidal soap.

Hi I've had my peace lilly

Hi I've had my peace lilly for 2years now its lovely with big green bouncy leaves but since the lillys died first time a few months after being bought it, the lillys have never grown back its on my dining room table away from sunlight but im afraid if I put it in my bathroom in indirect sunlight from frosted windows it might damage the leaves?

The lily will do better in a

The lily will do better in a bright spot out of direct sunlight. The bathroom sounds like a good place and the plant will enjoy the humidity in the bathroom. The leaves are not going to get damage from indirect sunlight. Keep the soil just moist at all times but not soggy wet.

I took a friends peace plant

I took a friends peace plant home to help revitalize it. The plant was from his grandfathers funeral. He knows nothing about caring for plants and has been trying to keep it alive. I have two peace plants of my own that are very healthy. Over the years Ive been successful with plants. However, Im stuck on what to do with my friends, I don't want it to die, especially as it came from his grandfathers funeral.

I replaced the plants soil with the exception of soil around the roots. It was root bound so I cut away some of the roots. (Im now reading I shouldn't have done that). The plant has 4 leaves all doing well, however the stalk it is growing out of a pale yellow stalk and other small stalks within the same pale yellow one are pale yellow. I water when the soil is dry. The stalk with the healthy green leaves is green. Do I cut those stalks down? If so, what will happen to the healthy part of the plant? I fertilized it in the past few days as I doubt my friend has in the last two years.

There will be 2 years in

There will be 2 years in December that I received my peace lily. It has only bloomed 1 time and the tips of the leaves are turning brown. It is located in the corner of my living room. What should I do about the brown tips and why is it not blooming?

The Peace Lily is native to a

The Peace Lily is native to a tropical environment so it's leaves may turn brown when it is in a setting without enough humidity (such as an air-conditioned or heated office). It is OK to trim the brown tips off, it won't hurt your Peace Lily.  Keep the soil moist and give it a daily misting to get its leaves wet. This may also help your lily to bloom. Also make sure that the lily gets enough light.

I have a peace lily that was

I have a peace lily that was left in the direct sun for several hours and a lot (but not all) of the leaves got scorched. Should I cut all of those leaves back at the base of the stem or leave the plant as is? Will cutting the bad leaves off help to stimulate new leaf growth faster? This lily is from my grandmothers funeral and I really want to save it and get it back to looking good. It was so pretty!

Hi, Christy: Just cut off

Hi, Christy: Just cut off what is brown and leave as much green as possible for photosynthesis. This will also help your lily focus its energy on growth. Try a bathroom setting with indirect light for a while if you can; that's often good for perking up the Peace.

Thank you! I will try that.

Thank you! I will try that. Should I fertilize it with anything or just keep watering as needed?

I read in one of your

I read in one of your responses that the pollen from Peace Lillys can be toxic to cats licking it off their fur - and of concern to me, that it can cause allergies in humans. I have COPD and breathing problems and while I want to include some plants in my home to improve air quality I'm wondering if the Peace Lily is the right plant or not?

Hi Karleen, The peace lily is

Hi Karleen, The peace lily is toxic only if large quantities of the leaves are eaten. You may enjoy this Almanac post on houseplants that improve air quality in the house: http://www.almanac.com/blog/ga...

I HAVE 2 PEACE LILLYS ITS 9

I HAVE 2 PEACE LILLYS ITS 9 MONTHS,,I HAVE HAD MUSCUS AND DRAINAGE THE 9 MONTHS ,,COULD I HAVE ALLERGIES TO THIS PLANT ??PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE ON KEEPING THEM ;;;;;;

I have had my peace lily for

I have had my peace lily for five years when I brought it in the house this season it start drooping need help

If it starts to droop that

If it starts to droop that means you have to water it more. And if it droops more, don't give up!

I have a peace lily that was

I have a peace lily that was doing bad and I repotted it and it seemed to do much better. Well I went out of town for a month and a family member up here told me that she would water it for me. Well when I came back all of the leaves were turning yellow and dying one by one. I would cut the stalk and the one beside it would turn yellow. I later found out that my sister in law was putting tea water in my peace lily. She said that it was good for the plant because of the anti oxidants. But it wasnt long after she did that, that the plant died. Is tea good or bad for peace lilies? If I had known that she was going to do that, I would have told her not to because the plant was from my fathers funeral.

Aagh! I need help. My peace

Aagh! I need help. My peace lily is having all sorts of problems. It has brown tip on most of the leaves. Some leaves are really yellow and droopy and if I pull on them they just come right out of the soil. I don't overwater and it's not in direct sunlight or near an air vent. I just reported it in the early spring. I don't know what to do and I don't want it to die since it was a plant that I received at my fathers funeral. Any advice on what to do?

