How to Revive a Drooping Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)


It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced green thumb or a complete new houseplant parent, most people can use some pointers when they see their peace lily wilting.

A drooping peace lily can be caused by watering issues, humidity problems or pest damage. This article looks into how you can identify the problem and then revive a drooping peace lily.

Let’s get your peace lily back in tip-top shape, just follow these simple steps for reviving it.

Underwatering

One of the most common causes of a wilting peace lily is drought stress, which is when the plant is under watered. This can result in a very droopy plant that starts to wilt, whilst the leaves can start to turn brown.

This is usually quite easy to identify because the soil will be dry when you test it. Simply water your plant with room temperature water.

This plant is quite resilient, so occasionally drying out between watering is not too much of a problem. Just don’t let it happen too often or for long periods.

Overwatering

You can also kill your peace lily by overwatering it. If the peace lily is not in a pot with drainage holes, then the water can suffocate the plant, and it will not be able to survive in these conditions.

To see if your peace lily needs watering, use the old finger trick, and place your finger into the soil. Feel to see if the soil is damp. If it is, then it does not need any more water! You could cause root rot, which will quickly cause the peace lily to droop and the leaves to yellow.

If you think that your peace lily has been overwatered, simply stop watering it for a period of time and allow the top inch of soil to dry out. You can then see if your plant starts to recover.

If the soil is completely sodden, then you may need to take further action and remove the plant from its part and dry the soil. Can do this by placing on newspaper. Do not be tempted to squeeze the soil dry, because this may damage the delicate root system.

Humidity

If your peace lily seems to have drooping leaves or ones that are curling up, then you will need to save it. This could be happening because the peace lily is lacking in humidity. Try installing a humidifier near the peace lily to give it the humid, moist environment that it needs.

Your peace lily could need reviving due to it being too dry in your home. If you have the AC or heating on a lot, it could dry out the peace lily and not provide it with the humidity it needs to thrive.

You can also try misting the leaves with a spray to keep the plant humid and moist. You should do this about once per week to give the peace lily the humid climate it needs to survive. You should also ensure that the plant is kept well away from heat sources or air currents, which means never leaving it by the air conditioning unit, as this can zap away all the moisture from the leaves, causing them to droop and wilt.

Pest damage

It’s always worth checking your plants regularly for pest damage. Insects and bugs such as mealybugs can sap the juices from the plant and reduce its vitality. It can then take on a wilted appearance.

When inspecting your plant, particularly look on the underside of leaves, which is where these bugs often hang out.

You can treat insect damage with an insecticidal spray. If you don’t like chemical sprays, carefully use alcohol on a cotton bud to remove individual insects.

How long will it take to revive a drooping peace lily?

If the cause is underwatering, you may see results in a few hours or a day. However, the other causes may take more time to see results

Do be patient with your plant. Don’t give up on it after a couple of days and throw it in your compost heap. As is the case with all living things, the healing of a peace lily is a gradual process.

Once you have identified and addressed any issues that were causing your plant to wilt, maintain a proper peace lily care schedule, and you should start seeing significant signs of improvement in the coming weeks.

The earliest signs of recovery are healthy looking leaves and fresh growth, so keep an eye out for these signs of recovery. Lightly damaged areas of the plant may recover, but this can take a little longer.

Summary

The most important first step is to identify the cause of your peace lily wilting. This is often associated with how often you water the plant or the humidity in which it is growing. Once identified, you can take the appropriate action to revive your plant.

Peace lily facts

What is a peace lily?

First of all, the peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is actually from the family Araceae, which makes it not a lily at all! The peace lily is actually found in tropical regions in Central America, and is therefore used to consistent moisture, dappled sunlight, and a warm tropical environment. As such, you can understand what these flowers expect when it comes to caring for them.

The peace lily adds a touch of tropical class to any indoor space and can also be kept outdoors in the right climates. These plants have even been known to have air-purifying properties. With a slender, long stalk, and tiny creamy flowers wrapped in a pure, white bract, these plants really do bring peace into any room they reside in.

About the author 

Paul - Better Houseplants

Loves orchids and foliage houseplants. Always trying to be a better plant parent. Let's get growing!

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