Looking for a nice indoor flower? Peace lily is a good choice. It is known by the Latin name of Spathiphyllum wallissii. As an indoor flower, it can thrive in low light.
When it grows, it can be as tall as 1 to 4 feet (or 0.3 to 1.2 meter). The flower is white and it gives off a nice scent in the room. The scent also lasts a while.
What makes peace lily leaves turning brown or yellow? How to care for a peace lily? Read on to find out more.
1. The Reasons Behind Peace Lily Leaves Turning Brown or Yellow
When it comes to Spathiphyllum care, finding these reasons is important. Peace lily plants normally have long, dark green leaves. They emerge right from the soil and stick out as the grow up. Their shapes are strong and oval, narrowed at the tip.
Although the leaves are durable, here is the problem: they gather dust. You need to wipe it off on a regular basis.
Do not be surprised if you see the edges of its leaves turn yellow or brown. Most of the time, it is related to water. It is either you give too much or too little of it. This is just one of the quite a few peace lily problems.
Since peace lily are used as plants in your homes, beware of the potential mineral buildup. Tap water is the most accessible source when planting your peace lily flowers. Still, you might need to use a water softener to reduce the mineral in it.
2. How to Treat Peace Lily Brown
So, what do we do with our peace lily brown leaves at home? Actually, looking after these plants are not as difficult as you might think.
For your peace lily brown tips, use regular, bottled drinking water. This is how you should do it:
- Flush the peace lily plants with bottled water as much as possible. Do this until there are no more drainage holes. This works out because the minerals and water will bond. They will wash away with it.
- Pour water on your peace lily like you normally do. With this, you do not have to worry about your peace lily flower turning brown or yellow on the leaves. They will recover just fine or you just snip bits of the brownish or yellowed parts.
To care for a peace lily, you also need to pay attention to its roots. Although a peace lily normally blossoms if its roots are crowded, it will also give you signs when it needs more space. When it does, be ready to prepare a new pot.
So, when does your peace lily need a new pot?
3. When A Peace Lily Needs A New Pot (or Two)
Never wait for a peace lily flower turning brown. When it comes to caring for indoor plants like this, always check out its roots. If they start growing through the drainage holes or sticking out of the soil surface, then you may need to buy a new pot.
If the peace lily is severely rootbound, it will have trouble absorbing enough water. The soil inside is overcrowded with roots, which will make the plant wither. It does not matter how often you water it. It will not absorb enough water as it goes down through the drainage hole.
If your peace lily still looks good despite its rootbound, then you may wait until spring. It is the best time to re-pot the plants. If it does not look good, then re-potting it needs to be done right away.
4. How to Re-Pot Your Peace Lily
Choose a bigger pot than the previous one
At least the diameter of the new pot is two inches wider than the previous one. However, this does not mean you should have the giant-sized one. Some vacant space in it can make the root rot, because it retains moisture after you water the plant.
Use a coffee-filter or a small piece of mesh to cover the drainage hole. This will keep the potting mix from washing off right through the hole. Water the plant first before moving it into the new pot, at least an hour before.
Put some fresh potting mix in the new container
The top of the plant’s root ball should be at least ½ to 1 inch under the container’s rim. The idea is to make the plant sit on the same level as it was in the old pot. If it gets buried too deeply, the root will also rot.
After that, gently slide the plant off from the old pot to release its compacted roots. Once you are done, put the peace lily into the new pot.
Lightly water the soil to settle it
After you pour the water, check the soil if it needs a bit of an addition. Make sure the plant is at the same level as it was in the old pot.
Put the peace lily in a shaded area
If it looks bedraggled, it only lasts for a few days.
5. The Right Temperature for Peace Lily
Knowing the right temperature for peace lily is also very important. As part of a spathiphyllum care, you need to keep it warm.
As an indoor plant, peace lily cannot survive in a temperature lower than 40 degree Fahrenheits. Avoid putting it close to non-insulated windows and doors, especially during winter.
This means, peace lily is safe in an environment where it is only between 65 – 80 Fahrenheit (18 – 26 C). It has to have the right amount of humidity to grow.
To increase the humidity, add some pebbles and water in the pot. You do not have to water it too often, though. Wait until it wilts a bit, then you can do so.
What is most important to do when you care for a peace lily is to give it enough of everything. Peace lily brown leaves need enough water, a big enough pot, and also a fertilizer when the flowers bloom. Other than that, this indoor plant is not so fussy about its daily treatment.