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Houseplant Care Tips

Monday, October 02, 2006

Peace Lily Care


Common Name: Peace Lily, Closet Plant
Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum
Lighting: Bright Light
Water: Heavy


Long elongated green foliage with white half shaped blooms characterizes the Peace Lily houseplant. The Peace Lily is one of the most popular houseplants. The Peace Lily (Closet Plant) is one of my top 10 easy to grow houseplants.


Thriving 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 houseplant 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.


Please keep pets and children away from this plant. It is one of many poisonous houseplants.



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688 Comments:

Anonymous Jenn said...

Hey, houseplant lady! What do I do with my Peace Lily if it was near death, brought back to life, but doesn't seem to be sprouting any more new growth?

1:12 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hi Jenn,

Have you tried any fertilizer? If not try a fertilizer formulated especially for houseplants. Dilute it a bit too, because Peace Lily's can be touchy to strong fertilizers. Please let me know if that works!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

My peace lily is already droopy with a bunch of yellow leaves... how do I know if I have over or underwatered it (soil was slightly moist still, but not wet)

6:22 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hi Julia,

I need a little more information about your care ritual for your Peace Lily first. How close do you have it to a window? Has your Peace Lily been droopy for long? How long ago have you watered it? Usually it takes less than 12 hours after you water it and the foliage springs back up. Let me know what your watering schedule has been for the last month and I can try and help you investigate the problem further.

Thanks,
drayas

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Well, I've only had the plant for about two weeks. I water every couple of days (about 20 oz), but it doesn't get an awful lot of light - I live in a dorm room and keep forgetting to open the shades before I go to class. It is about ten feet from the nearest window.

8:59 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Julia,

I usually only water my plant once a week. Try to wait one week before you water it again. Try to open the shades more also. Usually Peace Lily's don't need much light, but they do need some light. Mine is a good 8 to 10 feet from a lot of windows so it gets a decent amount of indirect light. Has there been any progress since your last post?

drayas

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

I found you while googling "Peace Lily problem" and I know this post is several months old, but I need some advice! I have a medium-sized lily which has recently developed yellowish areas on the leaf tips which soon dry out and turn brown. (Almost black in some cases.) The best way to describe the way it looks is akin to the way a piece of notebook paper looks when it is lit on fire and blown out! Would you have any idea what might be happening here? I usually don't water until she starts drooping pretty dramatically!

7:55 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I'm glad you found my site Kris! Couple of quick questions. How long have you had the plant? Have you recently moved the Peace Lily to a new location? Closer to a window?

It sounds like it may be getting too much direct sunlight and the sunlight is actually burning the plant.

Let me know if that's the problem or not. If not, I'll do some more checking.

Thanks,
drayas

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the white flower-like stalks are not coming out anymore--do I need to prune some leaves and if so, where do I begin? The inner part of the plant, the bottom, or the largest leaves...help!

7:07 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Pruning the plant won't make it flower. Peace Lily's flower pretty much when they feel like it. Usually they flower once every couple months. Some more, some less.

Has your Peace Lily flowered recently? Ever? If it is a newer plant, flowering does seem to coincide with light. Be sure it is receiving enough bright light. Otherwise, if your plant looks healthy but isn't flowering, most of the time you just have to wait.

You can add small amounts of a houseplant fertilizer, but do not overdo it, otherwise you'll do more harm than good.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Peace Lily that has dark brown scaly incests embedded in the soil. What are these and what can I do to get rid of them?

9:48 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

It sounds like your bugs are scales, but I can't say for sure. No matter what type of bug they are, it probably isn’t good. Go to your local garden center and ask for a houseplant insect spray. Until you can get to a store, spray soapy water on the entire plant and soil at least twice a day. The soapy mix may take care of the problem all by itself or at least contain it until you purchase the insect spray.

Please let me know how it works out.

Thanks,
drayas

2:06 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

I got a Peace Lily about two weeks ago, and I repotted it in to a bigger pot. Not to big just a bit bigger. I added Miracle Gro "garden soil" which I found out later you shouldnt use in a container plant.Anywasy the Lily looks good, but the top of the soil is moldy. Any help, what am I doing wrong??

Andrea

5:58 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Andrea,

I usually use Miracle Gro Potting Mix. The mold could be caused by bad soil or over watering. How often are you watering the plant? It could be that the soil is being kept too moist, allowing the mold to grow. I usually water my Peace Lily once a week or if it starts to droop.

You can remove the top layer of soil and then watch how often you water the plant. If the mold grow back, try repotting the plant in a different soil mixture just in case you got some bad soil.

Let me know how things turn out.

Thank you,
drayas

8:39 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...

thanks for stopping by my site. Well I used MG that shouldnt be used in containers, s that might be the rpob. I also water once a week or when drooping happens. I hope she wont die. Right now though she looks still beautiful. Will keep you posted :)

Thanks Andrea

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our office has had a peace lily about five years old, from the funeral of an office killed on duty. It has the droops, has had the droops for couple of months. It isn't a watering problem. We repotted in larger pot, but that has not helped. Color is still nice and green and it has had some new growth, but it will not stop drooping. Any suggestions?

9:36 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

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10:41 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Try mixing a small amount of plant food into the water. I like to use Miracle Gro's All Purpose Houseplant Food.

You only will need to mix a small amount into the water. The labels has the specifics. Your Peace Lily may just need a nice boost!

Please let me know how things work out.

Thank you,
drayas

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, i'm so glad i found your site! I have been away from my peace lily for 6 weeks (traveling) and i had a friend water it...when i got back yesterday, half of it was dead, so i pruned it well, but it seems like the leaves that are growing now are very small and weak. The plant is in a pot about 8" in ciameter and 4" deep. i've only had it a few months and it flowered regularly 3 or 4 buds, but now it seems to be in bad shape. I'm thinking of repotting it because it's warm now, but im not sure. there are a lot of dead leaf shoots that i cut and pruned - should i cut them all the way down to the soil? Any help would be very appreciated!!!

7:33 PM  
Blogger Pradeep said...

Hey drayas,

I have had a really baffling problem with my peace lily. I have had it for about 3 months now, and it was in splemdid condition. It was putting out a couple of new flowers for the first time since I got it, and I couldn't wait to see them bloom. But all of a sudden, a couple of days ago, it drooped dramatically, including the flower stalks.I can think of two things that might have caused it. It did receive a couple of hours of fairly bright direct sunlight on the day before (it ususally doesnt). Also, I overwatered it a little bit the day before (I usually pour in about a cup of water twice a week, but on that day I poured in a couple or more). I have since moved the plant out of the light, and also havent watered it since. But it has shown no signs of revival. My heart will break if I lose those floers, as I have waited real long to see them happen. Please help!

12:08 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Thanks for finding my site. First, I would wait to repot your plant until you get it into better shape. Sometimes repotting will give the plant a little shock which we don't want to do since it's already in shock.

It is going to take a little time to nurture your Peace Lily back to health. Try giving it some houseplant food. I use Miracle Gro's All Purpose Houseplant Food, the link is in the comment above yours. You mix a small amount into the water.

I wouldn't worry too much. Mine has gone into almost a dead state where I've trimmed back almost the whole plant, and with a little care, it's back beautiful. Once it gets back on schedule with regular watering and a little food to help it along, it should be fine.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:25 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Pradeep,

Try getting your Peace Lily back to the conditions it was doing well in which it sounds like you have. Get it back on track with the regular watering schedule.

Just to check, you haven't seen any type of bugs or insects around the plant have you? I haven't experienced this traumatc of an effect from extra light or water for such a short time period. Thus, my thinking it could be something else.

Like I said to the person above, try giving it a little houseplant food. Sometimes a little extra will do the trick.

In terms of the flowers, it's hard to say. I know a couple of times where mine has been ready to bloom and then something happens and the blooms don't make it, shortly after it seems to bloom again.

Please let me know if you have any questions and how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:32 PM  
Blogger Pradeep said...

Hi drayas,

Thanks for your response! Just to update you on my plant-status, the leaves that drooped off dramatically late last week are now starting to go yellow and wilt away. I have a feeling that I am not gonna be able to revive them.
The last day or two, I noticed something very strange. Some weird sort of white powdery stuff now covers the top of the soil, and I was wondering if it could be mold? Also.I noticed that the top layer of the soil, which used to be firm and compact, is now loose and powdery. Is the soil infected with mold?

10:30 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Pradeep,

It could be mold. Since you've had the plant for awhile I think we can rule out bad soil. The mold most likely came from the over watering. The plants soil is being kept too moist, allowing the mold to grow.

You can remove the top layer of soil /mold and then watch how often you water the plant. If the mold comes back, try repotting the plant in a different soil mixture.

