Ask the Expert: Peace Lily Drooping
I woke up this morning and found my Peace Lily drooping severely, although all the leaves are still in green color.
I bought the plant about a couple of weeks ago. It is about 1 feet high and the condition of the plant was very good.
I was told that once a week of watering is enough; placing a tray under the pot and pour water in the tray. I was not sure and am still not sure how much water I should give to the plant. Because after the first watering I checked the soil, it was still dry. So, I gave a little bit of water time after time but the soil condition was the same.
Then, this morning the plant was showing the sign of watering.
Could you tellme what should I do?
I”m glad I found this website. Taka
Over-watering and under-watering will cause a peace lily(spathiphyllum) to wilt (droop). When it comes to watering once a week should be enough provided that you give it adequate water. You can water one of two ways: Give it water until it starts to over-flow into the saucer or you can water and then do a moisture test. You want your soil to be moist but not soggy at all times. This means that if you stick your finger into the soil about a knuckle deep and remove some of it that you can roll the soil into a ball. When you squeeze this soil ball it should not produce a lot of water just a slight amount.
Another thing that will cause a peace lily to droop is temperature changes. If your plant is directly under an air vent the drastic change in temperature when the air comes on will cause the plant to droop.
Check both of those conditions. Once you correct the situation it should take a week or so for the plant to recover. Be patient and give it time.