Make sure that the plant has

Make sure that the plant has soil with high organic content, let it dry out a bit between waterings (don't keep it soaked or constantly "wet"; this is worse than no water, aka water stress), back off the fertilizer to every couple of months and use a 20-20-20 lightly; and give the plant bright, filtered (not direct) sunlight. Also, this plant tends to prefer a warm environment (70°F to 75°F), following a cool (60°F to 65°F) few months.

I have a beautiful peace

I have a beautiful peace Lilly that sits on our dining table. It's green and very healthy looking, new leaves that are nice and shiny. The only problem is that there is a kind of MOSS or MOULD sitting on top of the soil. I haven't watered it for a month or so. The pot has large pebbles in the bottom for drainage (no drainage hole in the pot) and has been potted with potting mix. It's approx 2 years old.
Can this mould be dangerous for your health or is this normal for a Peace Lilly? Thanks In advance

Hi Lowra. We recommend that

Hi Lowra.
We recommend that you transplant you lily into a pot with drainage holes. The water needs to flow freely when you water and not collect in the bottom of the pot. You can scrape the mold off the top of the soil and replace it with fresh soil. You can also spray the top of the soil with vinegar. Mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar into a gallon of water.

Perfect! Thanks so much. Just

Perfect! Thanks so much.
Just have to work out how to drill a hole in my pot?
Thank you

I just recently bought a

I just recently bought a peace lily that had so
Many flowers and fresh blooms and I put her in the most
Perfect place.. Or so I thought. A few days later
My two year old ripped every flower off while I was cooking dinner!!!! What do I do? Will the flowers ever grow back? And how long until then?

The blooms will come back.

The blooms will come back. It's usually a month or so btw blooms. At least, that's how it is for mine... Good luck!

I have had a peace lily for

I have had a peace lily for about 15 years it is in a large pot 2 ft high and recently started to grow long brown stalks some are straight some hang over the edge the plant is full of sticky sap under the leaves it looks like it is seeping(Leaking).It has many flowers but they never open they turn almost cream color then die off what do you think is happening

The lilies are sometimes

The lilies are sometimes susceptible to pests like aphids and mites. A sticky, slimy discharge and wilting leaves and flowers may be a sign that you have an insect pest.
Take the lily outdoors and spray it with a strong jet of water. Then spray the plant with insecticidal soap.

I have 2 Umbrella plants that

I have 2 Umbrella plants that were planted in lava rock,so they just sit in water.(doing great)I bought a Peace Lilly
for I was told it could be removed from the pot and just sit in water. Is this not the case? Thank you

Peace Lilies should never

Peace Lilies should never stand in water nor soggy soil. Get it out of the water and into potting soil.  

Hello! I have to small peace

Hello!

I have to small peace lily plants that have been in my bedroom for about a year - They are both healthy and doing well!

I think they are starting to get bigger and need to be repotted in a slightly larger pot, is it okay to pot them together? Or should they stay separate?

Also, it's end of summer (not spring) so I'm also wondering if it's an okay time to repot them.

I plan to use all purpose soil and a pot with holes for drainage.

Thanks!
Emily

jkhhhhWhen your plant’s roots

jkhhhhWhen your plant’s roots show or your peace lily seems to be drinking up all its water within a few days, re-pot into a larger container. Your plant may need to be gradually moved into larger and larger containers, but generally peace lilies won’t need to go into a pot larger than 10 inches. - See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/hou...

Only repot the peace lilies

Only repot the peace lilies if you see roots growing out of the bottom of the pot or the plant starts pushing out of the soil on the top. They like to be rootbound. When you transplant plant them into slightly bigger pots and don't plant the two lilies in one pot.
Spring is the best time to transplant.

Hi, I've had my peace lilly

Hi, I've had my peace lilly for over a year now and today I noticed these little bumps (kinds of like pimples) all over the stalks and leaves. I also noticed ants ALL over. Is this related somehow? How can I get rid of the bumps? Thank you so much!

It sounds like your peace

It sounds like your peace lily may be infested with scales. Try several applications of insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. We have also heard of spraying the leaves and stem with a diluted coffee solution for treatment.

Dear Almanac,I've recently

Dear Almanac,

I've recently purchased four magnificent quite large peace lily plants for indoors. A few days ago I developed allergic symptoms (itchy eyes, runny nose). Thinking the abundant pollen was the primary source, I carefully removed every spadix.

At the moment pollen remains in the room, so I'm not certain this has solved the issue, but it is better without Zyrtec spadix-less than on Zyrtec with them.

What say you? Any harm to the plant by this action?
Thank you!

Assuming that you are taking

Assuming that you are taking the Zyrtec and not feeding it to the plant, it doesn't seem like your consumption of allergy meds would hurt the plant.
 

they meant the spadix

they meant the spadix removial

My Peace Lily is over 18

My Peace Lily is over 18 years old. It is very sentimental as it was a gift at my brother's funeral and given by my now deceased grandmother. Ever since I repotted it, it has not done well. I believe I did put it in a too-big pot but it also gets brown tipped leaves and it is in a northwest facing corner with NO direct light. It hasn't bloomed in many years either. Can anyone tell me what to do other than replant it in a smaller pot? (I will do this soon) As of right now the soil in the pot is very wet but usually it is not. I'm at a loss, please help!