Hope this works!
drayas

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a Closet Plant from my mother's funeral flowers on the 3rd and have not been a plant person before. The leaves are turning yellow and some have black spots on them. I have set the plant outside and watered it and allowed it to drain before bringing it back inside twice. HELP, Given how I came about the plant I would like for it to live.

10:35 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I know how it is to try and keep a plant received from an occasion alive. You mentioned you placed the plant outside. Is it in direct sunlight? Direct sunlight can damage the Peace Lily's foliage. Peace Lily's thrive best in lower lighted areas.

How often are you watering the plant? I water mine about once a week. When the foliage begins to slightly droop, it's time to water. Over watering can also cause the yellowing leaves along with direct sunlight. Try these tips and maybe give it a diluted amount of Miracle Gro Houseplant Food for an extra little boost.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Peace Lily recently tried to bloom, but the white bud turned dark brown just where it meets the stalk and now it's quickly dying (the bud, not the plant). I'm not sure what happened or if there was anything I could have done to prevent it. Is this common with this type of plant?

1:44 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Sorry for the delay in response. I was gone for the holiday weekend, with no internet access. My Peace Lily has done this before too. The plant appears all ready to bloom, and then the flowers die. I can't say what causes it. If one of my readers knows, please let us know.

I usually give it a little does of houseplant food and then it blooms again pretty quickly. As long as you follow the guidelines on watering and light requirements, you should be fine and it will bloom again, trust me.

Thanks,
drayas

9:49 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Good information here. Thanks :)

Poisonous in what way? Should I wash my hands after touching my peace lily?

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear drayas,

I have had my plant for, going on, five years and about a month ago I replanted it with Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.About a week after replanting I had found little, teeny green-clear bugs inside the soil.And these bugs are really small, they are just about microscopic.I also saw, about two weeks later, a winged type of bug, and I think there's mold growing around the stem of the plant. What should I do ? {Please, get back to me as soon as possible. THANX}

-Sabrina and Bree

4:38 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sabrina & Bree,

This probably isn't what you want to hear, but it sounds like you got some bad soil. The Miracle-Gro soil you used is what I typically use. I would purchase new soil and repot.

But, before you repot, let's try a few things first. Try removing the mold like soil. Then, mist your Peace Lily with a soapy dishwater mixture. Mist twice a day for a couple of days, if the bugs are gone, then we solved one issue. If they are still there you can purchase a houseplant insecticide at any garden center.

In terms of the mold around the stem, have you changed the type of water you water the plant with lately? Water that is run through a water softener will leave a mold like residue on the soil.

So, if you remove the mold and it comes back as well as the bugs, then purchase some new soil and repot. You can purchase the same soil; the bag you bought may have had a hole in the bag, allowing the bugs/mold to get in already at the store before you even brought it home.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Thanks,
drayas

8:53 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Adam,

Sorry I am just answering your question. Peace Lily's are poisonous if eaten, so keep any pets or children away from the plant, if they like to chew on things.

Thanks for finding the site,
drayas

8:55 AM  
Blogger J said...

Hi.

I desperately need help.

My peace lily went to the great mulcher in the sky. All the leaves just fell off. There's no sign of parasite or fungus as I treat bi-monthly...it's nothing but some almost dried roots.

Should I try to stimulate root growth or toss it and get a new plant? I savior lost causes so I really want to try re-growing this, but you're the expert.

Thanks.

7:09 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

J,

I need to know a little more about the plant. How long have you had it? Have you recently moved the plant to a new location?

Here is what you can try right away. Purchase a rooting powder available at most local garden centers. Dip the roots in the powder as directed and then put back into the soil. This should help to stimulate new growth. Also, give the plant some basic houseplant food to try and give it a little more of a boost.

Thank you,
drayas

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Drayas,
Can my Peace Lily survive by light from a table lamp? Also, can it tolerate cold temperature such as,the air condition or do I need to close my vents in that room.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Christina said...

Hey there! Hope you can give me some advice.

After my lily blooms, the flowers turn from white to green and the inside little spiky bud dies. Should I cut the green flower off? Should I just cut the bud off? Should I cut the whole stalk off?

Thanks for your help!

8:50 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

In order for your Peace Lily to survive by a lamp, you'll need to get a specific bulb for growing plants.

In terms of the temperature, your air conditioning won't affect the plant. Only if it gets below 55.

Thanks,
Drayas

9:03 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Christina,

After mine blooms and the whole stalk turns brown, I then usually cut the stalk off where the new growth is starting to coming out of it.

Thanks,
drayas

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Miss Profe said...

Hi.

I discovered your site via a Google search, and I am glad I did.

I have two peace lilies. They are green, but have brown tips. However, the thing I am most concerned about is that their roots have grown out and above the soil, and are exposing a conelike base. What does this mean?

I hope you can help. Thank you.

11:34 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Miss Profe,

I'm glad you found my site too!! In terms of your Peace Lily's roots growing above the soil. Have you repotted your plants recently? You may want to move them to a bigger pot. This could be a sign they have outgrown their current home.

You could also just add some soil to help cover them up again.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thank you,
Drayas

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Miss Profe said...

Hi. Drayas.

Thank you for reading my message, and for your recommmendations.

Just after I posted my comment to you, my mother took the peace lilies out of their pots, shook off the soil, and untangled the roots. The plants were *very* root bound and pot bound. In fact, one of the plants barely had any soil! My mother repotted the plants into larger pots, and added fresh soil. They look better already.

Another question, if I might: When should I add liquid fertilizer to my newly repotted plants?

3:18 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Miss Profe,

I usually only fertilize or feed my houseplants once a month. I use a simple Miracle Gro houseplant food in which you add just a few drops in the water.

Follow the recommendations on the bottle you purchased, but you should have no problem feeding them right away.

I usually feed them 3/4 of what the bottle says.

Thank you,
Drayas

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Miss Profe said...

Thank you, Drayas, for your information and for your blog.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my peace lily about 4 yrs. It bloomed once and thats all. It has beautiful shiny green foilage and is getting quite large.I have it 8ft from a picture window and water once a week and fertilize occasionally with miracle grow. I repotted recently. no flower since 4 yrs ago. Do I need to dry it out more and let it droop and put it in more shade?
Sharon

1:15 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sharon,

Some of the most common reasons for Peace Lily's not blooming are not enough light, not enough humidity or the plant is root bound. Since you seem to have all of the above covered and you fertilize the plant periodically I am out of words. I did some research and a couple of sites stated that very mature Peace Lily's will bloom very little, however I've had my plant for almost 10 years now and it just keeps blooming.

My answer would be trial and error. Try moving it closer to the window for a month or so. If that doesn't work, try fertilizing it more often. If it is the humidity requirement, you can give the plant a misting a couple times of week.

Sorry I couldn't give you an exact reason. Please do let me know how the trial and error works out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there! i just bought a peace lily last wk. so far its responding well to its new environment. the leaves are green and healthy. however, the gorgeous beautiful white flower now has brown spots. it sounds like its at the end of its cycle. but the interior stem is still white. should i cut the flower off? just pull off the leaf? please help

3:41 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

In terms of what to do with the flower, it's completely up to you. I always leave mine alone until they are pretty much all brown. Then I cut them off right where the brown meets the green on the stem.

My mom, cuts the flowers off right when they start turning brown.

There's really no wrong answer.

Thanks,
drayas

7:09 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...

hi i dont know how long this has bn or if you will reply but anyways my peace lily seems to be in pretty bad shape, when i got it it was flowering and did for a couple of weeks but it started going black inside the flower(bud) then the flowers have turned green i kept watering when it got dry and and feeding about every month but it just inst getting better worse i dont know if it is that i am to cut the flowers on or not if i do need to where do i cut them from? on top of that earlier today i was watering it and noticed tiny little white bugs at the bottom they werent there the other day we have just been out 2 buy some instecticide and i have sprayed it. we were going to repot it but now dont know if to wait with there been bugs on it. any help would be appreiciated as it is centimental. thanks andrea

10:04 AM  
Blogger A said...

Hi, I also have a Peace Lily and it looks as if it is dying also. I repotted it about two weeks ago and it seemed to be doing much better. I figured by now that it would be 100% but it's not. It still has yellow leaves and some have brown tips. I water it once a week and Sat and Sun. i place it in the window. I have my plant in my office. Am I doing something totally wrong?? When I replanted it I bought soil with plant food it in. It said that it would be good for three months. I replanted it July 22 and today is August 16th so it's been about a month and it's still not 100% help please :) and thank you :)

1:36 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

A,

How close to the window is it? Peace Lily's usually prefer moderate to low light levels. Mine is 10 feet from the windows.

