Peace lily yellow leaves

Care of Peace Lilies

Peace lilies, or Spathiphyllum, are popular houseplants because they are generally easy to grow, have pretty flowers and can tolerate lower light levels. But lots of people do have problems with them. I would say that most of these problems relate to improper watering and fertilizing.


When you see older leaves on a plant turning yellow this usually means that the plant may be allowed to get too dry in between watering’s or the plant is in need of some nitrogen fertilizer. While overwatering is more common with houseplants, if you let them get too dried out and then don’t thoroughly saturate the root ball when you do water, they can get stressed out and start losing their lower or older leaves. I most often see this happening after you have been away from home for a trip or something and your plants got dried out and maybe wilted before you got them watered again. You might also notice that the tips or margins of the leaves are getting brown, especially during the winter months when the humidity is often very low. You may also need to repot your plant and put it in a larger container. Turn the plant upside down and tap on the pot to loosen it so you can remove it. If you see the roots are tightly packed around the outside of the root ball, it is probably time to move it to a larger pot.


Nitrogen deficiency can be quite common in some plants too. The usual symptom is the lowest and oldest leaves turn yellow. This happens because the plant will relocate nitrogen in older leaves to the more vigorously growing younger leaves. That is why the oldest leaves are the ones that usually show the nitrogen deficiency first. Just cut off the yellow leaves at the bottom, where they attach to the plant, they won’t green up again anyway. Then pick up some houseplant fertilizer and apply it according to the label directions. If a plant is growing in low light, it won’t need much fertilizer so probably just half rate will be fine. If the plant gets some sun or higher light, apply at full strength or more frequently.

Peace lily flowers are turning black

I can see some blackening at the edge of a couple of leaves too though, which often indicates a water problem, or being near a heat source. First, I don’t know whether the blackening on the spathe is caused by a deposit of some sort that can be rubbed off, like a mould of some sort, but either way, it seems likely your plant is either being over watered, or is left sitting in water in some outer container or tray. Whilst these plants do like a fair amount of water, they don’t like to be sitting in it, so if you’re not emptying any tray or container after 30 minutes when you have watered, start doing that as soon as possible.


I would cut off the spathes, or even the whole flower stem at its base (more will arrive later anyway), trim off any damaged leaves, inspect the compost for signs of mould growth, and to see whether its waterlogged, check the drainage holes in the pot aren’t blocked. If the compost is waterlogged, stand it on something which allows any excess to drip away freely (like a rack, or over the plughole in the sink, for a while). Once its dried out a bit, then keep it well watered, watering when the surface of the potting compost feels just slightly dry to the touch, and watering thoroughly each time, but allow it to drain properly, and tip away any water that collects in an outer container after 30 minutes, and check again a while later to make sure no more has collected.

This link might be useful for general care instructions

Caring For Your Potted Easter Lily

Did you know that Easter lilies are the fourth largest potted plant crop grown in the U.S.? With Easter approaching, no doubt many homes and churches will soon be graced with the fragrant and lovely white trumpet-shaped flowers, symbolic of spring, purity and the Lord’s Resurrection. But how can you enjoy your fragrant flower long after the holiday? We have some helpful tips.

Caring for Your Potted Easter Lilies

To keep your potted Easter lily as its best, it prefers a cool daytime temperature of 60° to 65° F. and nighttime temperatures 5 degrees cooler. To keep the flowers from wilting, avoid placing the potted plant in direct sunlight. Most plants will lean toward the sunlight. To keep the plant growing upright, turn the pot every two days.

Keep the plant moist, but not soggy. Most Easter lilies are sold commercially in pots covered with decorative foil jackets. No water should be left standing at the bottom of this covering or the life of the lily will be ruined. Remove the pot from the foil covering every time the plant is watered. Once the water has soaked into the soil, return the pot to the foil covering.

Also, to help your potted lily thrive, do not place the pot near a direct source of heat. Lilies thrive in a humid climate, more so than a dry one. To create natural humidity, fill a saucer with small pebbles and water and set beneath the potted lily.

How to Transfer Easter Lilies to the Garden

Your Easter lily plant can be introduced into your flower garden for annual enjoyment. Transplant it outdoors once all danger of frost has passed and when the flower stops blooming. Check our Average Frost Date calendar for the dates for your state.

The plant needs to be in well-drained soil, just as it did when it was potted. To provide the needed drainage, add peat moss and perlite to rich organic soil.

Plant the lily bulbs, roots down, 3” inches beneath the surface of the soil and water. If planting more than one bulb, position them at least 12” inches apart. Cut back the stems once the plant appears dead. This will cause new growth to begin and possibly another bloom this summer. Next year, look for a June or July bloom.

Remember: all lilies are poisonous to both cats and dogs. If you have pets, it’s best to skip keeping lilies in the house. If you must, keep them away from where pets can reach them!

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What Causes Peace Lily Leaves To Turn Yellow Or Brown

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is an attractive indoor flower known for its ability to thrive in low light. It usually grows between 1-4 feet (.3-1.2 m.) in height and produces pale white flowers that give off a pleasant fragrance and last a long time. Sometimes, however, peace lilies suffer from browning or yellowing leaves. Keep reading to learn about what causes peace lily leaves to turn yellow and how to treat it.

Reasons for Peace Lilies with Brown and Yellow Leaves

Normally, peace lily leaves are long and dark green, emerging directly from the soil and growing up and out. The leaves are strong and oval shaped, narrowing to a point at the tip. They are durable, and often the biggest problem they encounter is that they collect dust and need to be wiped off periodically.

Sometimes, however, the edges of peace lily leaves turn a sickly yellow or brown color. The root of the problem is almost definitely water related. This browning can be caused by too little or too much watering.

There is a good chance, however, that it is due to a buildup of minerals. Since peace lilies are primarily kept as houseplants, they are almost always watered with tap water. If you have hard water in your house, it may be accumulating too much calcium in your plant’s soil.

Conversely, this mineral buildup is just as likely if you use a water softener. Some minerals are good, but too many can build up around your plant’s roots and slowly suffocate it.

Treating a Peace Lily with Brown Tips

Spathiphyllum leaf problems like this can normally be cleared up fairly easy. If you have a peace lily with brown tips, try watering it with bottled drinking water.

First, flush the plant with lots of bottled water until it runs out of the drainage holes. The minerals will bond with the water and wash away with it (if you can see white deposits around the drainage holes, mineral buildup is almost definitely your problem).

After this, water your peace lily like normal, but with bottled water, and your plant ought to recover just fine. You can also snip out unsightly brown/yellow leaves.

Peace lilies – turning brown in center of flower?

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