I am at a loss, but here's a

I am at a loss, but here's a suggestion. We got a peace lily from my mother-in-law's funeral. It refused to do well. I moved it to our bathroom, and it is flourishing like a champ!! I don't know if it's the indirect light (frosted windows), or if it's the humidity from the daily showers... All I know is it worked! Hope it works for you!!

My peace lily is drooping.

My peace lily is drooping. We have had it for a year and a half and not replanted it. At our old house, it did fine - it had indirect sunlight, the right watering. I had to leave it with my in-laws for a few months due to our out of state move. It returned rather depressed looking. Our house gets a lot of light and the rooms that have the best amount of space for a plant tend to be rather sunny rooms. I put it up on the balcony where it is out of all direct light (we have 3 dormer windows so the whole living room with balcony overlooking is bright, but the plant is not in direct light from a window...) Replanting is on the list to try, but it is mid-summer and we are getting some nice of new growth in the center of the plant. I am thinking of moving it. Bathroom is out as there are no windows in them, there are two bedrooms I can try as they only get morning light. Also, we haven't had flowers on it in about 10 months to a year. All that said, I see that winter is the next best time to re-pot the plant but how do I go about that? Do I just pull it out of the old pot, break up the roots a bit, and put it in a larger pot with new soil or do a whole change out and if so - how? I have never re-potted a plant that way. Any other advise would be most appreciated. Thanks!

It's good to repot a Peace

It's good to repot a Peace Lily plant every year or two, especially if you find the roots are crowded. (Slide the pot down to see if the roots are packed). However, Peace Lilies do like to be somewhat root-bound so just choose a pot 2 inches wider in diameter than original pot. Make sure your pot has drainage holes.
Buy a peat-based potting mix that contains perlite (or sand) and composted bark.
Fill your new pot with enough potting mix to raise your plant to the level you desire. Remove your plant from the original pot. (If it is difficult to remove, soak the pot in water for an hour.) Then, place the plant's root ball on surface of the new soil. Fill the sides of the pot, but you do not want to add soil in a way that makes the surface higher than it was before.
Water the plant at the base. Add a bit more soil on the edges if the watering causes it to compact.

peace lilies prefer a dark

peace lilies prefer a dark room.which is why i bought because i have to keep my room virtually sunlight free. use artificial light and fertilize every 6 weeks. only repot in the spring and never when the plant is in bloom

In August 2012 I got a large

In August 2012 I got a large Peace Lilly. In August 2014 I got a puppy. One day I left the pup out and she attacked the plant. I was advised not to cut off the mangled leaves until they die. However there are new smaller leaves growing in and dying. A few of the larger leaves are starting to turn the color of ash. There is still a lot of large leaves with damage that are only dying where the leaf is scratched or torn. I just don't think they look pretty anymore and I don't want to loose the whole plant. Would it be OK to cut all the large damaged leave off? I have noticed that there are new leaves growing out of some of the stems.

For the leaves in the process

For the leaves in the process of dying, you can cut off the parts of the leaves that are brown/grey, dried up and crinkly. I realize this will leave you with "leaf slivers", but it is important for the plant to keep all of the green it can. Photosynthesis + low light = as many leaves or leaf parts as possible.

So I am new to owning and

So I am new to owning and caring for plants and started with the peace Lilly because of the easy care instructions. My problem resides in the lillies themselves, all of the white lillies have died, there is only one left. The leaves are all perky and healthy with a vibrant shade of green but all my lillies, except for one have turned brown, wilted, died and have since been pruned from the plant. Please help me find a solution! I only water when soil becomes dry. It is about 4 feet from a south facing window where the blinds remain closed. I have only had the plant for a month or less. Could over watering in the earlier days be the problem?

It's normal for the flowers

It's normal for the flowers to turn brown when they age. You did the right thing to remove the dead flowers. If the plant is healthy it will send up new flowers when it is ready.

I received the most beautiful

I received the most beautiful Peace Lily from my sister as a house warming present about a month ago. It was looking so healthy. It has twelve little Lilies which have not opened fully yet, and the healthy green leaves are now no longer, as most of them have literally turned totally brown, to which I have had to cut them back every day. Why is this happening ? The little plant is sitting in a glass stand in my lounge, where it has no sun on it, and I am watering it as soon as I see it starts to droop. Where am I going wrong. Please help. I just love the Peace Lily.