When you say you water it once a week and Sat and Sun, you don't mean you water it 3 times a week do you? I usually water mine once every week, week and a half.

Let me know about my first two questions and we will go from there.

Thank you,
drayas

6:15 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Andrea,

In terms of the flowers, this is one thing that happens to me. Where my Peace Lily looks beautiful and then the flowers turn black. I simply cut the flower stems off where they meet green on the stem.

In terms of feeding the plant. What are you using? Is is simply a houseplant food or some type of fertilizer? Peace Lily's can be touchy to fertilizer so try diluting the fertilizer a bit.

I would get rid of the white bugs before repotting. Repotting will usually send the plant backwards slightly for a week or so, just to adjust. Plus, you don't want to bring the bugs over to the new pot.

Please let me know how things work out. I usually try to answer within 1 - 2 days, sometimes quicker.

Thanks,
drayas

6:18 AM  
Blogger A said...

I place it right up against the window, the way our office is facing it only gets sun maybe.. five hours of the day... I do not water it on Sat and Sun I only place it in the window those two day. When I do water it I put the water right in the middle of the plant close to the stems. :) thanks

7:40 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

A,

This is what I would try. My guess is that the lighting is the culprit. Try for two weeks, not putting the plant in the window on the weekends. It may be that those two days of direct sunlight are hurting the plant.

During the week, how far away is it from a window?

Thanks,
drayas

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, this may be one of your first postings from a guy. I have a peace lily and just got it. No problems, it is very beautiful. I water it with two cups of water once a week and it already has four blooms, in about two weeks. I have been told by the florist that I may need to eventually "split" the plant into two plants, and repot them separately. How will I know when to do that, and How Do I do that?
Thank you for any help you can provide.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my Peace lily for about a year. I recently notice some leaves were turning yellow and falling off and some were turning brown. There are tiny whitish bugs on the soil but I'm sure they are not whites flies. Any suggestions?

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I googled and found your site. I wondered if you could give me some advice. I have a small peace lily which I bought a few months ago. Everything was fine until I went away for a month leaving it with friends to water.

I came back to find the leaves yellow, and a lot of very smelly water in the bottom of the container. I assume it was over-watered and went rotten.

I cut off the leaves that were very yellow, removed some obviously soggy and brown roots, emptied the horrible water and went back to my routine of watering less regularly. Since then it has flowered, and some leaves seem ok, though not as lush green as they used to be. Other leaves remain yellow and the very bottom ones are dying.

Is there anything more I can do for this poor plant, or shall I just wait and see? Thank you for your help!

Jessica

8:58 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Congratulations on your new Peace Lily. The plant may need to be split when it outgrows it pot. You shouldn't have to worry about that for a good year or more. Mine is been in its same pot for 3 years now.

Basically you'll know by if the plant's root center is pretty much the whole pot. You can then split the plant if you'd like or just repot it into a bigger pot.

Nice job on getting yours to bloom right away. Many times that isn't the case.

Thanks,
drayas

9:24 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Spray your Peace Lily with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day for 3 days or so. No matter what the white bugs are, they shouldn't be there. Move your plant away from any other houseplants you may have so they don't spread.

If the bugs don't go away after a few days of the spraying, go to your local garden center and purchase an insecticidal spray and that should really do the trick.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:29 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Jessica,

Unfortunately, you will just need to wait and see. Over watering is the culprit. It may take some time to recover. It seems like the plant suffered from some root rot, which means you'll need to give it time to regrow and fix the roots that were damaged.

You could give a little dose of houseplant food for an extra boost too.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, thank you for your help. I'll let you know how it goes!

I've just noticed that there are new leaves growing, so maybe it's recovering already :-)

Jessica

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Hi there! I just bought my Peace Lily a week ago and it had 2 beautiful white flowers. Within the week, the both have turned brown and are drooping. What did i do wrong? And once they totally turn all brown, what should i do, remove them at the flower, or remove the whole stalk? I'd love it if the flowers could bloom again!

3:40 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hi Nikki,

If the whole plant is droopy, then you need to give it more water.

You can cut the dead flowers off, down to where the green on the stem is. Since it was flowering and then stopped, chances are once you get the watering down pat it will flower again.

Let me know how things turn out.

Thank you,
drayas

9:00 PM  
Anonymous sameriah said...

How do I keep my peace lily blooming.

4:30 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Getting a Peace Lily to bloom isn't as easy as we'd like. They pretty much flower when they want to. Typically it is every few months.

If you have a newer/younger Peace Lily flowering can sometimes coincide with light. Make sure your plant is receiving enough bright light.

You can add small amounts of a houseplant food, but do not overdo it. You could do more harm than good.

Hope this helps,
drayas

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I live in Miami and I have received a peace lily as a gift from my mom. It has been with me for about 7 months and it has been doing great, however, now days it is not reacting very well. I have not moved the plant, nor have I watered it too little or too much. After reading on your tips I learned about letting it dry between watering. My question to you is: the inside of my blooms are turning from yellow to brown. Should I cut those out or let it stay there? I am not sure if that is a I'm dying sign. Also, the flowers are not white, they are still green. Help!! Thanks.

7:54 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

You may cut the dying flowers off down where the dying portion meets good growth. The flowers dying are not a sign the whole plant is dying. My Peace Lily is very healthy and still every once in a while it goes through a period where it just doesn't look well.

Then within two weeks or so, it springs right back to the way it was before.

I wouldn't change any of your habits in terms of water or lighting since it has been healthy up until this point. You could give it a little bit of houseplant food if you like.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My Lily became over watered and I believe got some kind of root rot and I have replanted it with new soil, it seems to be reviving, but all the leaves are dead. Should I cut them off or wait to see if there is new growth? Thanks, Hillary

4:41 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hillary,

I would leave the dead leaves there for now. I've never had one lose all it's leaves so I'd hate to tell you to cut them off without knowing for sure.

Once you start to see where the new growth is coming from, if it's not from the dead foliage, then you should be safe to cut the dead leaves away.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:18 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Dear drayas,
I have had my peace lily for about 5 months now and it is healthy and happy. It is in a smaller pot and I really want the plant to expand and grow larger. Would replanting to a larger pot help this? Also, at times after the flowers bloom they dry and turn a brown color, how is it suggested to cut it back?
Thanks,
Jennier

12:48 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Jennifer,

Replanting to a larger pot will help if the plant is running out of space. Take a look at the base of the plant. If it is extending to the edges of the current pot, repot to new container a few inches larger than the current.

In term of the flowers turning brown, I can't help you there. Mine does the same thing. I simply cut them off where the green growth begins.

Thanks,
drayas

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just stopped by for a sec to get some info on my closet plant and noticed many have a problem with mold. The florist I asked after "the funeral" told me that watering from the top causes mold. She said to put the pot into 3-4 inches of water for a couple of hours when it droops. This is what I've done and have had no problems and the plant is healthy and great.

7:54 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Thanks for sharing the tip from the florist. I water from the top and have never had a problem with mold, but many others have, as you see.

Thanks again,
drayas

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I need some help ive had my peace lily plant for over 2 years now when i bought it, it had the flowers but after 2 wks they went since then it has never flowered each year i give it new soil and its always looks healthy, will it ever flower any tips?

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I've had my peace lily for almost two months. It is a very large plant and came in a pretty small pot (about 10") but the nursery people told me it would be fine in that pot. The real problem is that some of the leaves have begun to yellow around the edges and some have dried up and turned brown around the edges. The plant is 10 feet away from a window and gets little light--my house has big eaves so we do not get too much sunlight. I water it 1x a week. The plastic pot that the plant is in sits inside another ceramic pot with no drainage holes and water tends to accumulate there. I fertilized once with the nursery recommended fertilizer when I first brought the peace lily home, but not since then. This is a spectacular plant and i need help to keep it in tip-top shape. Thanks.

10:29 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Peace Lily's tend to flower pretty much whenever they feel like it. Usually they flower once every couple months. Some more, some less.

If it is a newer plant, flowering does seem to coincide with light. Be sure it is receiving enough bright light. Otherwise, if your plant looks healthy but isn't flowering, most of the time you just have to wait.

A wise tail I have had others tell me is that older plants may stop flowering, but I can't confirm this.

You can add small amounts of a houseplant food (water soluable. Only do this once a month or so otherwise you'll do more harm than good.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:49 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I would have to say that your plant is probably not receiving enough sunlight. Try moving it a little closer to the window.

The drainage may also be an issue. Do you routinely water it once a week or do you wait until the leaves begin to droop? Are the roots sitting in water? If not than the drainage shouldn't be an issue.

