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How to care for your Peace Lily plant

Posted by Joel on 02 May, 2007

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Long elongated green foliage with white half shaped blooms characterises the Peace Lily houseplant. The Peace Lily (Closet Plant) is one of the most popular and easiest to grow houseplants.

House Plant Care Guide – Spathiphyllum – Peace Lily

Situating it in lower lighted areas make this plant work almost anywhere. Try to keep it within 5 to 8 feet of a window for best results. Do not place your plant in direct sun. Direct sunlight can damage the Peace Lily’s foliage. If the leaves begin to yellow, it may mean it is receiving too much sunlight. Move it to a less lighted area.

The main care requirement for your Peace Lily is water. This plant requires heavy watering, but you must allow the soil to dry out in-between watering to a point as well. This house plant will let you know when it needs water. The leaves will begin to droop. Allowing the foliage to droop slightly in-between watering has turned out to be successful for me. However, do not let it droop severely. Once the plant is watered the foliage will spring back up. If you allowed it to dry out too much, some of the lower leaves may yellow and need to be removed.

This plant also loves higher humidity levels, so providing it with a nice misting a couple times a week will help the plant remain beautifully healthy.

Comments:

Rita says:

Very, very helpful. Thank you.

Tuesday, 19 June, 2007

marie says:

why am i getting crusty brown tips on my leaves

Saturday, 04 August, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Dear Marie,

Many different problems cause the browning at the tip of the leaf on a Peace Lily. Very difficult for me to identify without seeing the plant. Generally speaking the following cause brown tips
a) over watering
b) under watering
c) over feeding / wrong fertiliser
d) old leaves
e) pests
I hope that you can send a photo in / or indentify from this list the cause so that you can remedy.

Thanks
Joel

Sunday, 05 August, 2007

PEACE LILY says:

MY PEACE LILY FLOWERS ARE STAYING GREEN INSTEAD OF TURNING WHITE. WHAT MIGHT I BE DOING WRONG??? PLEASE HELP

Sunday, 26 August, 2007

Hannah says:

Very helpful article! I have a peace lily. It seems to be healthy, but it is growing in a stange way. All the leaves/stems are going outward from the center of the plant instead of in a nice looking upward way. It there a way I can help it to grow in a more attractive way?

Thursday, 30 August, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Green flower causes:

a) New flower start pale green
b) Old flowers fading turn green
c) Too much water.

I hope this helps.

Friday, 31 August, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

I shall have a look into your Peace Lily flowering problems and get back to you asap.

Friday, 31 August, 2007

susan says:

Will my peace lily plant survive on our screened in porch? There’s no direct sunlight but the evening temp could drop as low as 50.
Thanks!

Saturday, 20 October, 2007

Cathy says:

I think I got my answer as to why my pease lily is not doing so good from your article which was very interesting and I hope that I can now revive my plant before it really takes a dive, hrer’s my problem. Recently most all my leaves started turning brown around the edges and they have now left the whole leaves brown. I do have a couple of new starts coming up, but I don’t want them to turn brown too. What do I do, I really want to keep these two plants. One of them is 17yrs old and from my little brothers funeral, the other is 5yrs old and from my dads funeral. These plants really mean alot to me, they are also the only 2 that I kept. I thought I was doing fine with them. I talked to a florist, she told me I needed to put them in small containers and that I did, it was good luck up until maybe the past couple of months or so. They have never been directly in the sun, usually across the room from the window. To say the least I am very concerned. Am I one of the most worried people about these plants that mean so much to me, as any other person who has asked for your help. I’m sorry I guess I just need to hold on to something. I very seldom if ever have any white flowers grow. Is it possible to help me and of course my plants? Thank you so much, Sincerrely yours, Cathy

Sunday, 21 October, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

So long as it doesn’t get too cold in the porch, ie freezing, the Peace Lily should be fine.

Sunday, 21 October, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Peace Lily plants require decent light levels and a moist soil to keep on flowering. Many people keep these plants for long periods of time with successful flowering a reward for good plant husbandry.
If you still have problems please get in touch.

Sunday, 21 October, 2007

Sheila says:

Hi Joel, great article, will follow your tips. I have a question about my peace lily plant – it never produces the flowers. I have had it for over 8 months and never have I seen a flower bloom on it. I do keep it watered….and will now start to do as you said (letting it droop) – could the problem be I have overwatered it and thats why I do not see flowers? Thanks in advance!

