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Drooping Peace Lily

Drooping Peace Lily

Ask the Expert: Peace Lily Drooping
Hi there,

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

Reply:

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.

Comments

  1. I had the same problem with mine and I thought that I was over watering it, but in fact watering it once a week was not enough, so I have moved it t were there is more light and I water it 2-3 times a week but going into winter I think that once or twice will be enough. Thanks for you tips on how to care for it its very helpful indeed.

  2. Sue | Office Furniture says:

    My mother has one of these plants and shame she is battling so much with it and getting it to grow, so I think I am going to pass on this post to her and she if she can get hers to start doing something.

  3. marty mccrorey says:

    hello,
    i have had this peace lily for over ten years. it has always looked vibrant and alive. recently however the roots started coming up through the soil and it started drooping. these roots were separate from another root system so i re-potted this one in a separate pot. the other plant is flourishing but this one is still drooping. i potted it in a potting soil that is pretty wet and don’t water it to often since the soil is still wet. could the pot be to big? also, why did the roots come up through the soil in the old pot? the roots were scaly and hard. thanks for the help. i really want to save this poor plant.

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  4. I’m confused as to which plant is still having a problem. THe original plant was at a stage in which it had outgrown its container. This is a perfect time to split the plant and create new ones or simply repot into a larger container. If the plant is still in the same container and dropping, it needs to be in a large container. If it was the plant that you separated then it is in shock and will need time to recover. One question – did the root section that you repotted have healthy leaves attached to it? If not that maybe the issue and it will take time for it to produce new ones.

  5. Hi there
    Its an old post but would like to share.
    problem could be:
    1. I think this plant is kept indoor from long.
    2. This plant is getting humid air from the cooler or celing fan with high speed.
    best way is to keep it outside under shed where the plant should get enough air…
    Dont water much .. You just spray water on leafs every morning before eight. NERVER SPRAY IN THE EVENING…
    Great…

  6. Jesse osborne-lanthier says:

    the leaves seem to be fine on mine, but the flowers keep drooping once in a while, they were drooping like yesterday so i watered it and it came back to normal but today they are drooping again…

  7. Jesse,

    What type of lighting is your peace lily in? The peace lily flourishes in moderate light, and tolerates areas of low light. When the plant gets too much light, its transpiration rate is higher, which means that it loses water more quickly and it may become droopy. Here is some more information about how to care for a peace lily. Read through this article to see what else your plant may need. Hope this helps!

  8. there is a peace lily in the office and it was over watered so one of the ladies moved it outside for about 20 minutes to “dry it out”. Now it is drooping more and the soil appears to be really dry. Should I go ahead and water it and then let it sit and recover for awhile and if so for how long?

  9. Dottie,

    If the soil is dry, saturate it, and make sure any excess water can drain away from the plant. Make sure the soil is moist but not soggy. Monitor the plant; give it water when the soil begins to dry out. The leaves should start to perk back up in a few days! Hope this helps!

  10. Hello! I recently repotted my peace lily by just putting it into a larger pot (I did not split it). As I was doing this it seemed like the roots were moldy, since they had a white, fuzzy layer on them, put overall the plant was healthy. So I just placed it into a new pot and put a little bit of organic fertilized (ground egg shells and coffee grounds) . Since then the plant has not been too happy but i have been trying to water it a little less. But then Ii went out of town for a couple of days and when I got back half of the flowers were dark brown and the leaves were withered to the table. I really don’t know what to do. I have been researching this so much and i could really use some help! Thanks so much!

  11. Melissa,

    Newly repotted peace lily plants suffer from transplant shock. To help your plant recover you will want to minimize any additional stress. Keep the soil moist but not wet until the roots have had enough time to become firmly established. (This normally takes around 2-3 weeks.) I wouldn’t give it anymore fertilizer until you start to see some active growth. Your peace lily should recover once it has adjusted to the new environment! Hope this helps!

  12. We have beautiful peace lilies and they looked very healthy until this week. I did a finger test on the soil and it is moist. The pots are big enough. The only changes in the house is the we had new windows put in last week and the air outside was chilly. The installation took about three hours per Room so there was a definite temp change in the rooms. Now these peace lilies are drooping. The peace lilies I have in other rooms that did not have the windows replaced are fine.
    Will cooler than normal temps in the house affect the peace lilies??