Please let me know.

Thanks,
drayas

9:53 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sorry to hear your Bromeliad hasn't seemed to sprung back yet, however if it hasn't worsened that is also a good sign.

My Bromeliads were typically slow growers but with so many varieties available I can't say that for all of them.

I really can't give any other great advice, besides to keep following the care guide and cross your fingers. If the plant was severly damaged it may take more time.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a peace lily that I've had for about two months. When my mom and I bought it, we didn't realize that one of the leaves, a big outer one, looked like someone had just torn it off on its edge. In other words, it doesn't come to a point and is jagged. It doesn't appear to be dying, so I was unsure if I should remove that leaf or not. I assume it won't grow back to a point, so I want to know what to do with it--cut it off, wait till it dies? And if I should remove it, how far down do you cut it and all that. I don't typically have a green thumb and am pleased that this plant still looks as good as it does. Also, it's getting plenty of new leaf growth out of its center, but no flowers so far--anything I can do to encourage flowering? I water it once or twice a week and it sits about three feet to the side of a window without a window cover.

Thanks,
Natalie

6:26 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Natalie,

In terms of the torn leaf, you can either leave it or cut it off. I would cut it off as close to the actual stem of the plant as possible, or where a new leaf has begun forming. There's really no wrong way.

In terms of flowering, now that's a different story. There is no secret to getting a Peace Lily to bloom. Some seem to take forever, mine really doesn't stop. Try giving it a little houseplant food once a month or so. All you can really do it wait.

Thanks,
drayas

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a problem I have not seen posted here yet. I've had my plant a couple of years and it looks great and flowers regularly. My problem is that I have a crystal type substance appearing on my leaves. It actually looks like a sugar water residue. Any suggestions?

9:46 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Have you changed the source of your water for the plant? It almost sounds like there's minerals / salt / something in your water.

There's no appearance of bugs at all right?

Lastly, have you done anything around the plant? I had moved my Peace Lily close to the garbage. Then I noticed there were white spots on it. It turns out, when I'm peeling potatoes the overspray when cutting them was getting on the plant. So maybe it's something silly like that.

Please let me know.

Thanks,
drayas

2:23 PM  
Anonymous mikrad said...

Thank you for your advice on this blog. Sounds like you are very dedicated to plant healthiness. I had all sorts of questions about my peace lily. However, after reading your blogs, I have no questions.

Thank you for being here for all of us with plant problems.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous KEC said...

I have had my peace lily for about 3 years, and we moved 6 months ago. Since moving the plant is very unhappy. It's leaves are turning brown/black and withering. Today I cut off a bad leave to find a new growth in the stalk that was black at the top, and it was still in the stalk. Any suggestions?

7:59 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Have you changed anything in it's environment from the old place to the new? I'm thinking a couple different things.

1) Are you using non-treated water? My Peace Lily goes haywire when I just quick give it a drink of tapwater, which runs through the water softener.

2) Did it start going down hill right after the move or after you'd been in the new location for awhile?


Thanks,
drayas

10:43 AM  
Anonymous KEC said...

drayas,

It seems to go downhill after moving to the new house. The older mature leaves started turning back. I am using well water now and was using town water before. Both have sat for over 24 hours. I've checked the root system too, and thatlooks very healthy.

5:27 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Does you well water get run through a water softener? The other main problem may be the lighting. How close is it to the window? Could it be receiving too much direct sunlight that the sun is burning the plant?

Thanks,
drayas

1:48 PM  
OpenID petkatie said...

peace lilly 911
i got a peace lilly as a grand opening plant at my work my plant is always drama i did have it in a window so i moved it and while i was moving it i dropped it and now it's all saggy and i don't know if it needs a bigger pot or how much you should mist it or how often and what i should do because i don't work friday saturday or sunday how much should i water it i have never had a plant and i don't want to kill it please help me

11:48 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

petkatie,

If you water your plant once a week, you should be more than fine. If the plant is droopy, it probably needs water.

Just follow my instructions up above and you should be fine.

Thanks,
drayas

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cat attack!!!

hi drayas, our new cat sliced up the leafs real bad (about 2 mo. ago). since then all new growth has been real small leafs... can i cut this back to the ground? it looks so bad, death might be an improvement (lol). thanks for any advice you may have on this...

4:05 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

I've had my peace lily for 5 years, in a 10" pot, and it was so pretty up until about 1-2 years ago. Tips of many leaves are withered and brown, like burnt paper, it's no longer a vibrant green and it rarely blooms. It's not very close to a vent, it gets good indirect sunlight in the afternoon and I water it when it gets droopy. I am not good about fertilizing however. I have trimmed just the brown parts off but then plant looks odd and just overall doesn't look healthy now. Can I prune it all the way back? Maybe it's time to repot and fertilize regularly? I have answered my own quetions? Please help. Thanks.

8:30 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Well leave it to the cats!! You can cut it back, however I would just cut the foliage that has been damaged from the cat. Right now the plants new foliage is really small because it is sending all its nutrients to try and save the damaged foliage.

Let me know how things work out,
drayas

11:20 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Mary,

My guess would be that the plant has become root bound. Repot into a pot a few inches bigger than the current one.

The edges of the plant may be browned because of the vent it is near as well. Try and move is a couple more inches away from the vent. It may do miracles.

Please keep me posted.

Thank you,
drayas

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Peace Lily hasn'y bloomed in about 3 years what am I doing wrong?

1:30 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Peace Lily's bloom when they want to bloom. They really have a mind of their own.

But, do double check the following:
It's getting enough light and humidity. And that the plant is not root bound. You can also try some houseplant food.

I did some research and a couple of sites stated that very mature Peace Lily's will bloom very little, however I've had my plant for almost 10 years now and it just keeps blooming.

Sorry I couldn't give you an exact answer.

Thanks,
drayas

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I was wondering if I should cut off the browning blooms on my lily. They middle spikey parts are still green but the white leaves are turning brown, and the tips of some of the leaves are browning as well. Please let me know.
Thank you

4:16 PM  
Blogger Crazy Legs Conti said...

Hi there -
I have a couple questions for you.

First - the background:
I received a 1/2 gallon sized peace lily in the fall of 2002 and have managed to keep it alive and watch it thrive and grow since then.

In the Spring of this year, I think the lily got too much sun and the leaves began to burn and yellow... but they're still that way and it's February!

I have the plant(s) inside and I'll try moving them further from the windows and watering them less to see if that helps at all.

My question for you is regarding my plant(s). In the summer it was quite obvious that the poor lily was running out of room in the pot. I ended up repotting it and separating it into two distinct lilies in two different pots. In the newer one, I placed the shoots all around the pot to give them space - should I have clumped them all together in the middle?

Any tips you have would be great!
Thanks.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there! I am really glad I found your site! My mother-in-law passed away three weeks ago and we received a peace lilly from her funeral. We had to transport it home - about a 1.5 hour drive - when the weather was sub-zero. The car was warm when we brought the plant in and it was immediately moved to / from the vehicle. Once we got it home, I noticed that the leaves started to turn brown / black and dry up. We heard it was a low light plant so we placed it in our dining room - about 15 feet from the two large windows in the room (east facing windows). The leaves continue to dry out. Today I went down to the dining room and noticed the entire plant was drooping. I checked the soil and it is wet to the touch (to at least 2" down) so I could not imagine it needed more water (I don't want to over water it). My husband is the one who waters this plant and I am honestly not sure how often he does it (perhaps more than once a week). I am thinking about moving the plant to our living room (less light), letting the soil dry out a little (for about a week), and get some plant food for it. I am concerned, though, if these are the correct steps as the drooping is very noticable and the bottom leaves are now all brown / black (dried out). Do you have any additional advice for our situation? Thanks so much! ~Melissa

10:43 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

When you repotted it, I usually keep the clump together, so that may have been part of the issues.

How close do you have the plants now? Mine does really good about 12 feet from the window.

If the plant isn't drooping alot, it is getting enough water, so I would have to say, it's a lighting issue.

Thanks,
drayas

4:49 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hi Melissa,

Unfortunately, it sounds like the plant did get touched even with the little exposure.

I would say your plant may not be receiving enough light. Mine is about 12 feet away from the main light source in the room, however it receives a lot of indirect light from sky lights. If the soil is wet to touch, don't water it anymore until it is dry to touch.

Give your plant some houseplant food to help give it a little boost. I would also cut the dead foliage off, sending all nutrients to the healthy portions of the plant.

Please let me know how things turn out.

Thank you,
drayas

4:53 PM  
Blogger dominic said...