Thursday, 25 October, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

You could try re-potting the Peace Lily in to a slightly larger pot and cutting back on its watering. This should stimulate the correct growth.

Sunday, 28 October, 2007

Sarah!!!!!! says:

i just got a peace lily at my grandpa’s funeral. do you need to mix fertilizer with water at all?

Sunday, 28 October, 2007

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi Sarah,

No you don’t. You will only need to feed every so often as opposed to regularly.

Monday, 29 October, 2007

Pat says:

Does the peace lily plant need to be transferred to a bigger pot and does it need fertilizer? My peace lily pot drains away all the water after I water it. Please help.

Thursday, 08 November, 2007

Misty says:

I just got a peace Lilly from my ex husband’s funeral 3 days ago, it was gorgeous-now all the beautiful white flowers have turned brown and wilted and are falling off my plant! The plant it’s self looks wonderful! I don’t understand what has happened! can someone please give me a clue? I have chlorine remover for my fish tank and I was wondering if I could use this in the water for my plant instead of leaving the water out overnight.

Saturday, 24 November, 2007

Laura says:

Hi Joel! Thanks for the article.

We’ve had our Peace Lily for almost 2 years now and just recently, all of the tips have turned brown. It is in a corner near a window; no direct sunlight and not too cold. We are worried that there may be lead in our water (we live in a house that was built in the 1930s) and are thinking this could be the reason. If not, we’re wondering if we need to re-plant.

Also, what do we do with the brown tips? Should we cut them off? We really love this plant and don’t want to lose it…I got it as a gift after my mother died.

Any advice would be great.
Thanks,
Laura

Monday, 26 November, 2007

matthew morton says:

i need to konw how to get seeds from my lilly so i can grow more but i dont know how to make to produce seeds can you help me.

Tuesday, 27 November, 2007

joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi Laura,
I would suggest re-potting the Peace Lily to invigorate the plant. You can re-pot into either the same size pot or slightly larger. Follow the instructions above and let me know how you get on. If this doesn’t solve things then we’ll try something else!!
Joel

Sunday, 02 December, 2007

peggy says:

This article is really very helpful as someone recently misinformed me that lilys do not need much water
hi joel, I really do not know much about but i got this lovely peace lily from the shop recently. it is in my living room, the leaves are now looking burnt and the flowers are turnig brown too. plase hepl. howoften should i water it

Tuesday, 25 December, 2007

Neha says:

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to point out gently that many of the questions we ask bloggers and plant care writers are already answered. Do a quick Google search for “peace lily brown tips,” for example, and you’ll get several pages with information. That way, we don’t flood writers with the same questions over and over again.

For example, when I was researching brown tips on peace lilies, I found this page, as well as http://www.briansgarden.com/2000/11/peace-lily-care.html and http://ezinearticles.com/?Peace-Lilly—-Brown-Tips-on-the-Leaves—-Why?&id=399594.

The thing I have to do now is try several things out: water the plant differently, change the lighting conditions, and so on. I think many of us are scared to handle plants, but they can take a little gentle handling; they can stand up to some changes, as long as we keep an eye on them and observe what the plant’s response is to the changes.

Happy caring.

Neha

Friday, 28 December, 2007

brady says:

Hi,
I’ve had a peace lily for about 8 years. I was recently out of town for 10 days, and the lily didn’t get water, plus it was really hot in the apartment. It is totally wilted – but the leaves are still green. Just really really wilted. I’ve been giving it a bunch of water over the past few days, but I’m not seeing any improvement yet. Any ideas?

Thanks.

Sunday, 30 December, 2007

lynn says:

Hi, I am having a very seriouse problem with my paecelilly the leaves stay droopy I’ve transplated it watered it fertilized it read about it and nothing seems to be working please help

Sunday, 30 December, 2007

joel (Author Comment) says:

Peace Lily plants do not like cold weather. Their leaves will blacken, droop and generally not look too good.
My advice to you all is to keep your Peace Lily plants fairly warm (minimum temperature about 10 degrees C).

Friday, 04 January, 2008

erica says:

Hi Joel,

When the tips begin to brown I cut them is that good for this spathiphyllum plant or should i just leave them alone?