Hi, Heather, While Peace

Hi, Heather, While Peace Lilies have few pest problems, these plants seem to require exacting care. Soil should be a well-draining potting mix. Water with romm-temp water, and while the plants like the soil to be moist, they also like it be allowed to dry out between waterings.
They do not like direct light, but prefer bright filtered light, in environments where the temp tends to be warm—between 68°F and 85°F in the daytime; about 10°F cooler at night. Exposure to temps below 60°F could be harmful.
If you can give this plant its ideal conditions, it will bring you peace—and lilies.
 

For some reason my peace

For some reason my peace lilies flowers have turned green. When first bought it I had to re-pot it because it was dying, but it did have a white flower, now they are all green

Peace Lily flowers can turn

Peace Lily flowers can turn green for a few reasons. In most cases, it is just a natural part of aging. The white part of the flower is actually a leaf called a spathe; it has cells containing chlorophyll, a green pigment which converts sunlight into food for the plant. New spathes can be green, but turn white as they open. When a flower begins to die, the cells with white color pigments in the spathe will die off, unmasking cells with the green chlorophyll pigments. You might also get green spathes if the plant is getting too much light.

I WAS SO AFRAID TO LOOSE MY

I WAS SO AFRAID TO LOOSE MY PEACE LILLY PLANT ,MY BOYFRIEND BOUGHT ME ONE 4 MY BIRTHDAY IN OCT. A BGREAT BIG ONE , I BOUGHT A NEW POT AND STAND , WELL IT START TO DROUP, I CRIED CAUSE I LOVE PLANTS SO I PUT IT OUT SIDE GAVE IT SOME WATER, BUT STILL NEW LEAVES COMES OUT ,BUT IT STILL IS DROUPY WHAT AM I DOING WRONG NO SUNLIGHT, WELL WATER , I DIG THE DIRT AROUND SO WHY IS MY BABY LEAVES STILL DOWN? HELP!! MERDINE

Get it out of direct light.

Get it out of direct light. Keep the soil moist. Keep it away from air vents- the direct air/heat is not good for it. You should see a difference in a couple of days.

Hey everyone, I got a peace

Hey everyone,
I got a peace lily last month and it was doing great.. But 2 days ago I did something very wrong. In a hurry I plugged room freshener in a socket very close to my plant. After one hour I realized the leaves and flowers had all drooped. I immediately washed the plant, like sprayed a lot of water hoping that it will be washed away but it did no good. Its been 2 days but still no good. Even now the whole plant is drooped. I am feeling so guilty, have I killed my plant. Please help, suggest if I can do anything to make it better.

Hey, well my question wasn't

Hey, well my question wasn't answered so I thought of trying something to save my plant. I removed all the leaves n flowers those have turned brown and kept watering my plant as I normally did. Its doing good now, new leaves have came up n I can see 2 flowers on the way. If someone else also faces the situation, do not worry. Give the plant some time while maintaining all the conditions required like water and light, your plant is going to bloom again...

Good to realize, also, that

Good to realize, also, that plug-ins are just as toxic to people as they are to plants

I have had my peace for about

I have had my peace for about 6 mths I have repotted it and most of the leave have brown on the tips have of the leaves and some are yellow I only water it about once a week and only gave it plant food sticks twice I have it in a hall with no windows. What am I doing wrong? It really means a lot to me as it came from my father's funeral and don't want it to die. Please help.

Hi: Sounds like you have good

Hi: Sounds like you have good intentions plus a plan, which is always a great start. This sounds like a watering issue, but it could be any number of things or a combo of them. In such cases, it's often best just to go back to the basics. Water moderately only when the soil is dry down to an inch or slightly more. The roots should not sit in water, so make sure that you have good drainage. Humidity is good. The soil needs to have good nutrients, so feed with half-strength 20-20-20 fertilizer once a month. Hallway with no windows is not good. Keep the plant in indirect light, but get it a little closer to the real deal. One of the best spots in the house for a peace lily is a north- or east-facing bathroom, of all places (because of the humidity). One other thought that occurs to us is that if you have this in an entry hall, your lily may be getting stressed by drafts and/or temperature fluctuations. Moderation is the key. So give your plant a little water, a little nutrition, a little light, and a lot of love, and it should do just fine.

I have a peace lily that we

I have a peace lily that we received after my step-father's passing almost 13 yrs ago. It has a couple of spathes but also a few leaves brownign and drooping. What should I do? It has never been repotted.

Spring is a good time to

Spring is a good time to repot the peace lily. Check the roots for root rot and cut off any brown or mushy roots. Replant in a pot with fresh soil.

I have had my peace lily for

I have had my peace lily for over 2 years now. I have repotted it twice and decided that I wanted to separate it and give part to my mother in law as the lily came from her mothers funeral. I tried separating the roots but they were just too entangled. I actually cut the plant between bulbs all the way down and put half in the pot it was in and half in the new pot. I watered it, but was afraid of over watering so I stopped after I misted it with the water hose. I brought them both inside where I usually keep the plant. So far they both just look droopy and no changes since separating it 4 days ago. It's still green but not setting up like normal. Is it going to make it? Or did I do something wrong?