Hi.. You mentioned that this is a poisonous plant. How does it affect? We have our office completely crowded with these plants almost on every desk and cupboard. I have a few at home and m starting to get worried if it will affect my 3 month old baby.

6:43 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

dominic,

Peace Lily plants are poisonous when eaten, so your office is fine (unless your co-workers are eating the plants!)

At home be sure your plant is out of reach of the baby because they would be likely to try and eat it.

If ingested, common symptoms include mild stomach ache, rash and swelling around mouth. However, if you suspect your baby has eaten some, you should contact a Poison Control Center ASAP.

Thanks,
drayas

7:17 AM  
OpenID lesliem82 said...

I've had my Peace Lily since Oct. and recently the ends of the leaves are brown and dead. I'm thinking it coiuld be due to lack of light. I water it when its droopy, 10-20 oz. of untreated tapwater the plant is on the otherside of the master bedroom from a window that has closed blinds and indirect sun light. I've moved it up stairs next to a window with indirect sunlight, and it looks better, but what do I do with the leaves? I want to get it "better" before I repot it (which it needs because it fills up the pot)

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!
I also found this by Googling.
My mother has a peace lily, it's a couple years old now. Before, it has blossomed regularily, green, and has been very healthy. Now, however, the soil seems to be getting brownish mold or fungus growing on it. It's in shaded light about 3-4 ft from a window, the same place it has always been, and gets a large glassful of water every week, the same as it always has. It's very droopy, and won't perk up. What could be wrong with it? Any help would be very much appreciated!

9:02 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

lesliem82,

Moving it closer to the light should help your Peace Lily tremendously. That sounds like the problem.

If a leave is more than 50% dead, I usually cut it off, down at the stalk of the plant. That way the plant can quit fighting to bring that leaf back to health and work on new growth. Depending on how bad your leaves are, trim it up some, but you don't want to have nothing left either.

Trim it up a bit, keep it by the light and give it a little dose of houseplant food and before you know it, you'll be repotting.

Thanks,
drayas

12:31 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I would repot your plant in fresh new soil. Sometimes soil just goes bad. Maybe there is a mold in there or some type of insect.

The lighting seems fine as well as the watering. Be sure you aren't overwatering the plant. You should water it when the soil is dry 2 to 3 inches into the soil.

You can also give it some houseplant food to try and give it a little more boost.

Please let me know how things work out.

Thanks,
drayas

12:33 PM  
Blogger Busy Bee said...

Hi Drayas,

Brilliant website! I have just recieved a peace lilly as a gift and am a plant virgin and the care instrctions that have been supplied with the plant are rubbish. Whats the best thing to do with my new plant I am really keen to keep it blooming, it has one lily and one lily bud and has lots of big green leaves. It is on my kitchen window ledge at the moment will it have to much light there? And how often should I water it and how much water? .

Thanks

Rachel

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

My peace lily survived almost two weeks without water and now the white flowers have browned & dried up. The leaves look pretty healthy except for one which is yellow. Some of the tips are burnt, and some new leaves have sprouted. What does this mean & what can I do to help it bloom again?

3:52 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Busy Bee,

The post gives pretty good guidelines on watering and light levels. Basically you should water it once a week or so. Usually if it needs water the foliage will droop.

Lighting depends. Mine is about 10 feet from a window I believe and it does great.

Once a month, give it a little houseplant food for extra boost.

Thanks,
drayas

3:39 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

You should water your Peace Lily more often. Usually I water once a week or so. The browning of the flowers and the foliage is probably due to the lack of water.

Give it a good watering and maybe a little does of houseplant food and it should spring back for you.

Thanks,
drayas

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about droopy but green leaves on the office peace lilly. We had recently repotted the plant and divided it into three pots. Two of the plants are doing splendid, however, one is very droopy, though the leaves are still vibrant green and have been since the repotting about a month ago.

We have tried watering it like crazy, as one would think it would need it if it is drooping, but to no avail. It sits about 1 foot away from an eastern exposure window. Any suggestions?

2:58 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

The plant that isn't doing well may be either just in shock from the move or its roots may have been damaged when split.

Water it the same as you do the other plants. Then give it a dose of houseplant food. If it's in shock, the houseplant food should help snap it out.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I bought a peace lily a couple of months ago and it has been doing great and growing like crazy. However, shortly after I brought it home I noticed that there were some sort of tears or holes in some of the leaves. I assumed that this was just due to rough handling from the place where I got it and trimmed off the damaged leaves. But a couple of weeks later I noticed new holes/tears in the leaves. Most of these holes seem to be in the older leaves but I'm noticing them now in the new growing leaves. Is this a fungus or an insect? Other than these holes the plant is doing fine (although it hasn't bloomed yet). What can I do to get ride of this problem? And could this bug/fungus spread to my orchid (that would be devestating!) Thank you:) Suzanne

6:43 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Suzanne,

It sounds like you have an insect problem. Try looking closely at your Peace Lily, do you see any signs of insects besides the holes?

Spray the plant twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture. If new holes continue to appear after a few days of the spray, visit your local garden center and get an insecticide safe for houseplants.

Also, move it away from your Orchid just to be safe.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a peace lilly ive had for about a month now i may have over watered it but a few days after i got it from the florest it was already drooping and turning brown watering didnt help no sun light hasnt help and i also took it into a cool room that hasnt help now im in an apt with central heat and air thinking that would help but it looks like the leaves are dying but there is more blooms blooming.any suggestions?

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your site! my father passed away recently and my mother received a beautiful peace lily. she didn't have room in her home so she left it outside and I know it just was to cold. I have brought it home and am trying to revive it. I was glad to see that cutting some of the damaged stalks would not hurt the plant..or at least i hope there are enough left to keep it. I was wondering if there would be new shoots from the bottom and when can I expect those??? thanks

7:15 AM  
Blogger Crys said...

Have had my peace lily for almost 1 year and it has done beautifuly I was out of town for a month and my dad i think overwatered it so i had the remove three of the largest leaves. It has grown twice the size of when I bought it so I repotted it last week. now the leaves are droopy and some have started to curl under. I really love this plant and could really use your help FAST!!!

thx, crys

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drayas, I have read EVERY blog and not one has mentioned a white powder. My peace lily has white powder on the leaves by the flowers and some gets on my counter too. Is this from the flower and is it natural? The plant and flowers are all fine otherwise. I just spray the leaves off in my sink with the sprayer. Thanks.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My roommate and I have shared a beautiful peace lily for almost 6 years. She mostly takes care of it, watering every other day. It does fairly well, but I am thinking I should repot it as it is very close to overflowing the edges of the pot and I would love for it to get even bigger. Is there any special soil, gravel, sand, etc. I should use in the bigger pot? Also, could I use this opportunity to plant a separate plant so that my roommate can take a part of our plant with her when she gets married and moves out in july? I don't want to hurt our plant though. It's pretty sentimental...

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Hi! I am so glad I found you. I hope you reply to this even though it's been awhile. My husband bought me a Lily for Easter, after a few weeks the leaves and flowers started turning brown and eventually black. I researched what to do and I found a site that told me that they need to be cut down to the base after their first bloom, so I did since I knew nothing about them. Now it is June almost and I still have no growth. Is their any hope of it growing back? It doesn't get direct light, I have it in my kitchen window which never gets any direct sun. What should I do to bring it back to life? Can I even get it to grow again. I didn't cut the roots I just cut it to the soil like it suggested.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bought a peace lilly about 6 months ago, and the florist said to repot it. since i repoted the leaves have yellowed and browned severely, and no new growth since i brought it. i water it once a week.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Vanilla said...

I have no idea if you still check this but I have noticed that you seemed to have some very good advice so I thought I'd give it a try. I have a different sort of problem with my peace lilies. I got it recently and it has been doing wonderfully. I think it was under watered and not exposed to enough light at the nursery I got it because it has just shot up with flowers and foliage since then. My problem is gnats. There is just a ton of those little buggers living on my peace lilies and I'm not sure how to get rid of them. I would rather not replant but I realize that may be necessary. I know that if I mix apply cider vinegar in water and watered the plant with it, it would kill the gnats but I have no idea what acid level spaths prefer. Please give me some of your wonderful advice if you can. Thank you, Jocelin.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just been given a peace lily and it didn't come with any instructions for care. I have tried googling it but there are so many different opinions. How often should I water it? How much should I water it? Also, I've noticed the tips of the leaves and flowers are starting to brown. What should I do? any help would be greatly appreciated

7:35 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I recently received a peace lily but it came with no instructions. I see on the website here that it should be kept away from animals and children. We have a 1 yo cat. Any ideas? Thanks

5:54 PM  
Blogger Ravinder said...