Wednesday, 16 January, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi there,
The leaves are browning due to either (a) end of flowering period, (b) exposure to cold conditions or© overwatering. If you can assess which of these is to blame then I would tackle the problem before cutting the leaves off.
If you have no joy please get in touch again and we’ll try to get to the bottom of it.
Joel

Thursday, 17 January, 2008

Bob says:

My wife’s peace lilly leaves are turning BLACK on the ends. She has always trimmed the brown leaves and removed flowers per above.

We were out of town for two weeks and the house temp was 66, now back to 70-72. Sister watered every week.

Friday, 01 February, 2008

Clare says:

Hi

I have 2 Peace Lilies and a couple of their leaves look like they have been nibbled and are retracting…there arent any pests at all. They are flowering and look very healthy apart from this. I water regularly and put a phosphate tablet in once every 6 months.

Please advise!
Clare

Sunday, 03 February, 2008

Noddy says:

Peace lilies are not doing that well this year. A combination of causes probably. They do not like great variations in temperature and light levels – in other words they don’t really do Winter very well!
Try not to over water and keep them in a warm & light environment. I know that this is most probably stating the obvious….but just give it a try and I am sure that you will see good results.

Noddy

Sunday, 03 February, 2008

Diane Abrahamsen says:

Hey Joel, Just got my first Peace plant and I was wondering if I should water the plant from the bottom tray or the usual watering procedure from the top. A few of my bottom leaves have yellowed and I’m wondering if the watering procedure has anything to do with it. It came in a plastic container that surrounds the planting pot and I’m wondering if I should remove the plastic container. Otherwise the plants doing well. Please let me know. Thanks

Wednesday, 06 February, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Watering either way should be ok – just don’t over do it. When watering either submerse the pot (but not the foliage) into water for a short while, at least until the media is moist or using a small watering can apply a the top of the pot.
The plant should be ok in the pot that it was supplied in for about a year. In time you should think about repotting into a larger pot.

Thursday, 07 February, 2008

Tabatha says:

Joel,
We have had a my peach lily for a little over 2 years and about a year ago it we replanted it in a bigger pot and then 2 months after that we moved and my sister put the plant in the back of her car and rode with the windows down for almost 240 miles!! Do I need to say anymore. The poor plant has never been the same. It’s almost 12 inches high and it’s nothing but stalk and maybe 5 leaves on top. Can I cut it down? How do I make it fill out?

Monday, 18 February, 2008

Harriet Wade says:

The leaves of my Peace Lily (antiurium) have turned brown and I have to continually trim them in order to keep the plant looking decent. I think it might be the water softening treatment we have in our home. Is there any way I can replace the nutrients that are lost through this process that would enable my plants to flourish regardless. Thank you

Friday, 22 February, 2008

Kelly says:

Hi Joel

My peace lilly was VERY hearty at 3years old. a couple weeks ago I repotted it for the third time into a bigger pot. The pot it was in was very crowded and I couldn’t find a pot just one size up..it’s not too too big but the pot I used is probably two sizes larger (about a 14inch?) during the repotting about half the root ball broke off and remained in the old pot…at first it seemed to do well by being able to spread out more. But now, the plant has leaves that are yellowing and browning-i have cut those off. I haven’t had this type problem with the plant in a very long time. When the plant was fairly new it wasnt growing much and all the leaves were flopped (not droopy like it needed watering) i cut alot of the plant back and by doing that it really thrived afterwards. i’m concerned that with most of the rootball not making the transplant that it will not survive…do you have any suggestions?

Thanks

Friday, 22 February, 2008

Amanda says:

Hi Joel,

I really need some emergency help with my peace lilly!

Last year i moved house on the hottest day of the year. I managed to cook my peace lilly (aka Colin) in the car for the entire day as I forgot about it when i was moving my belongings!

My peace lilly WAS large, with big glossy leaves and massive white flowers and now, although i have tried to revive it, it looks awful (no surprise i’m sure!). The leaves are half brown and no flowers. Any ideas or should I give up?

Monday, 25 February, 2008

Katy says:

i removed the flower from my peace lily,which has the seeds intact, what do i do now with those seeds please let me know Thank You

Sunday, 02 March, 2008

Emma Roberts says:

Hi,

I have re-potted my peace Lily in the past, and it is doing well, but it still seems really crowded in the pot and I don’t have space for really huge containers. Is it possible to split the plant in two or should I just keep getting bigger pots?