  13. Karen,

    Yes, the shock from going from a warmer area immediately into a colder one will put the plant into shock. Peace lilies should not be exposed to temperatures lower than 55 degrees. The leaves that are drooping should come back in a few days. Keep us posted!

  14. We just bought a new peace lily yesterday. It was repottes. When it got to the apartment yesterday afternoon the leaves were dropping but were purged back up after a few hours. But this morning they were down again and stray down through out the day and dropped even more. The soil is moist and no water was given after it arrived so it shouldn’t be overwatering. Is this normal like it is still in shock? thank you

  15. Jamie Woods says:

    Ian,
    Most likely your Peace Lily is still in shock from the repotting. Sometimes is can take a week or two for it to adjust to its new home. As long as you are watering properly and it has the right amount of light, it should perk back up. You may also want to check the soil level, and make sure the plant has been replanted at the same depth it was before repotting.
    Hope this helps!

  16. I had a peace lily for two years in one apartment, and it was fine and happy. Then I moved to a new apartment. First, the leaves got sunburned, so I moved the plant to a spot with no direct sunlight (hard to find). Pretty soon, some new leaves sprouted up, and I cut away a few of the badly-burned leaves. Now some of the new leaves have wilted and then shriveled up and fallen off without turning brown or yellow. The first to go were the newest, which hadn’t even unfurled yet. Then two of the larger new leaves died the same way. I’m worried that my plant won’t have enough leaves, and I want to help it recover from the sun damage it got in July. I water it once per week until water comes out into the saucer, then I empty the saucer. I fertilize it ~ every two weeks. I repotted it a year ago into a pot that is about 2 inches bigger in diameter than the original pot, which was by then much too small. The soil is currently covered by a layer of sand to keep out fungus gnats. Can you give me some advice for how to nurture this struggling plant? Thanks.

  17. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Kaitlin,
    It sounds like your plant may be getting too much water. Try testing the soil by sticking your finger in up to the first knuckle. If the soil feels moist, you should probably wait to water your peace lily. Also, you may be over fertilizing your peace lily. They only need to be fertilized about once a month. Peace lilies are also very sensitive to chlorine, so you may want to try using distilled water, or allowing your water to sit overnight so the cholorine can evaporate before using it to water your peace lily. Hope this helps!

  18. Should you tie the bottom of the plant when it’s drooping or allow it to droop freely?

  19. Jamie Woods says:

    Tisha,
    The plant should be fine if you allow it to droop. However, if your plant is drooping, you may want to find out what is causing it to do so. Over and under-watering, as well as temperature changes, can cause your plant to droop.

  20. i just my peace lily yesterday afternoon. it looked fine this morning but by the afternoon it started drooping. the peace lily is by my window and gets only indirect, somewhat bright light. what should i do?

  21. Crystal Smith says:

    my sister in law gave me a peace lily that they her husbands word place sent when his mother died a month ago it was in a basket and was water logged , I repotted it today but didn’t water it since I still left the old soil on it to ,should I water it or wait , and if I wait how long should I wait

  22. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Crystal,
    The plant will likely experience some shock from the transplantation, so it might appear a little droopy for a week or two. As far as the watering, make sure the new pot is well draining, and test the soil prior to watering. You can check the soil by sticking your finger into the soil up to the knuckle. Pull out a little of the soil and try to roll it into a ball. If you can roll it into a ball, squeeze it. If water comes out, the plant is getting too much water. If no water comes out, it is just fine, and if you can not roll the soil into a ball, then you should evenly water the plant until water drains from the bottom of the pot. Watering once a week is usually all a peace lily needs. Good luck!

  23. Aynsley Broom says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Your peace lily could be reacting to the change in environment, causing it to go through shock. This is common and could be causing it to droop and could last one to two weeks. Your peace lily could also be reacting to the bright sunlight, and the constant changes in temperature that happens from sunlight during the morning and during the afternoon. Try placing your peace lily in a part of your home that receives sunlight but has a constant temperature.

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