The white powder is the pollen from the flower (you'll usually notice it on the leaves right under the flowers). Yes, its perfectly normal and not anything to worry about.

Great work drayas, keep it up! I was a little concerned that one of the flowers on my peace lily had gone brown, but felt reassured to cut it off after checking your blog.

2:06 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Tina,

The Peace Lily is a poisonous houseplant when eaten. So if your cat is going to bite at it, you'll want to move it out of the cats reach.

Thanks,
drayas

2:44 PM  
Blogger mrs.collins said...

I just found this site by googling also.
I am a first time plant owner and have no clue how to care for my Peace Lily....unti now!
This site has been helpful and I think for now all my questions have been answered!
I am glad to see I am not alone with all these issues and will continue to check this site for further tips!
I feel condfident about caring for my plant now and look forward to watching it nurish and grow!
Thank you for all your time! :)

2:34 PM  
Blogger mrs.collins said...

Some of the foilage have dark spots on them.
What could cause that to happen?

8:45 PM  
Anonymous darkshines said...

Hey there, also found your site from google, and from your helpful tips it seems I am damaging my lily with too much sunlight! I'll move her away from the window and let her heal, but I was wondering if she needs a bigger pot too? She's in a vase I got from Ikea, haha, but seems to have a lot of roots. Can I upgrade her to a bigger pot? I included some pictures...

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i222/darkshinestheassassin/lily003.jpg

One side
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i222/darkshinestheassassin/lily002.jpg

the other side
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i222/darkshinestheassassin/lily001.jpg

5:57 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

mrs. collins,

It sounds like some kind of pest or mold may have gotten to your plant. Try spraying the plant once or twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture.

Did you move the plant recently to brighter light?

Thanks,
drayas

1:44 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

darkshines,

You should be able to repot. I couldn't see the photos, it said I needed to login to your private album.

Get a pot that is 2 - 4 inches bigger than the current. Peace Lily's like to be semi root bound so you don't want to give it a ton of space.

Thanks,
drayas

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After a funeral in Oct we rec'd a very large peace plant that has gone down hill daily. It is about 12' from the window, I water it once a week, when I fertilize it (rarely) the leaves tend to get a yellow outline on them so I stopped using any fertilizer. The main problem is nearly EVERY leaf has a SIGNIFICANT BROWN EDGE ALL the way around it, and the brown continues to increase until the green leaf part is very narrow in size. I use the city water which has chemicals added but I even bought commercial spring water and it still didn't help. This is actually my bosses plant at work and I seem to be killing it big time. Only 2 or 3 new leaves trying to unfurl. She said I should probably just pitch it, but I would love to get it growing again. Its leaves stand nice and tall, but has never sent up a flag. Its in a large pot with no outside drainage. help.

10:50 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

#1, quit using city water. The chemicals are probably causing some, if not most of your problems. Only water it when it needs it. If the foliage begins to droop, then water.

What were you fertilizing it with? Use a simple houseplant food. Anything more, will cause problems as you described.

Follow the care guidelines I list and it should come back.

Thanks,
drayas

8:55 PM  
Blogger brown thumb said...

Hi - I had a beautiful peace lily given to me last month. I went out of town for 2 weeks and asked a neighbor to come by and water it, but that neighbor got sick. So when I returned to town it was a limp mess and turning brown. I watered it but it kept getting browner and limper. Finally I tried some miracle gro and it began to stand up (kind of) and start sprouting new leaves. I say kind of stand up because the stems are erect, but the leaves are still drooping like a person who has fallen asleep at their desk. Even the new leaves that are coming up are droopy. It's been about 2 weeks since I returned from my trip. Any recommendations? My husband is dying to toss it and I really want to hold on to it for sentimental reasons.

2:45 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

brown thumb,

Do not toss it!!! If new growth is appearing, it's not a lost cause. Keep babying it and get the plant back on a normal watering / feeding schedule. It should spring back since you're seeing new growth.

Keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Sadcarm said...

I am so happy I found your Web site. I am in tears with my peace lily. It has sentimental value, so I want to save it. I was only watering it once a week. Then after a day or so, it would droop. So I thought it needed more sun. Then I thought, maybe more water. Well, now I have a droopy mess…in 1.5 weeks time. So, from reading your info, I just moved it away from the direct sunlight and gave it more water. My question: How long will it stay droopy like this? It’s been a few hours, nothing yet in terms of perkiness. IS it dying? Should I tie a string around the stems (with a stick) to help it stand up? It looks so stressed and like the leaves and steams could break at anytime. Please help! Please advise! Thank you!

7:32 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sadcarm,

You need to get it on a regular schedule again. Keep the plant in the same spot and water it once a week. Give it a good drink. Once you get a consistent schedule you can then determine what's the problem and change one factor at a time (Move it closer to light or water more) but don't do both at the same time.

Peace Lily's are pretty tough, so don't give up.

Keep me posted,
drayas

9:52 PM  
Blogger Brown Thumb Missy said...

Drayas,

I need your help. I bought a big peace lilly from Home Depot about a month ago. I had hopes that this might be a plant I could grow, but my previous track record of killing plants seems to be continuing. I left for vacation (gone 7 days) and it was drooping pretty bad when I returned. I loaded it up with water. And kept doing so...about 8 oz every day for the next week and a half. I already know from reviewing other comments that that was too much watering and I should stick to about 1 watering a week. I still need help though. It's current condition is a yellow leaf and lots of decaying flowers and flower stalks. I currently have it in a well-lit foyer that offers lots of indirect sun. It is about 3-4 feet away from an arched window and side windows around my front door. What should I do to keep my plant alive?

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your information about the peace lily Ms. Houseplant Lady! My boyfriend bought me a peace lily for my office, and I have placed it about 4 ft. away from my window, which lets in just enough light during the morning, and during the afternoon the sun is on the opposite side of the building, so it gets it's shade then. Before I brought it to my office, my cat decided to chew on a few of the leaves...they have turned brown and yellow. Should I trim those leaves away, or just let them sit there? Please help! I want my plant to be happy!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous SadCarm said...

Hello again,
Thanks for your help. My peace lily is not doing well. I moved it from the direct sun and it gets more and more limp each day. Some of the leaves are limp and getting brown. I watered it on Tuesday, so I will wait a week. But, do you think it is dying? Should i cut the dead leaves? Can I or should I re-pot any parts of it at this point?

Thanks,
Sadcarm

9:43 PM  
Blogger serenity's_mom said...

Hello I recently "inherited" a Peace Lily and I know absolutely nothing about caring for plants. I really want to do a good job caring for Serenity (yes, I've named her) so I was hoping you could give me some tips (how often to water, how much water). At this point the only place she fits nicely is next to my living room window. I do leave the blinds open a few hours a day so that she can receive some sunlight (how do I determine if she's receiving too much sunlight).

Thank you in advance
Serenity's mom

6:37 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Brown thumb missy,

Unfortunately you need to wait it out. Yes, it sounds like you really overwatered the plant. Give it a week before watering again. You can remove the dying foliage.

When you water again, give it a dose of houseplant food as well.

Please keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

3:17 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

You can trim the leaves the cat chewed on off. Not only do they probably look bad, they're also taking away nutrients from the rest of the plant, so just get rid of them.

Thanks,
drayas

3:18 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

SadCarm,

You can trim off the dead leaves. It may be dying, but now that you've moved it out of the direct light, now you can get it on a consistent watering schedule. The next time you water give it some houseplant food as well.

We just have to keep waiting and watching. By keeping things consistent you can solve the problem. Do not repot at this point. Repotting alone can send the plant into a shock state, which we don't want to do right now since it's already having problems.

Keep us posted.
drayas

3:22 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Serenity's mom,

Just follow the guide at the top of the page and you should be set. Peace Lily's are fairly easy to care for. When it starts to droop, water it.

Good luck and congratulations on your new plant.
drayas

P.S. My plants don't have names, but they are all males and I talk to them regularly.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous RosaCityofLeeds said...

I have had my Peace Lily for about two years. It's looking really healthy, big green leaves with new foliage coming through all the time. But - it hasn't flowered for about a year and a half!
I water it about once a week, feed it with houseplant food and have potted it on to a bigger pot.
Has it not flowered just because it's a temperamental plant, or is there anything else I could be doing?

6:50 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

RosaCityofLeeds,

Peace Lily's flower pretty much when they feel like it. Usually they flower once every couple months. Some more, some less.

Have you moved it at all in the last year? Sometimes the amount of light it receives coincides with flowering.

Thanks,
drayas

8:28 AM  
Anonymous RosaCityofLeeds said...

Yes - it has moved from a dark basement flat to a much lighter space. I am careful, however, to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Have read the tip on misting so will endeavour to keep it moist, too!

