Peace Lilies are gorgeous plants that are adored by gardeners everywhere. It’s because they’re simple to care for, and their issues aren’t usually that complicated to deal with. That being said, some often wonder, “if Peace Lilies are that simple to care for, why is my Peace Lily drooping?”
Having droopy leaves is rather a common issue for Peace Lilies, and it happens for many reasons. Once you determine what the reason is, the plant will recover in no time. Those reasons include water levels, temperature, light exposure, humidity, and pests.
In this article, we’ll tackle every single issue that might be causing your cherished Peace Lily to droop. We’ll also teach you exactly how to fix these issues to get your plant back to normal.
Why Is My Peace Lily Drooping?
Here are the reasons that might be causing your dear Peace Lily to droop:
1. Water Levels
Water levels can go both ways. It’s possible to overwater or underwater your Peace Lily. Too much water can be as harmful to the plant as too little water.
Here’s what happens:
Peace Lilies are native to the tropical regions of South America. They’re used to excessive levels of moisture, so some people tend to overwater their Peace Lilies, thinking that they’re doing it a favor.
Although it’s true that Peace Lilies love water, too much of it can be harmful to the plant. Overwatering your Peace Lily can be one of the reasons causing its foliage to droop. So, whenever you notice that your plant is wilted and the leaves are yellowing, check the soil.
All you need to do to check for moisture is dip your finger into the potting mix. If it feels too wet, you might be watering your plant too much or too often. When that happens, your plant fails to access the nutrients and oxygen in the soil. Over time, you might face a root rot problem.
An opposite issue causing your Peace Lily to droop is underwatering. Although it’s a resilient plant that can handle the lack of water, constant drying can cause the leaves to go yellow and crisp at the tips. Staying too dry for too long can also cause the plant’s roots to die out.
Use your finger to check the soil by dipping it into the pot. If the first couple of inches feel dry, the drooping is probably a result of underwatering. In fact, a droopy Peace Lily is the plant’s way of telling you it’s thirsty. That’s why it’s considered an ideal plant for beginners.
How to Water Your Peace Lily Properly?
Typically, Peace Lilies require watering on a weekly basis. In some dry regions, it might even need watering more frequently. So, it’s better to follow a schedule and avoid alternating between wet and dry. By doing so, you ensure that your plant stays healthy.
Ideally, you need to water your Peace Lily when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. So, if you have an overwatering issue, water the plant thoroughly until the fluids flow out of the drainage holes, let drain, then discard the excess water.
On the other hand, if you have an underwatering issue, or if your Peace Lily stayed too dry for too long, do the following:
- Submerge your Peace Lily pot into a bucket of water
- Let sit overnight or until the leaves re-erect.
- Allow draining
- Discard excess water
- Follow a suitable watering schedule
The majority of Peace Lily issues are often solved with minor tweaks. Being of tropical origin, Peace Lilies prefer warm weather. So, when your Peace Lily droops, it might be an issue with the surrounding temperature, especially if you live in a hotter-than-usual area.
Mainly, Peace Lilies do well in a temperature ranging from 55° to 85° F. Additionally, they can tolerate a drop of 10° F at night. Any greater change may cause the plant to droop.
To address this issue, move your plant away from doors and windows that cause air drafts when opened. Also, don’t place it too close to air conditioning units or heaters. Finally, if that doesn’t solve the drooping problem, it might be some other thing causing it.
3. Light Exposure
Peace Lilies thrive in bright light. However, direct sunlight can be harmful to the plant. The perfect place for your Peace Lily is about 3 feet away from a bright window. Given that there’s something to obstruct that bright light, you can always move the plant closer.
Too much bright and direct sunlight may cause your Peace Lily to dry out and wilt. That said, placing the plant in an area that’s too shaded can also cause the plant to droop and the leaves to fade. That’s why correct positioning plays a huge part in the plant’s health.
These tropical plants are used to high humidity levels, like that of tropical South America. Signs that your Peace Lily isn’t getting enough humidity include yellow foliage or tips of the leaves turning brown and crispy.
Typically Peace Lilies thrive in humidity levels of 60% or above. So, if you’re living in a region that’s too dry, you might want to consider purchasing a humidifier. Additionally, misting the plant now and then also helps a lot.
So, let’s say you’ve got everything adjusted to your Peace Lily’s preferences, like positioning, humidity, temperature, and watering. Still, your plant isn’t feeling okay, and the leaves are drooping. What could possibly be the reason?
The thing you might want to look for at this point is signs of pests. There are a few common pests that affect your Peace Lily, like scale insects, fungus gnats, mealybugs, or spider mites.
If not addressed as quickly as possible, those little bugs spread everywhere.
Generally, scale insects look like masses of scale-like bumps, while fungus gnats appear as tiny black flies. In addition, mealybugs leave behind cottony, waxy deposits, and spider mites form silky webs around the plant’s foliage.
Here’s how to get rid of those pests:
Start by removing the pests with a soft toothbrush. After that, rinse the affected parts with running water to remove all the scales. Finally, use an insecticide to treat the remaining unseen larvae.
Neem oil is a great, organic way to treat and prevent scale insects and many other pests. However, if the case is severe, insecticidal soap might be a better option.
To get rid of fungus gnats, use sticky traps. They’re very effective when it comes to catching adult insects that are flying around your house. That way, you prevent them from laying any more eggs. As for larvae, watering your plant with a hydrogen peroxide solution helps kill them.
Mealybugs and Spider Mites
Wipe down all visible mealybugs or spider mites with cotton balls dipped in alcohol, and don’t miss the gaps. Then, spray the plant with a mixture of water, alcohol, and a bit of dish soap. Repeat the treatment once a week until the issue is completely resolved.
Having houseplants can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. You should know their climate preferences, plan their watering schedules, and keep them healthy.
Even after knowing all of that, you might still end up with a wilting Peace Lily that makes you wonder, “Why is my Peace Lily drooping?”
Although Peace Lilies are quite resilient, they have special requirements, like humidity levels, temperature, water levels, and light exposure. Any drop in one of these areas may cause your plant to droop.
Now that you know what to look for the next time you spot your Peace Lily drooping, rest assured that you’ve got it covered.
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