If each section has three to

If each section has three to four leaves and ample roots they should be OK. Keep the soil moist without overwatering. Hopefully they will perk up soon. Transplant chock can take a few days to overcome.

PLEASE HELP!!!! My mother

PLEASE HELP!!!! My mother passed away this past December. I was given a really large Peace Lilly. It has been almost 5 months and it seems to be dying. I water it when it feels like the top of the soil is getting dry. The leaves are all turning brown. I also use plant food by directions on the package. I'm not sure how old the plant is whether or not I should repot it. I cant help but cry. This plant means a lot to me due to where I got it. Can you please help me save my plant?

Hi, Dawnia, Many sources make

Hi, Dawnia, Many sources make this out to be an easy-care plant but it's actually a bit particular.
Make sure that the plant has soil with high organic content, let it dry out a bit between waterings (don't keep it soaked or constantly "wet"; this is worse than no water, aka water stress), back off the fertilizer to every couple of months and use a 20-20-20 lightly; and give the plant bright, filtered (not direct) sunlight. Also, this plant tends to prefer a warm environment (70°F to 75°F), following a cool (60°F to 65°F) few months.
We hope this helps. Best wishes—

I water my peace lilly when

I water my peace lilly when it droops, also I give it liquid violet fertilizer and they grow beautiful! Good luck, also sorry for the loss:( l

Peace Lily Help! I've been

Peace Lily Help!

I've been away for a month and my cousin forgot to tend my peacelily. All of its leaves are either wilted or yellow. I tried watering it and waited overnight to no avail. In a panic, I pruned all the leaves. Is there still anyway I can save my dear old peace lily? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It's hard to know from here

It's hard to know from here if it will make it. When you water, make sure the water runs out the bottom, but do not let the plant sit in water. Then let it dry to about an inch down before doing that again. See the answer above for more help on general conditions . . . and give peace a chance. (Please let us know if it comes back.)

Hiya, I've had 2 peace lilies

Hiya, I've had 2 peace lilies about 3 month now. One in my bathroom window, it's thriving! Soooo many spaths popping up everywhere, I think it likes been steamed up twice a day with the shower been on :)
I have one in my living room and I noticed the edges of some of the spaths had turned a dark brown/black. All the leaves look Fi ne but the new spaths that are not even out of the stalk properly are already black too? Amy help much appreciated!

Hiya, Laurel, You're on to

Hiya, Laurel,
You're on to something with the peace lily in the bathroom; they love tropical (warm, humid) conditions.
Is/does the other plant sit in water? While these plants like dampness they do not like to soak. Let the black-leaf'd plant drain and dry. Make sure it's in highly organic soil, and bring it into the bathroom. With the luck you've had there, it very well might spring back to good health.
 

I have a peace lily and i

I have a peace lily and i notice little flys around it and leaves are turning brown what shouldI do thanks doug

Fungus gnats tend to hover

Fungus gnats tend to hover around peace lilies while their larvae live in the soil. Let the soil dry between waterings and then mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap into a gallon of water. Use this to water the lily and to spray the leaves. If this does not work, sprinkle cinnamon on the top of the soil.

I have had my two peace

I have had my two peace lilies for about 6 months. I water them every other day they both sit in front of two windows facing north. One of the plants has started to get brown pieces on its leaves and all the leaves including the middle of the plant are now drooped over towards the floor. Help what do i do?

Guys this may sound a little

Guys this may sound a little wired but water your flowers your lilies will love it and get huge nice green and white blooms great for all plants beer I don't drink so it don't bother me to buy it and feed it to in door and out doors I used to be able to kill a fake plant lol my aunt Mickey gave me all of her flower after her death and that secret so I thought I'd share let me know if you try it only about a half of cup and I had one I kept out doors all year will it come back I bought another today

I noticed that the white

I noticed that the white flowers on my Peace Lily plant are now turning a light green. Am I doing something wrong? I have had the plant since February and this is the first time this is happening. It is not in direct light and I water approx. once per week.

Peace Lily flowers can turn

Peace Lily flowers can turn green for a few reasons. In most cases, it is just a natural part of aging, or occurs when the flower has been pollinated. The white part of the flower is actually a leaf called a spathe; it has cells containing chlorophyll, a green pigment which converts sunlight into food for the plant (called photosynthesis). New spathes can be green, but turn white as they open. When a flower begins to die, the cells with white color pigments in the spathe will die off, unmasking cells with the green chlorophyll pigments. You might also get green spathes if the plant is getting too much light.

My Grandma put her peace

My Grandma put her peace Lilly on the porch one sunny day and now the leaves have dark spots all over them. We are assuming she sun burned it. Otherwise the plant looks healthy. Is the plant ruined or will it be okay?