9:11 AM  
Blogger lilly lover said...

My peace lilly looses one leaf at at time. What am I doing wrong.
It's not just this one but every one I have tried to grow. I have it in a pot and I let the dirt get relatively dry but without the leaves drooping before watering. It is about 5 feet from the window.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I've had my peace lily for a year and I believe it is in optimal light conditions. I water regularly, yet have never seen it flower. Can anybody help me? I don't mist or use fertiliser, perhaps this is the reason?

5:38 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

John,

Peace Lily's flower pretty much when they want to. Usually they flower once every couple months. Some more, some less.

If it is a newer plant, flowering does seem to coincide with light. Be sure it is receiving enough bright light. Chances are you just need to wait.

You can add small amounts of a houseplant fertilizer once a month or so to see if that gives it a boost.

Thanks,
drayas

2:04 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Hi drayas,

Thanks so much for your reply. I'm leaving the country for England (I currently live in Canada) in six weeks time. It is essential that my lily flowers before that time (I have made a financial commitment in the form of a little wager with my office mate). Is there anything at all that I can do that might speed up the flowering process? What type of fertiliser would you recommend?

One more question - do you know if I'll be allowed to bring my lily on the plane with me when I travel?

Thanks again,

John

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

drayas,

I received a peace lily from a family funeral in January. It has been healthy, but I decided to repot it to a pot that would hold it long term. It was looking great, I water when it just starts to droop, about once a week. We were out of town for a week and when we came home the peace lily was drooping from the center. We left the A/C a 80 while we were gone, the plant was in indirect sunlight, but we left a lamp on on the counter above the peace lily all week.

When we returned I gave it a little water (Saturday night) and then Sunday put it on our screened porch for a little more sunlight (this usually works), but it is still drooping. I cut off the brown leaves, is there anything else we can do?

Thanks,
Danielle

8:43 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

John,

I'm sorry but I have no tricks to make a Peace Lily flower. I use Miracle Gro Houseplant Food for my plants. You add a small amount to the water when watering.

Sorry I can't help any more than that. Good luck with the bet!

drayas

8:47 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Danielle,

You can try giving it some houseplant food to give it an extra boost.

Do you always leave the lamp on above it when you leave? I'm just trying to figure out what may have caused the plant to go south on you.

Thanks,
drayas

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Okay, I really need some help here. My peace lily is in my living room about 10 feet from any sun light and the leaves are turning brown (even the new "baby" leaves). I don't know what to do. I water it anywhere from once a week to once every two weeks. I've tried fertilizer, moving it further away from my sliding glass door and nothing seems to be working. What else could be causing the leaves to turn brown?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

I've had my peace lily for about a month now and I water it at least once a week. It sits about ten feet for a north window where it gets moderate sunlight. I haven't given it any fertilizer but the fertilizer that was in the potting soil I used in the pot. Recently one of the flowers browned and died so I cut it off. Now the other flower is browning and some of the leaves are beginning to turn yellow with brown spots on them. What do you think the problem is?

3:54 PM  
Blogger Sadat said...

I used to water my peace lily once a week. So when I left for a 5 day trip, I thought it would be okay once I got back. But to my utter disappointment, when I got back, the plant completely wilted and all the blooms turned brown. I thought my lily died! I immediately watered it and now after two days, it seems to be coming back to life with the leaves and flower stems starting to stand upright.

Now despite the fact that my lily is not drooping anymore, the stems that had the blooms are yellowish brown and look ugly. I've heard that for a normal lily that wasn't brought back from the dead, you just cut off the spiky 'flower' when it turns brown. But the 'leaf' right beside the spiky flower actually look much worse than the 'flower'. I can send a picture if this description isn't clear.

My question is: do I cut off the leaves that have turned brown, in addition to the 'flowers'. If so, where do I cut them -- right at the root of the plant at the bottom, or at the top where they've turned brown?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your website with so much good info, but I haven't seen my question. Every peace lily I have ever gotten was for a funeral and they have beautiful enormous leaves, but after having them at home for a while the new leaves are much tinier. How can I get them to grow big again and is it okay to spray leaf shine on them? I haven't so far but would like to know if it will hurt them. Thank you.

2:16 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sadat,

I typically cut the dead leaves or flowers as close to the stem as possible. If you just cut the brown part of the leaf off, the ends will brown again.

Thanks,
drayas

2:51 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I use Miracle Gro Leaf Shine on my Peace Lily. In terms of getting the large leaves, you just have to provide it exceptional environments, like the floral shops do.

Thanks,
drayas

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Miranda said...

I've had my peace lily for 4 1/2 years and it hasn't flowered for the last 2. The leaves, which were once nice and full are now very thin. I always cut off dying leaves close to the stem and now I have a pot full of the remains of old, dead stems. I was wondering if I should repot to a slightly larger pot? I would also like to split it so that I have 2 plants. How would I go about doing this? Do I need a healthy stem w/ roots?

4:48 PM  
Blogger GT500KR said...

I have a georgous peace lily with little annoying flies that I cannot seem to get rid of...Please let me know how to rid my peace lily of these little bug's without killing my beautiful peace lily.

Thanks, Tammy

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a peace lily from my fathers funeral three years ago. I just got it from my sister who has neglected it all this time. It has only seven stalks left and all the leaves have yellow or bromn tips or spots. However, it did have three new growths. Two of them ended up wilting then died.It was still in the flimsy plastic pot it came in so I repotted it. I used a mixture of Miracle Gro potting soil, peat moss, and some top soil. The third growth seems to be thriving so far. I probably was not letting the soil dry out in between watering. Ihave it about six feet from my dining room windows which face east.I didn't use too big of a pot when repotting. Do you think I can revive my plant? What should I do to help it along? I relly want this plant to thrive since it is a reminder of my father. I would be crushed to see it die. Thanks Lisa

10:50 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Lisa,

Your Peace Lily should come back. They are tough houseplants. Repotting it and getting is onto a normal watering schedule will do wonders. You can also give it some houseplant food while watering. I use Miracle Gro's houseplant food. Feed it once a month while watering.

Keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! My poor peace lily needs help. I bought a stupid "water globe" and within two weeks, most of the bottom leaves turned yellow and the whole plant is super droopy. I took out the globe, the soil on top is dry, soil on bottom is wet (no standing water). Still, super droopy! What else should I do?? I love your site - thank you!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Sween said...

Hey Clver houseplant lady! Can you please tell me how to get rid of the flowers on the peace lily once they have died?
Do I cut them off or pull them from their tube? Not sure what to do as I don't want to risk getting no further flowers.
Thanks
Sween

12:26 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Sween,

I cut them off near the base.

Thanks,
drayas

11:37 AM  
Anonymous brown thumb said...

It's been about 3 months since my last post. My plant is not doing any better and it's not doing any worse. It is still looking sparse, and the leaves still don't stand straight up but it does have some new growth. Some of them live some die. I have been watering once a week and feeding about once a month. Do I need to replant it?

10:19 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

brown thumb,

Don't give up. Peace Lily's like to be semi root bound so if you want to try repotting, don't get an overly large pot for it. I think at this point, repotting the plant won't hurt anything so I'd give it a try. Maybe it will shock it enought to come back better.

Try repotting and keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:21 AM  
Blogger Gloria Thomas said...

I have a peace lily that the leaves are brown, I cut the leaves off, but I don't know if I am cutting them off the right way, I cut only the leaf off should I cut the whole stem off too?

6:51 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Gloria Thomas,

I usually cut the stem off as well as close to the base as I can. Once you cut the leave off, usually the stem doesn't produce a new one. At least that's what I have experienced in the past.

Hope that helps. Thanks,
drayas

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I recently purchased two peace lilies from Home Depot along with an additional bag of potting soil. I potted both of them and added additional soil. Within the first week one started drooping and the second has to began to do the same. I water them weekly and lightly mist them daily. They receive mild indirect window lighting. I checked the soil and have noticed a few very, very small black flea-size insects. I have noticed tiny white styrofoam like granules. These I assumed were time released fertilizer of some sort but, they were not alone. I have also found off-white tiny balls that, when squished, burst fluid like that of an egg/pod. I am an amateur plant guy and have no idea how to treat this. Should I pull them out, clean and rinse them, and then repot in new soil? I hope you still monitor this blog. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!!
-Matt

3:44 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Matt,

It's probably just shock. The tiny white granules is Perilite. It is added to the soil to help aerate. The off-white balls of fluid are time released fertilizer that has been added to the soils.

Plants typically will go into shock for a week or so when repotted. Keep your plants on a consistent watering schedule. Right when they start to droop, then water.