Thanks,

Emma

Monday, 03 March, 2008

Steph says:

Hi

Was just wondering if you could explain to me why my lilly plant is not flowering? how would i get it to flower?

Thanks

Wednesday, 05 March, 2008

grace says:

I just recieved a beautiful plant .it came from the
florist. It is big -It has very little dirt in the pot.
can i leave this plant on the patio covered-30*
to 70* -help thanks

Wednesday, 05 March, 2008

jennifer sosa says:

hi joel i have a peace lilyuits my first plant
in understood how many times i have to put water on it, but my question is how much i have to put ? cause i dont have any idea and i dont want to over watering or under watering

Sunday, 09 March, 2008

Diane Palladino says:

Hi Joel,
My new Peace Lily came in a tin bucket with no holes in the bottom. Can I leave it in there like that or should my husband drill holes. I like the bucket.

Sunday, 09 March, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi there
Sorry for the late reply. Yes I would definately drill osme holes in the bottom to help with drainage.
Regards

Friday, 14 March, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Peace Lilies do not like the following:
a) too much water – aim to water one every 7-10 days in normal every conditions and every 5-7 days in hot weather.
b) Your leaves will turn brown if (a) you have over watered, (b) the plant has suffered sun scorch, (c) under watered!! (d) too cold – under 13 degrees celsius
c) It is probably cheaper to buy a new Peace Lily than to grow your own from seed and also an awful lot quicker!
d) Peace Lilies will flower and then concentrate on renewing its energies to flower again. It is perfectly normal for a Peace Lily to stop flowering for a while. Please bear with it.
e) I would advise repotting into a larger pot than splitting the plant

Friday, 14 March, 2008

Jaclyn VanHorn says:

I had received a peace lily from my little brothers funeral and it is extremly important to me! It has gnats for sure I am in a panick he passed 5 months ago and I just cant loose this plant. Your above info has helped, I am going to try thr potato and soap water, but very concerned.

Sunday, 16 March, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi there,
I suggest that if the soapy water method fails then you head for your local garden centre and buy a chemical for this purpose. That way you have the peace of mind that the Peace Lily should be fine!

Friday, 21 March, 2008

Jerry Cutter says:

I need to know , after a bloom turns brown , do I pull the stem out and leave the leaf or should I cut the leaf off at the ground.

Monday, 24 March, 2008

Rhiannon says:

Hi all,

this seems like a good place to share the care information that I got from the flower shop when I bought my Peace Lily.

Here’s what the leaflet says:

“Spathiphyllum (Peace lily) should be kept in a normally heated room and in a very moist atmosphere, so frequent spraying with tepid water is essential. Never use cold water straight from the tap, as this is most damaging to the plant.
Propagation by dividing the plant can only be done in early spring. Remove the large plant from its pot and divide into several sections. Each section can be grown separately. A good-sized plant can be divided into three. You must provide it with a good potting compost and as a well aerated soil mixture is appreciated, mix some peat moss with the compost. Its requirement for water is reduced during the winter, but the plant does not have a real resting period. Do not forget the crocks at the bottom of the pot when repotting. The plant is very susceptible to spent soil, so repot frequently.”

Hope this is helpful

Wednesday, 26 March, 2008

dennis says:

Hi i have just split my Peace Lily up, as it was getting very overgrown in the pot it was in.Can anyone recomend a good food for the Peace Lily and how often to fee please

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

joana says:

Very interesting article. I’m a beginner and just got a Peace Lily, the tips are very valuable.

Friday, 04 April, 2008

Lauren says:

Hi,
Really halpful article.
I recently got a peace lily, but a few days after I got it, some of the white flowers started going brown and shrivelling up. The rest of the plant looks great, but this keeps happening to the flowers. It is not getting too much light and i am watering it as insturucted – so I don’t know what’s wrong with it!
Thanks.

Saturday, 05 April, 2008

Sheri says:

I got my peace lillies when my grandmother died. I actually split them apart because it was getting huge. However, i saw that you said you should not split them…did I just ruin my grandmother’s plant?