Hi, Kim, Peace lilies do not

Hi, Kim,
Peace lilies do not like direct sunlight. Bring it back it, give in filtered or indirect sunlight. Do not allow it to sit in water. If it has warmth (see comments above), so much the better. It should return to good health.
Best—

I just got my plant a few

I just got my plant a few days ago and this is my first plant. It has tiny brown spots on the flower but not on leaves. Other than that it looks great. what are the spots? Please help.

Brown spots is a sign of

Brown spots is a sign of aging. Once the flower gets brown spots, it is time to remove it. 

I have had my lily for almost

I have had my lily for almost 3 years now. It has thrived and keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last year in the spring I re-potted it into a much bigger pot. I was given this plant to keep me company at work - I work in a climate controlled room (never to hot or too cold), full of florescent lights, and no windows. I know, sounds like a dream job. I have had a few flowers bloom over the years, however since I re-potted the plant last year not a single bloom. It sits in the same place, I just turn it every few weeks so that the light hits differently on it. I trim back the dead leaves, and still have lots of vibrant colored green ones showing up everyday.

Today while cutting back a few dead leaves I noticed the plant has seem to of divided up into several smaller "clusters" and smack dab in the middle of the group of "clusters" there is a large mass. I can only describe it as it looks like it used to be the center of the plant but it has died back(?) and now is just a hard cluster in the middle that is a green color with no leaves or stems and sticks up about a 1/2 inch out of the soil.

I hate to, but if its best for the plant I will, do I need to separate the "clusters" and replant in different pots? There is still plenty of room left for this lily to grow in its current pot. Also, with it being climate controlled and in florescent lights all day should I set it under my desk to block some of the light to get it to produce flowers?

Thank you for any help! I love my lily and it means so much to me I just want it to survive and thrive!

Hi Brutus, The clusters are

Hi Brutus,
The clusters are "crowns" of two or more leaves growing separate from the main plant or “hub.” You can leave the plant in the big pot and do nothing or you can remove it from the pot and  brush away the soil from the roots to see where the crowns attach to the hub. Then carefully pry apart the roots that belong to the crowns and plant them in small pots using the same soil that they were in.
The lily needs light to bloom. Don't put it under your desk.

Okay, so don't put it under

Okay, so don't put it under my desk. I've read the other posts and it says if its not blooming it may be getting too much light. My lily gets 15 and 16 hours-7 days a week of straight florescent light. Like I said, I do turn it every week or so so that the light hits differently on it. Any ideas on helping it bloom?

Hi everyone, I repotted my

Hi everyone,

I repotted my peace lily yesterday but today I have noticed the leaves are curling. Any suggestions? Also, I am brand new to the peace lily, how often should I be misting them with water?

Sometimes after repotting

Sometimes after repotting plants experience transplant shock. Just keep the soil moist and mist the leaves a couple of times during the week. The lily will bounce back.

I was given a peace lily as a

I was given a peace lily as a gift from my First Lady's family after her funeral. It was big and beautiful with virbrant green leaves. I have had the plant for @ three months now. I had seen somewhere that you should spray the leaves often since the plant thrives with humidity so I spray the leaves @ twice a week. I have several flowers developing (I have never had flowers on previous peace lilies, so I am overjoyed). I have counted 6 flowers appearing. But, my plant is losing its dark green color. The leaves are becoming pale. I still have the plant in the same plastic-lined basket that it came in and it seems to be overcrowded. Since the plant is blooming, is it a good time to replant and should I separate the plant into possibly 2 or 3 different containers or just leave it whole and get a larger container? Also, how can I maintain the luster and the shine of the leaves. I have heard that you can put mayo on the leaves to make them shine and appear healthy, but, I want to make sure before I destroy the entire plant.

Hi Belinda, Leaves turn pale

Hi Belinda,
Leaves turn pale if the plant gets too much light. If this is the case move the plant away from direct sunlight. Leaves can also turn yellow because the plant either doesn't have uniform watering and dries out too much between waterings or the plant has wet "feet" and sits in damp soil for long periods.
Spring is a good time to repot the peace lily. If you can easily separate the lily into 2 or 3 plants this is a good time to do it. Check the roots for root rot and cut off any brown or mushy roots. Replant in pots with fresh soil. And don't put mayo on the leaves. Good luck!

The tallest bloom is turning

The tallest bloom is turning black. Every leaf and small blooms are growing beautifully into white and dark green. I only water them every other day with limited sunlight. There are very small leaves growing from the soil perfectly healthy. I insert my finger at least one inch deep into the soil to check if it's moist if the surface is dry. I never seem to have to water them so much, they're always moist. Do I trim the black bloom or leave it be?

In this case, the black color

In this case, the black color simply means that the bloom is old and in decline..  Simply remove the spent bloom by following the stem to the base of the plant and cut it off.

Thanks!

Thanks!

I've had two peace lilies for

I've had two peace lilies for several years. I never get new lilies. They have great foliage and tons of it. I've divided and re-potted them, thinking the pots may be too small. The plants are doing well, but still no sign of flowers. I know they bloom in the spring, bu I haven't had a flower in two years. Help!!