Please keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:26 AM  
Anonymous sharon said...

I have had a peace lily for about 7 years. Mine came with a beta fish in the vase. The beta has died. The lily is doing OK but, I have no LARGE leaves and it hasn't bloomed for about 5 years. Any suggestions?
Sharon

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. My two peace lilies are very happy now. They both stand at high attention and are very thankful that they now have a regular watering schedule. I was watering them often, just not giving them enough water at times. Thanks, again.

-Matt

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Ruth said...

I just started at a new office and they have a peace lily and a corn plant. We found out the the corn plant was getting too much water - so we have tried to correct that problem, but it is taking a long time to dry out. I have not watered it for over 2 1/2 weeks and the top of the soil is still damp. Any suggestions?
Our next problem is our peace lily. The leaves are very large and green and look great, but the flowers are light green, not white. One has a little white on the edge, but that's all. And there are only 3 flowers. I am watering it about once a week and it sits in front of a north facing window. Some of the stems have bent over and are cracked at the 'bends' but haven't completely broken off. Should I snip them off? Any suggestions?
We also have another plant, but i'm not sure what it is. I was looking around the internet and I think it may be a Chinese evergreen. It looks like there are 5 plants in one pot and the pot is about 12in. The leaves look very crowded and there are 'sticky beads' on the leaves. They look like dew. Any suggestions on this one too?
Thank you for all your help.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i found several new tips here, thanksverymuch! ive been babysitting a lily with very sentimental value to my brotherinlaw, so trying to keep it in tip top shape. the biggest cluster seems to be growing up out of the soil and is starting to flop over when i peek under the pot to make sure there's no standing water...any idea what to do with that section?

7:26 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Ruth,

Well in terms of the Corn Plant, keep waiting, if the soil is still damp, then it doesn't need water.

The Peace Lily flowers when and as much as it wants. Mine flowers green every once in awhile as well. In terms of the stems that are broke, I'd snip them off as close to the base as possible. They are only adding strain on the plant.

Your Chinese Evergreen may have some type of pest. Spray the plant at least once a day with a soapy dishwater mixture. You may also want to try and wipe the foliage with rubbing alcohol too.

Keep us posted. Thanks,
drayas

9:32 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

How long are you plant sitting for? It sounds like the plant may need to be repotted, it's outgrown its current pot.

When you repot the plant it will probably go into a little shock period, so if you're only plant sitting for a short while, I'd wait and let him repot it.

Thanks,
drayas

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

babysitter again
ive had the plant here for two years now and looking to send it home finally! i actually repotted when i first brought it here...it still seems to have plenty of room...thanks, liz

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a peace lily that sits close to a window and gets filtered afternoon sun. I water it once a week and I have had the plant a couple of years and it is just no growing still as small as when I first got it. I fertilize once a month with Miracle Grow, what can I do to get my peace lily to grow better?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous carol said...

Carol said.....
Read the thing about the leaves tips turning color and drying out and you said it might be too much light. Not the case here. My son has the same problem and it is in his office without sun light. I water about once a week. What might be the problem. I prune the bad leaves and stems off. Have not repotted the plant. Have had the plants about a year. In the orginal pot that came from the florist. What do you suggest.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Don said...

My Peace Lily is about 5 years old. It is huge. It is in a 18" diamter pot 15" deep.It has developed a sticky substance on the leaves and has brown spots. It seem very healthy? How do I get rid of this sticky stuff?

7:11 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

In terms of getting your plant to grow in size, I can't say. Mine pictured above has been that same size since I got it which is over 7 years ago now.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Thanks,
drayas

10:12 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Don,

It sounds like your Peace Lily has got some kind of pest. Try spraying the plant twice a day with soapy dishwater mixture. If that does not work, you may need to go to a local garden center and get a stronger pesticide.

Thanks,
drayas

10:14 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hey i am in 7th grade and i am doing a science project on how different kinds of fertilizer affects the growth of peace liles. Do you know of any good fertilizers i can use?

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I received a peace lilly two weeks ago. I have not watered it yet. I felt the soil and it was moist. The leave are beginning to turn yellow. Should I water it? I live in an apt and it does not get much light.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Peace Lily I received 9 yrs ago. I have cut off the dead leaves as often as necessary. My question is about the brown bottoms of the cut off leaves and stems. Why do I have them? Do I need to cut further down the stem? They are very unsightly and take away from the beauty of the plant. I need to repot soon also, does that have anything to do with this? What do you recommend?

8:21 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Hi there--found your site via some Googling about my poor peace lily!

I adopted the lily after my grandmother's funeral a couple of weeks ago. I have it in my office because at home I have a cat who really likes to chew on stuff.

Do you know if the lily will droop severely if it gets too cold? It seems like the building management in my office building don't run the heat at night at all (ack!) and now I'm worried about the poor thing, which looked fine a couple of days ago but now it's sad, sad, sad! It's been chilly here lately but below freezing at night for the past couple of nights.

I'm going to feel terrible if I couldn't even keep the poor thing alive for a month...the soil was very dry and so I did water it and pour away the drainage, but I'm afraid that the cold is going to do it in. Any ideas?

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

I wonder if you could help me i have had a peace lilly for around 2-3 months it started off with white flowers they diead off after about a month or 2. I cut off the stalk towards the bottom of the plant as soon as i could see they were turning brown. My plant looks healthy and I have had new flowers since but the flowers are green please help?

5:09 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hannah,

I use Miracle Gro houseplant food. It is a water soluable so you simply add it to the water when you water the plants.

Thanks,
drayas

9:32 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Jillian,

Typically the drooping of foliage is from lack of water. However if you are watering the plant properly, it may be from the cold. Typically if it stays above 50 it should be fine though.

Thanks,
drayas

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I have had my peace lily for almost a year now. I have repotted it several times due to the amount of growth. It recently started getting cooler in the area where I live (southeast) so I brought it in. It was fine for a week or so, then began getting droopy...thinking it was time to water it (as this was usually the case) I watered it but it is still droopy...It is in the same area as last year as far as sunlight goes (in front of french doors that lead to an enclosed porch). Could it possibly be getting TOO BIG? How do you maintain a very large peace lily? I received it at my grandmothers funeral last year so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. I don't want to lose it. HELP!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

I've had my lily for over 2 years now. At one point it was looking fairly sad ~1 year ago, but after repotting it perked back up. Within the last month or so it was drooping more than usual and even after watering it still did not perk back up. I then 1) tried some jove plant spikes per direction based on the pot diameter. 2) Repotted it in the same pot. 3) Let the soil dry more than usual out and then watered. None of these things have helped. I'm not sure what to do next. All of the leaves are drooping and the tips are pointing straight to the ground.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too stumbled on your site, I have read through most of your comments and can't find an answer to my problem. My peace lily is 17 years old, received from friends at my son's funeral. it is hugh and needs to be repotted, something I have done many times. However this time my peace lily has big brown stems where I have trimmed the leaves over the years. Can I cover that part over with soil and have it survive? I would hate to lose this plant after all these years. Please help me! Robin

9:31 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Covering the brown stems should not effect your plant because they are probably dead already.

It's not the majority of the plant is it?

Thanks,
drayas

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a rather large Peace Lily at my Grand mothers funeral a few days ago. I would like to split it and repot. How do you recommend I go about doing this? It looks like it is doing well. However, we did have a nine hour drive home. Should I wait? Also I have it in the corner near my front door since it is rather large. The windows are frosted and I figured it would be a good place for indirect light. However,now I am worried about the cold air that comes in when we open and close the door. The door does open the other direction. Should the affect the plant?

9:48 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Hello. I think I've killed my peace lily, which I kept from my grandmother's funeral. It was doing beautifully, silky green leaves and the occassional flower, but I accidentally left it outside last night (I have been taking it outside during the day to get some sun and it doesn't really get below 50 or so during the day) and it was below freezing. The whole thing is droppy, but still green. Is there anything I can do (other than bring it back inside and hope for the best?)

4:19 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I would wait to split the plant until you get it settled into it's new spot. The cold draft may hurt the plant, it's hard to say, depending on how cold the draft is (your location, WI verus CA). The filtered light I believe should be fine. Mine is quite far from the window and grows beautifully.

When splitting the plant, keep in mind that Peace Lily's tend to prefer being root bound, so when you do repot, keep them in smaller pots.

Thanks,
drayas

3:21 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Crystal,

Pray!! Peace Lily's are pretty hardy so don't give up. Basically there isn't much to do. Give it some houseplant food and remove any dead foliage so all nutrients works on keeping the plant alive.

Keep us posted,
drayas

3:23 PM  

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