Sunday, 06 April, 2008

PAULETTE KRUG says:

I have had a peace plant for about 8 years, it has grown from a small plant to a hugh one. It looked beautiful until this past year. No flowers and recently the leaves have drooped over and even when I water it the leaves are still drooped over. It is still in the pot that I got it in 8 years ago. Should I transplant it, what should I do about the leaves and can I break up the bulbs, there seems to be 4 of them. I would hate to lose this plant as it was sent to us by friends after my father in law passed away. Please Help
Thank you,
Paulette Krug

Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Stacy Boston says:

I have had my peacelily for 5 years it has only bloomed one time with only one flower why, and what do I need to do? other than that it looks great.

help me bloom
Stacy

Saturday, 12 April, 2008

karen says:

very good article, looking for advice over mine. had for 4 years, thriving and flowering as normal, i have never moved its position as i knew it liked it where it was, last week i re-potted to bigger pot, plant became droopy so i watered and added some ‘plant n feed’.... plant looks half dead, leaves are going brown and still very droopy, is there anyway that i can revive this plant – would be a shame to loose it after 4 years…... also, had a ‘parot plant that i started from cutting, all leaves have dropped off and stem has gone from hard tree looking to now being very soft stem and dead??

Tuesday, 22 April, 2008

Char says:

I’ve read all other questions so as not to repeat. My P.L.‘s leaves have yellow spots, is this a water issue or a fungal issue? Also what, if anything can I apply to the leaves for more shine on sort of dull leaves? I’ve had one before and killed it. This one came from mom’s funeral and I want it to survive and thrive. Thanks.

Friday, 02 May, 2008

Linda Ward says:

Love the article !!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, I need some advise…..I got a peace lily from my grandmothers funeral about a month ago. One night while I was asleep, my puppy dug it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sat all night and most of the next day till about 5pm. when I tried to repot it. It’s been a few days now and the leaves are all droopy, ( I have a stick holding up the leaves ) and now the ends of the leaves are turning yellow. PLEASE HELP ME SAVE MY PEACE LILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 05 May, 2008

sandra says:

i bought my peace lily in march i would like to re-pot it now in may will it be ok ?
also if i want a bigger peace lily and i pot it into a bigger pot does it grow to the sizes of the pot like some other plants do ?
and is it normal for the flower to break through and bud on a stem of a leaf ?
thanks sandra

Sunday, 25 May, 2008

Dee says:

HI Joel

Hi Joel. I have had my peace lily since December of 2007. Around March it stopped producing flowers. I cut the sten if the flowers off and now I noticed that the tips of the green leaves are turning brown. It is still produceing green leaves. I have it near my windwon but it is not getting direct sunlight. How do I get it to produce flowers again. Is it too far gone.

Thanks

Dee

Monday, 26 May, 2008

Helen Maeker says:

New plant from the florest as a gift, nice flowers, now turning green, but new flowers are white. Do I cut the green flowers off at the base? Thank you hmaeker@suddenlink.net

Monday, 26 May, 2008

Helen Maeker says:

Love the site. What do I do to the flowers that turn from white to green? Thank you

Tuesday, 27 May, 2008

Joel says:

Hi there,
Try watering a little less & keep out of direct sunlight.
Greening of the flowers can often be a sign of quite an old plant!
If you have new flowers coming through I would suggest that you cut off the old ones & enjoy the new.

Thursday, 29 May, 2008

steve says:

hi i have a very large lilly plant in our garden but after storm it has collapsed? what can i do to bring it back many thanks

Wednesday, 04 June, 2008

Carla says:

I repotted my peace lily in a much larger pot because it was so crowded in the one from my grandmothers funeral. The next day the leaves began to turn yellow. I read that it should be put in only a slightly smaller pot so I repotted it again. This has killed off all the leaves with the exception of the bloom that was on it when I repotted it. Now I have several little babies coming up. Should I allow them to stay in this pot or put them in a smaller pot?

Wednesday, 04 June, 2008

Mike says:

Hi Joel,

I just bought a peace lily and I repotted it to a bigger container. Is it ok to put it in my living room? I also put a moss on top of the soil below the leaves to make it look nice. I not sure though if its ok. Please advise.