Normally, when a Peace Lily

Normally, when a Peace Lily isn't blooming, we advise that you repot and divide in the spring, but it sounds as if you've done that. I hope you replanted in pure humus or very high humus potting medium.
Another reason that peace lily plants do not bloom is lack of sunlight. Is it in a low light area? For a peace lily to flower, it does need bright light (though indirect, not burning focused light). A north or east window with curtains filtering the light would be a good bet. Be patient as the plant is probably emerging from dormancy but we hope you see a flower by the end of spring. We do love peace lily plants for their green foliage, too, but all the best on some bloom!

I have a peace lily that was

I have a peace lily that was bought when my father in law died in January. I have watered it once a week and cut the dead flowers and leaves off. Tonight when I was cutting the leaves off a frog jumped out.It was green and about 2 inches long with the legs tucked under. Would it live there for three months and us not see it? We live in Canada and have had lots of snow and cold weather.I know that when it jumped out at me I nearly had a heart attack. It jumped on my wall and stayed there until my husband got it.

Oh! We can imagine your

Oh! We can imagine your surprise, but also how interesting! In the wild swamps where peace lilies grow naturally, frogs love to sing for their mates from the peace lily. It's a common "calling" site and also a place for egg laying. (You may want to look closely at the base of your plant!)  When people have dart frogs as pets, they often put a peace lily in the tank.

The leaves on my peace lily

The leaves on my peace lily are droopy from the middle to the tip is there a way to fix this problem. What is going on?
The new leaves seem to be growing in the same way.

Check the roots. If they are

Check the roots. If they are brown or black trim them back. Leave the healthy light-colored roots. Rinse off the old soil and plant in new fast-draining potting mix.

after adhering to all the

after adhering to all the tips my peace lily plant is still getting leaves that are turning yellow. and it hasn't produced any flowers yet. what am I doing wrong please?

Make sure that the lily is

Make sure that the lily is not in direct sunlight, don't water too much or too little, and make sure the room is not too hot or too cold. A stressed peace lily will have yellow leaves. Also check for insect pests.

I have had a peace lily for a

I have had a peace lily for a while now . it has always been in the same window. IT HAS BEEN DOING great, but lately all of the leaves are going from a nice shiny dark green to a light yellow whats up. have been watering it about once a week,it gets bright,sun indirlecty daily I water when top soil is dry please help me keep it from dying I think it needs new pot and or fresh soil.

Peace lily leaves turn pale

Peace lily leaves turn pale when the plant is exposed to direct sunlight. Make sure that the sun's rays don't fall directly on the foliage. The peace lily needs repotting if it's really crowded in the container or if roots are growing out of the bottom drainage holes. It's recommended to repot the lily in fresh soil about every 5 years.

I have had my peace lily for

I have had my peace lily for about 1 1/2 years. It is very sentimental to me because it came from my father's funeral. It was always very beautiful and looked so healthy. However, within the last few months it started looking terrible. The leaves started to brown on the tips and there were a few yellow ones. It started to wilt and would never perk up after watering it. Within the last few weeks it really started to look like it might die. I took it in to a flower shop and they looked at it and thought that the roots were possibly rotting because the water in the pot was brown and the roots looked really brown. There were a few roots that were still white. They cut out some of the brown roots and cut off all of the dead leaves and trimmed the brown leaves and put new dirt in the pot. It actually looked pretty good when I brought it back home. However, it started to look droopy once again the next day and it still looks that way. Can you give me any advice to help save this plant? It is so special to me and I don't want for it to die. I have bought some fertilizer for it and have done this only once but it still looks pretty droopy. I appreciate any help you can give me.

Be really careful when you

Be really careful when you water the lily. Do not overwater. Only water when the top of the soil is dry. And do not fertilize until you see some new growth.

Since taking it to the flower

Since taking it to the flower shop I have only watered it once and I can feel that the top soil is still wet and there is no water sitting in the pot. I just wondered if you had any other tips to help the plant perk up. I am afraid of under watering the plant while it is still drooping and then killing it. I appreciate any tips you can give me.

I have a peace lilly plant

I have a peace lilly plant from a family funeral. It was a 10 inch pot, full and green. That was 3 months ago. I have been reading on care,only watering once a week. I have repotted because it was over grown. The problem is the newer leaves will bloom out but the bigger leaves turn brown and yellow. Have been cutting them off. Have tried everything but it keeps happening. Help?

If you're finding that it's

If you're finding that it's the older leaves of the Peace Lily that are turning yellow, then that may be natural leaf loss.
Leaves can also turn yellow because the plant either a) doesn't have uniform watering and dries out too much before it gets water or b) the plant has wet "legs" and sits in a tray of water for long periods.

