How to Fix Peace Lily with Brown Leaf Tips

Low humidity is usually the reason why peace lily leaves have brown tips. The peace lily is a tropical plant that can withstand high humidity. Dry indoor air saps moisture from the leaves, causing the tips to turn brown.

Low humidity is the main reason peace lilies develop brown leaf tips. However, brown tips can also be a sign of stress. This could be due to underwatering, sunburn, or chemicals in the tap water.

To save your peace lily with brown tips, recreate the conditions of the peace lily’s native environment by misting the leaves to increase humidity, maintain a daytime temperature range of 68degF and 85 degF, wait until the surface of the soil is dry, before watering thoroughly and trim the brown tips off with a sharp pair of pruners.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily With Brown Tips

Low humidity and underwatering are the main reasons peace lilies have brown leaf tips. The rainforests of humid tropical forests are where peace lilies can be found. Indoor heating and air conditioning can dry out the indoor air, which causes the tips to turn brown.

Low humidity can be caused many ways, including open doors and draughty areas. It is especially common in Winter because of indoor heating. This drys the air to much for peace lilies to bear.

If the soil around peace lilies roots dries out, this can also cause the leaves to drop with brown tips.

Peace Lilies require evenly moist and well-draining soil. The leaf tips of peace lilies will turn brown if they are not watered enough or too often.

Peace Lilies are natives to tropical forests in central or South America ,. They prefer shade or bright, indirect light and can adapt well to indoor growing.

However, if the peace Lily is placed on a window sill then direct sunlight can cause the leaves and leaf tips turn brown.

Peace lilies can also be sensitive to hard water and the chemicals in tap water (fluoride and chlorine) which also results in brown tips.

High temperatures are not usually a problem for peace lilies, which grow in tropical forests and prefer temperatures that are similar to the room temperature.

However, the leaf tips may turn brown if they are too close to heating sources indoors.

It is also worth noting that peace lilies prefer the temperature at night to be 10 degrees cooler then the daytime temperature.

Winter temperatures can be higher in winter than during the day. This is due to indoor heating. It is not the preferred temperature cycle for peace lilies and can lead to leaf tips turning brown.

Peace Lilies are sensitive to fertilizer. They typically only need 2 or 3 applications at half strength each growing season.

If fertilizer is used too frequently or in too high a concentration or during Winter, leaf tips will turn brown.

Sometimes the peace lily redirects its energy away from maintaining its leaves towards flowering in Spring and Summer, which can lead to the leaves turning brown.

Should the Brown Tips of my Peace Lily Leaves Be Cut?

To revive the appearance and beauty of the peace lily, trim off the brown leaves tips with a pair of pruning shears. To create a natural shape, follow the leaf’s shape. To restore peace lily’s health appearance, trim the brown tips.

The peace lily’s green leaves should be kept healthy as long as proper care is taken. Regular misting the leaves will increase the humidity.

(Read my article, how often to water peace lilies).

Save a Peace Lily With Brown Leaf Tips

  • Increase the humidity by misting the leaves regularly. Low humidity is the main reason for brown leaf tips , Misting the leaves creates an humid microclimate that mimics the natural tropical environment of the peace lily. The frequency you need to mist your leaves will depend on the humidity indoors. However, it is recommended that you mist the peace-lily’s leaf daily if the tips start turning brown. A plant humidifier, available online or at local garden centers, can be used to increase humidity and create a more favorable environment. This will help your peace lily as well as other indoor tropical plants.
  • Water the peace lily with a generous soak when the surface of the soil feels dry. You must water thoroughly to ensure that the water reaches the roots. This will reduce the stress that causes the leaves to drop and cause them to become brown.
  • If the soil has dried out completely, place the peace lily in a basin of water for 10 minutes, ensuring the roots ball is submerged. If the soil has dried completely, water can seep through the surface of the pot and into the soil. A good soak will ensure that the roots ball is submerged in water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Place the peace lily in bright indirect light, out of any direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause the leaf tips to turn brown and scorch the whole leaf.
  • Scale back the use of any fertilizer and water the soil thoroughly. You should water the soil with a good soak to dilute salts that can build up from frequent fertilizer application, which can lead to brown leaf tips. Do not apply general houseplant fertilizer at more than half strength. Wait until the next year to apply additional fertilizer.
  • If you are in an area with hard tap water or suspect the fluoride and chlorine could be contributing to the brown leaf tips then use rainwater, bottled water or distilled water to water your peace lily. It is also possible to leave a bowl of water outside overnight to allow the chlorine and fluoride to evaporate. This will make it safe to water your peacelily.
  • Maintain a temperature range of 68degF and 85 degF (20degC to 30deg) with 10 degrees cooler at night. Keep your room cool by placing your peace lily on the opposite side of any indoor heating source. Also, be aware of any airflows from windows or air conditioners.


Peace Lily Yellow Leafs with Brown Leaf Tips

The reason peace lily has yellow leaves and brown tips is often because they have been exposed to too much sunlight. The sun is not a problem for peace lilies as they can grow in a tropical forest canopy. Too much sun can cause the leaves to turn yellow, and the tips of the leaves to become brown.