Thanks,

mike

Saturday, 07 June, 2008

Marie G- California says:

Is it ok to give two Job’s plant stick I put two one in the back and one in the front of the plant and I rotate it once a month my plant is beautiful. the only thing I feel the soil na dit’s dry so water it but the leaves are turning green am I doing something wrong?? Also when does it need to repotted// Its really getting big. Everyone says that see’s my plant say’s to leave it in the pot or it’s going to go into shock. If I repot will it go in to shock???
Thanks Marie G

Monday, 16 June, 2008

Mary says:

Joel, What type of soil is recommended for repotting the Peace Lily and should I get Miracle Grow for the food requirements after the repotting? Thanks, Mary

Monday, 16 June, 2008

Angel says:

My peace lily is drooping pretty bad and I think it’s because it was near the air condition
vent. Is there anyway to revive the plant?

Tuesday, 17 June, 2008

Trudy says:

I just recieved a piece of this plant the peace lily, and I would like to plant it. Do I dry the seeds or just put the leave in water to sprout. Please let me know as soon as possible Thank you very much.

Wednesday, 18 June, 2008

Kelly says:

I’m worried about my peace lily, the leaves are very lifeless and droopy, i water it regularly and it has just been repotted too. It lives in a light and airy office.

Please could you help?

Thanks
Kelly

Wednesday, 25 June, 2008

Melanie says:

We have a piece lily at our home. It sits in full sunlight and we water it regularly. It is now getting dead leaves near the stem of the plant and the bloom of the plant has turned green.

Could you possibly help?

Thanks,
Melanie

Friday, 04 July, 2008

Katie says:

Hi! I’ve just inherited a peace lily from my Gran but it doesn’t seem to like the way I look after it. The flower died within a couple of days and its starting to get a bit of mould around the stems. Also the flower and dead leaves don’t want to come out of the pot. Please could you give me some advice? Thank you

Saturday, 05 July, 2008

Nicola Sartin says:

It was very helpfull, However my peace lily
will not flower but keeps produceing leaves, How do i get it to produce flowers?

Friday, 11 July, 2008

kirst says:

i have had my lilly for 3 yesars iand repotted twice it has never flowered , i was recently told to split it by a garden center , so i did but i am worried it wont like what iv done and die?

Friday, 18 July, 2008

Tracey says:

Hello Joel

can you advise me on how to revive my peace lily? the leaves are green and it has white flowers but drooped over night. I’ve not over or under watered not sure what I can do to make it up right again? any tips appreciated

thanks

Sunday, 20 July, 2008

Marie G- California says:

Why do the leaves turn green and just repoted my pland and can it live outside in shady area??? I just love my plant and hope it will surrive the repot
Thank You

Saturday, 26 July, 2008

christine hopper says:

my leaves are turnining black – what do I do? the plant is not near a air conditioner vent nor do I over water and it is not in direct sun, help me

Tuesday, 05 August, 2008

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Ref splitting – divide the plant from the rootball. Imagine tearing a loaf of bread in half and do this. Re-pot into good houseplant compost. Good luck.

Droopy plant – Sounds like it has gotten too hot. Remove it from direct sunlight and give it a chance to come back.

Re-planting – Peace lily plants don’t like the cold at all. Just watch your nighttime temperatures. They are far better suited for growing on indoors.

Tuesday, 05 August, 2008

sheryl says:

My peace lilly was perfect now all of the ends of the leaves are turning brown. I do not have a green thumb and need help as I really love this plant and need help. Thanks

Sunday, 24 August, 2008

aileen says:

hi joe,

i purchased 2 beautiful peace lilly plants several weeks ago. one is doing great in my home office (7 ft away from window), the other is in the living room near a window and it seems to me has gone into some type of shock. it was during the time of tropical storm fay in miami and i had to close my condo’s shutters…the next couple of days afterwards i noticed the leaves drooping. i tried watering and still see drooping getting progressively worse (no brown tips). what can/should i do?

Tuesday, 26 August, 2008

Ria says:

My flower has begun to turn brown and the pollen is falling out. What should I do?

Tuesday, 26 August, 2008

wendy says:

You have given some helpful tips, but I need to revive my peace lily. It was overgrown, the roots were visibly wrapped around the outer soil. I divided the plant and repotted it and was careful not to damage the roots. I used some of the existing soil and new houseplant soil with a food time release. After this I watered it slightly, just enough to moisten the soil. Now all of the leaves are like rubber and hanging to the floor. New growth is coming but I noticed that the new growth is like rubber. The soil is still moist and I have removed the leaves that were turning brown/black. Can my lilies be saved?

Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

Pat Putterill says:

My Peace Lily has very thin leaves and I am not getting any tall flowers, they are small stems and never come above the leaves. Please will you tell me what I am doing wrong. Thanks

Thursday, 04 September, 2008

Lisa Mech says:

I need to know if it is ok to cut back my peace lilly? The leaves have all falling to the ground and it dosent seem to be doing to well!!! HELP ME! HELP MY PEACE LILLY

Saturday, 01 November, 2008

Noddy says:

Sounds like you need to go back to basics! Peace Lilies are pretty indestructible and you have to be doing something wrong to have this effect on it!!
You can never give them too much water and keep them at a nice temperature (not too cold and not in direct sunlight).
Cut all the dead leaves off and if that leaves with none maybe think about starting again.

Wednesday, 05 November, 2008

Lou says:

Hello Joel

I would like to state what a fabulously helpful article I have found this to be. I came looking for answers to my questions on my recently acquired ‘Peace Lily’. I purchased my lily but a couple of weeks ago from my local supermarket. Within a couple of days the leafs were indeed browning much to my dismay. Not being completely satisfied with the plants health, I consulted my mothers wisdom on such horticultural matters. She knew of the lilies at the supermarket and informed me that they were in fact a house plant. She then stated that because the plants had been displayed outside of the store, it had in turn sentenced the lilies to the death penalty. I returned to the store and informed then of my plants condition and suggested the cause was from the plants being displayed from outside the store. The store manager said that I could return the plant and exchange it for another or a refund. So I then went to retrieve the plant for the exchange but as I exited the store I could see the other lilies which were now inside and looking completely worse for wear. It was then that I decided to keep ‘MY’ lily, as I did not wish to return it for the death penalty. Over this last two weeks the lilies flowers have died off and more of the leafs have browned. However I have much hope for my lily, as it still lives and has many nice young fresh leafs at it’s base. My lily is situated at the top of the landing stairs, it receives moderate light and good humidity. I have been giving it a fair watering but not overly. Today I have removed the dead flower heads and all of the browned leafs. It has left my lily looking a tad naked but much, much healthier. I am so so pleased I came looking for answers on care and I have found what I was looking for without even asking a direct question.

Please wish me luck with this one as I am a terrible horticulturist, every potted house plant I have ever had, has most unfortunately met it’s untimely death in my care. Plants with their roots in the ground flourish. The lily family is the most beautiful and fascinating variety of plant and my apsaloot favourite.

Thank you so much for yours and everyone else’s advice, I shall take on board all the advice given and report back in a few weeks to let you all know how my baby is doing.

THANKS AGAIN x’s

Love & Peace

Lou xx ;-)

Monday, 29 December, 2008

suzanne muller says:

I just received a Peace Plant as a loving gift. It was given to me as a reminder of the love I shared with my dog Bailey who passed on this past week. I will follow the ideas I have seen here & hope that my plant will live on forever in memory of my best friend.

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

Emma says:

Thank you for your article! it’s really helpful.
I got my first ever houseplant, a peace lily, 4 weeks ago from a local supermarket. The flowers seem to be dying off, but the leaves are healthy and new ones sprouting at the base.

I found that re potting it as soon as got it home made it look a hundered times better within a week and it seems to almost have doubled in size!... my mum is good with plants but lives abroad and so is very proud of me keeping this one healthy.

thank you
x

Thursday, 05 February, 2009

Carol says:

My husband came home with a very LARGE peace lilly (he got it free from a flower company) and gave it to me as a valentine present, well beggers cant be choosers.

I have never been able to keep ANY house plants alive so do not possess any in my home.

This lilly is absolutely beautiful so I thought to give it a fighting chance I better seek some help on care. After looking through this site I realised I have already positioned it in the wrong place, this site is great it has so many helpful tips and ideas so thank you and with a bit of tender loving care this lilly may be the one plant that does survive.

Many Thanks
xx

Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Hina says:

Hi, i’ve been watering my peace lilly every other day but the white leaves are turning grean, is this good? or, am i watering the plant to much?

Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

fred laws says:

I would like to know whats the lowest temperature,a peace lilly can survive.