What NPK of fertilizer is

What NPK of fertilizer is best for a peace lily? I just got this monster of a plant from a memorial and I want to keep this thing alive. It is big, green and has 5 big white flowers on it... Is there a schedule that is best to apply various components of NPK or is it all at once? Also does soluble carbohydrate help in its flowering process?

Thanks

Bekki Van Dorn

xoxo

Bekki, use a 20-20-20

Bekki, use a 20-20-20 fertilizer at one-half recommended strength once a month from spring through summer.

Awesome. Thanks!!!

Awesome. Thanks!!!

I had a horrible experience

I had a horrible experience with a peace lily after finding the soil was infected. I had to discard the plant, but the bugs stayed in the room.
I just purchased another lily and I am concerned I will do somethings wrong and out it will go. The pot it was purchased in was 8 inches - I had it re-poted to a 10 1/2 plastic pot. Is that ok? When it was re-poted the original soil was not shook out so it's sitting on the old soil with the new soil underneath, at the sides and on top. Is that ok?
Thanks for helping me save my plant.

Not to worry, Jean. Peace

Not to worry, Jean. Peace lilies are popular houseplants because they are easy to grow. Be sure that you keep the soil moist, but do not overwater. In the spring, give it a 20-20-20 fertilizer. Do this once a month until the end of summer. Each spring, repot the plant with fresh soil.

My plant is looking & growing

My plant is looking & growing great w/a beautiful flower & a new one sprouting. However today I noticed a white powdery substance on the flower & leaves. What is it & any suggestions?
Thanks

The white powder is pollen

The white powder is pollen from the flower. Nothing to worry about.

Thank you very much. whew!

Thank you very much. whew!

I scanned over the many

I scanned over the many questions asked and still didn't reach one quite like my situation. I got my peace lily last summer and all the leaves turned black. I tried cutting some of them off, but now there are only two leaves left. They are still very black and sad looking. I spray it with water at once or twice a week and leave the water out several nights to evaporate the chemicals in the tap water. I have tried everything it seems, please help!

Leaves can turn black from

Leaves can turn black from over-watering, a too big pot, heavy soil, or if the plant has suffered from cold temps. Too much fertilizer can also cause leaves to turn brown or black. Don't feed the plant in winter. Check the roots to see if you have an issue with rot.

Hi. I have a a couple peace

Hi. I have a a couple peace lily plant. Can the seeds of the white flowers be re-potted to make additional peace lily plants? Thanks for your time.

Peace lily plants can be

Peace lily plants can be propagated but only by dividing its rhizomes, the underground stems that grow just below the surface of the soil. Division of rhizomes should occur in the spring.

My peace lily is getting

My peace lily is getting small holes in new leaves. Does this mean something is eating them? What can I do to fix this?

It's possible that your lily

It's possible that your lily has slugs. Place slug bait and eggshells on the soil.  Avoid any excess moisture on the plants. Also, try to remove all slug hiding places, such as rocks or rotting foliage.

I received my peace lily as a

I received my peace lily as a gift and never having a house plant before I wasnt sure how to look after it! After looking at afew websites I thought what I had read was to cut any dead off, so I cut the lily heads as they had gone brown, after reading the tips on your website, am I right in thinking I have done the wrong thing and cant be saved now. I have repotted it and it has new roots coming but no flowers. Will they grow back or should I start again. Thanks in advance! !

It sounds like your plant

It sounds like your plant will be fine. It's OK to prune out any dead, brown leaves or faded, brown flowers and stalks. Cut brown leaves at the point just above the base of the leaf stalk. If just the leaf edges are browning, you can trim the brown areas off, without cutting into the green area. Cut flower stalks just above the base of the stalk. Repotting (done every year or two) may delay flowering a bit, as the plant adjusts. Be sure it has enough bright indirect light (but not too much), and the proper amount of water.

I received a peace lily as a

I received a peace lily as a gift and our office is scent free. Do they have a smell or not? I don't think I can smell anything but I want to make sure before I make someone ill.

Peace lilies have a scent but

Peace lilies have a scent but it's a very light fragrance. What people usually admire most is the contrast of their white/cream blossoms against very dark green foliage.

Hi! I got a peace lily as a

Hi!
I got a peace lily as a gift last week. I am an avid gardener but I have never owned a peace lily. When I got the plant I immediately noticed it needed repotting, as it had a good dozen shoots packed into a 6" pot, the plant being about ten to 12 inches high. I repotted it into a much larger pot, twice as large easily. Afterwards I read that they should only be repotted into a pot two inches wider than the last one.
My question is, given that the plant had been so overcrowded, will my plant take easily enough to the much larger pot, or should I repot it into a smaller pot before the roots get a chance to spread? Thanks!

We agree that you shoudl

We agree that you shoudl repot using preferably the next size larger pot. It's fine to repot without killing the plant though it could affect the current bloom. Just loosen the roots slightly. Make sure you repot so the plant is set at the same level as it was before. Water well.

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