Peace lily leaves tend to turn yellow with some sun exposure and scorch brown in particularly harsh direct light, with the leaf tips turning brown.

Peace Lily leaves are sensitive to direct sunlight. They should be kept in shade to avoid yellow tips and brown leaves.

Low nutrients in the soil could also be a reason why peace lily leaves turn yellow with brown tips.

If the peace lily is in the same pot for a prolonged time (or the soil has a low amount of nutrients), then the root system may exhaust the soil of nutrients. This causes the peace-lily to droop and the lower leaves to turn yellow with brown tips.

The other cause of peace lily leaves turning yellow with brown tips, is because there is too much moisture around the peace lily’s root system.

Peace lilies need well draining soil and do not tolerate boggy, saturated soil as the promotes the conditions for root rot and fungal diseases.

Boggy soil can result from overwatering, slow drainage compacted soils, or pots with no drainage holes at the base.

It is important to remove any saucers or trays from underneath your pot. This can cause excess water around the base of peace lily, which can lead to boggy soil conditions.

How To Save Peace Lilies With Yellow Leaves And Brown Tips

If your peace lily leaves have been exposed to direct sunlight for any length of time, even for a brief period, the yellowing leaves will turn yellow with brown tips.

  • Move your peace lily to an area of bright indirect light. To prevent yellowing and brown tips, keep the peace lily’s leaves out of direct sunlight.
  • Give the peace lily a good drink and mist the leaves. Direct sunlight can cause leaves to drop and dehydrate. A thorough watering every 7 days during active growth and every 10-14 days during Winter dormancy meets the watering requirements of the peace lily without risking root rot. Mist the leaves every days whilst it is recovering or use a humidifier to create a humid micro-climate that emulates the humid conditions of its native tropical environment.
  • Trim back any brown leaf tips and yellow leaves. You can trim the individual leaf tips without causing damage to the peace lily. The brown tips can be trimmed with two cuts made at an angle using a pair of sharp pruners. This will give the leaf a natural shape and prevent it from becoming flat.
  • Wait until you see active growth before pruning back the yellow leaves. The yellow leaves that are scorched do not pose a threat to the peace of lilies. However, too many leaves can be cut at once (even if only partially damaged) and cause unnecessary stress. Your peace lily will begin to recover and develop new growth. This is a sign that it is more resilient. Then, trim the entire leaf to the bottom of the plant. This will stimulate new growth and enhance the appearance of peace lily.

If the lower leaves turn yellow and the tips become brown, then it is likely that the soil is lacking in nutrients. In this case,

  • Apply a general houseplant fertilizer at half strength, in the Spring and Summer during active growth. It is important that you only use half the strength of fertilizer on peace lilies. They are more sensitive than most houseplants and will be more susceptible to it. After fertilizer application, the peace lily should show signs of vitality and recovery. This should reduce drooping.
  • Cut back any yellowing leaves and brown tips. If the leaves are yellowed, they will not recover their green appearance. However, fertilizer can stimulate new growth. Once you can see new green leaves, trim any yellowing leaves to the base.

If the peace lily’s potting soil feels damp/boggy at the base (feel the soil at the bottom of the pot through the drainage holes in the base) and the soil at the top of the pot is saturated, rather just evenly moist the overwatering or poor drainage is likely the cause of the peace lily leaves drooping and turning yellow with brown tips.

  • Scale back the watering, allowing the surface of the soil to dry between bouts of watering. Watering the peace lily every 7 days will meet its watering needs and reduce the risk of root rot.
  • If the potting soil is draining slowly due to compaction then repot the peace lily. To improve drainage and make the soil more porous, amend the potting soil with grit or pelite.
  • Ensure the peace lily is planted in a pot with drainage holes in the base and empty any saucers and trays underneath the pot, regularly. Water that is not draining properly can cause excess water to pool around the roots, which can lead to yellowing and browning of the leaves.

If the soil becomes spongy and the leaves turn yellow, the root rot is likely to be a problem. In this case, it may not be possible to save the peace of lily even with intervention.

(Read my article, how to revive a dying peace lily).

Key Takeaways

  • The reason for peace lily’s having brown tips is usually because of low humidity from air conditioning or indoor heating. The tropical rainforest environment is where peace lilies thrive. The tips of peace lilies can turn brown from dry indoor air.
  • Peace lilies with brown tips can because of overwatering and poor drainage. Peace lilies require well-draining and evenly moist soil. The first sign of stress is when the soil becomes too wet from overwatering, as the leaf tips will turn brown.
  • Peace lilies turn yellow with brown tips because of too much direct sunlight. Peace lilies grow best in shade and are sensitive to sunlight. The leaves of peace lilies will turn yellow from full sun exposure.
  • To fix a peace lily with brown tips, mist the leaves to increase the humidity, place the peace lily in bright indirect light, give the soil a thorough watering and trim off the brown tips with a sharp pair of pruners.


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