Sunday, 08 March, 2009

sheila wade says:

Hello joel

I have just recieved a peace lily in a ceramic pot and has no draniage holes is this ok ??

Thanks

Sunday, 22 March, 2009

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Hi there

Fred – Peace Lily plants will only really survive down to about 7 degrees C.

Sheila – If the Peace Lily is within a pot inside the ceramic pot then it should be fine. Otherwise don’t over water the plant otherwise you’ll end up with a dead lily and water everywhere!
They really enjoy free drainage.

Regards
Joel

Tuesday, 24 March, 2009

Shannon says:

Hi Joel,

Great article and advise!
How long can a Peace Lilly live? We’ve had ours for 10 years and is doing well – still flowers ever few months.
We’ve replanted twice and now are looking to root propagate since it’s looking a bit root bound.

Thanks much!
Shannon

Thursday, 26 March, 2009

Karin says:

I have read the other posts with great interest, as I was just given a peace plant from a good friend, in memory of my beloved grandfather who just passed away. I intend on trying to keep it looking nice for a long time to come. But, I wanted to point out to all those of you who have pets that peace lilies (like basically all lilies) are highly TOXIC TO PETS, esp. cats. Hence, make sure that, if you have pets, to keep it high up in a location that your pet (esp. cat) cannot/will not get to. A good friend’s cat recently died from eating from a toxic plant. I have a cat myself, and therefore keep up it up and away. Remember that cats are tremendous climberes, which means that only thinking “high up” is not enough, but it also has to be a location where your cat will NEVER climb.

Just thought that this warning might be in place.

Thanks.

Friday, 10 April, 2009

Kathy Brunelle says:

Great site, i will now know how to take care of my peace lilly,i hope i have it for many years! Kathy

Monday, 13 April, 2009

Steve M says:

I inherited this plant from a colleague who was retiring and it was in a bad way. I have managed to bring it back to life, and have trimmed all the dead foliage away, but there is a thick stalk in the centre which has had a small green shoot poking out of the top for weeks with no sign of further growth.

The rest of the plant is flourishing and I just moved it away from the window (although it never gets any direct sunlight) to see if this will improve things.

I also have a family of flies living in there, but they don’t seem to be doing any harm.

So my question is, the thick stem in the middle. Get rid of it or see if it can survive? Also, what plant food would you suggest?

Tuesday, 05 May, 2009

Adam says:

Hi Joel,
My fingers are decidedly un-green! I bought a peace lily a week ago & have been giving it a misting over the leaves & keeping the soil damp with tap water. I noticed it was drooping last night but today it’s decidedly flacid. The established flowers are turning green & the very tips of the leaves are browning.
I’ve got a venus flytrap & aloe plant in a different room but in similar light & I water/feed them all at the same time.
What do you reccomend? Many thanks

Monday, 20 July, 2009

Polly says:

Great site, excellent advice on peace lillies got all the info I needed here, I shall bookmark this page/site

Saturday, 31 October, 2009

Wanda says:

my peace lilly has white stuff all over it i think it may be some type of mold can someone tell me what to do for this i have had this plant for 23 years. Thanks
Wanda

Saturday, 31 October, 2009

Lynne says:

Is it possible to split a Peace Lilly?

Thursday, 05 November, 2009

Mr A G L Mc Dowall says:

Hi Joel,
Just finished reading your articles on the web ,and found them most interesting .
I have a peace lily and although the leaves are very healthy ,the flowers are beginning to turn brown ,do I remove the flowers that are browning ? or just leave them,your comments would be appreciated.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Alex.

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Joel (Author Comment) says:

Sounds to me like your plant has reached the end of this particular flowering cycle. I would be looking to re pot this plant into a larger pot to encourage more growth.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 08 December, 2009

Sandy Mullins says:

I have had my piece lilly for a little more then a year. It has flowered three times. Now that the winter season is here I would like for my plant to look more lively. Is there something I can get to make the leaves shine more then they do. Thank you…

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Willy says:

Wow! I was going to ask you some questions but, by the time I got to the end of this, they were already answered! Your articles were extremely helpful. I am bookmarking this site for sure! Thank you!!

Sunday, 13 June, 2010

angie says:

Hi Joel! Could you please tell us how to make the peace lily’s leaves as shiny as when we received them?

Sunday, 07 August, 2011


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