How to Save Your Peace Lily with Yellow Leaves

Last Updated on November 20, 2022 by Stephanie

The leaves of Peace Lilies turn yellow due to overwatering and look of drooping, whereas excessive sun exposure can make the leaves turning brown and yellow. The leaves of Peace Lily turn yellow in the middle naturally as the plant grows.

Peace Lily leaves are sensitive to direct sunlight, which causes them to turn yellow or brown (depending on the severity of sunburn).

Peace lilies require an evenly moist and well-draining soil. When the soil becomes too dry or boggy, the leaves drop and become yellow , which is a sign of stress.

Peace lily leaves can change color after repotted, when they are relocated to a larger pot. Pots that are larger have a higher capacity for soil , and consequently dry more quickly after watering, which could cause root rot, which can result in the leaves of peace lily turning yellow.

Read on to find out the reason why your peace flowering lily ( SPATHIPHYLLUM XWALLISII) leaves are turning yellow, and what you can do to keep the leaves…

Peace Lily Leaves Yellow and Droopy

The most common causes for leaves of peace lily turning yellow and droopy is due to overwatering or drowning. Peace lilies require well-draining and evenly moist soil. The overwatering of the soil can cause root rot. On the other hand, dry soil can cause drought stress. Both cause leaves to drop and becoming yellow.

The best way to water peace lilies is to soak with a good amount of water, to make sure that the water is reaching the roots to ensure that it is moist and evenly hydrated. and then let the surface of the dirt to air dry out between every watering session.

Typically, this means the watering of peace lilies every 7-10 days in order to meet the requirements for water and to prevent root rot.

It is essential to provide ample water, so that the water is able to penetrate the soil and gets to the roots, where it is needed.

If the peace lilies are not watered enough only the top inch or two of soil gets wet, and the roots are unable to get the water they require and the leaves drop and then turn yellow.

Temperatures that fluctuate and are low due to the heating and cooling of indoors as well as air conditioning can also drain moisture from leaves and make the soil dry too fast that can cause leaves to drop and become yellow.

Peace lilies thrive in room temperatures, preferring temperatures between between 68degF and 85degF (20degCbetween 30 and 40degC) in the daytime and about 10 degrees cooler during the night.

In Winter, the indoor temperature rises at the night because of indoor heating that is in contrast to the peace lilys preferred cycle of cooler temperatures in the evening, especially if there is a dramatic change of temperatures between day and night.

The contrast of the conditions could cause the leaves to change color to yellow.

If peace lilies are submerged for a prolonged period the soil may be baked hard and turn into water-resistant (repels water) which causes water to flow across the surface of the soil, down the sides of the pot, and out of the drainage hole not properly getting into the soil to reach the roots, which results in yellowing and falling peace the lilys leaves.

If youre taking care to water peace lilies more frequently than every 7 days, then the soil gets too wet to the peace lily to endure and that is why the leaves turn pale and droopy.

The soil that is damp can result from the absence of drainage holes within the bottom of the pot, or due to the presence of trays, saucers and decorative pots that are placed underneath the pot of peace lily that result in water accumulating around the pots base and result in the soil becoming boggy.

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(Read my article on what is the frequency do you water peace Lilies).

How do I Save a Peace Lily with the yellow, drooping Leaves

To determine if the peace lily in your garden is becoming yellow and falling over due to the water level or excessively, touch the soil to about a finger deep at high up in the container. Then check the soil at the base of the container via the drainage hole at the base. You can tell if it is dry or damp.

If the soil is not moist and this is the reason behind the yellowing, drooping leaves. In this the following scenario occurs:

  • Put the peace lily in a bowl of water that is lukewarm for 10 minutes or so, making sure that it is completely submerged. This lets the water soak into the soil in a proper manner, ensuring that it is completely hydrated, and roots are able to access the roots they need to ease the stress of drought.
  • Be sure to water your peace lilies thoroughly every 7-10 days so that the excess water seeps through the drainage holes at the base. It is essential that the soil of the peace lily is uniformly moist after watering, therefore, you must water it thoroughly. Make sure to wait for the soils surface to dry prior to watering again to ensure the proper level of soil moisture to satisfy the requirements for watering for the peace lily (to stop the leaves from becoming yellow and drooping) and also to prevent root decay.
  • Mist the leaves of the peace lily frequently to boost the humidity. Misting the leaves can create an evaporative micro-climate that mimics the tropical, humid climate of peace lilys natural habitat throughout South America and counteracts the dry indoor air that removes moisture from the leaves.
  • Maintain a temperature range between between 68degF and 85degF (20deg C- 30deg C) during the day and 10 degrees lower in the evening. Peace lilies prefer warm temperatures and thrive at temperatures of room temperature. However, it is essential to keep them in a place which isnt directly adjacent to an indoor source of heating, especially at night because peace lilies require to experience cooler temperatures in the evening to remain healthy and green.

After the peace lily has received a thorough watering and has been misted frequently, it will begin to wake out of its slumping look and begin to appear to be recovering At this point, you can cut back the leaves that are yellow with the sharpest pair of pruning scissors and back up to the at the base on the plant.

Pruning back leaves that are yellow can stimulate the growth of new healthy green leaves. It can also aid in reducing stress on the plant.

Make sure to wait till the peace lily has begun showing signs of recovery prior to cutting any leaves that are yellow back. The peace flower is more robust and is more responsive to pruning in recovery, rather than when it is stressed all of the leaves are drooping.

Cut back not more than a third of the leaves of the peace lily at a time in order to avoid putting additional strain on to the plant.

If the soil in the potting area is damp when you check the soil, then:

  • Reduce the frequency at which you water your peace lily. Peace lilies are best kept watered only when the soils surface is just drying out. This allows for a replica of the normal cycle of soil moisture in the peace lilys native habitat, striking the right balance of soil that is evenly wet, but keeping root rot out of the way.
  • If the soil in your potting is draining slowly, then you should change the soil and add the perlite and grit. Potting soil may drain slowly if it is compacted. This pushes air out of the soil, which slows the speed at which the soil is dried. The addition of perlite or grit improves the soils structure, and provides better drainage conditions that reduce the possibility that root rot can occur. Around 80% potters soil to 20 percent perlite can create a balance between drainage and moisture retention.
  • Make sure that the peace lily is placed in a pot that has a drainage holes in the base. Also, empty any containers and saucers beneath the pot of any excess water regularly. A good drainage system is essential to prevent the leaves from becoming yellow and becoming droopy.

If you decide to replace pot soil, examine the roots. If the roots are clear and firm they remain healthy, and the peace flower is more likely to recover after youve reduced the amount of watering and improved drainage.

If the roots appear soft and brown with rotting appearance and unpleasant odor, with yellowing leaves it is a sign of root decay as well as an infection caused by fungal bacteria as well as the fact that the peace lily is not likely to be able to recover.

Peace Lily Leaves Turning Yellow and Brown (Too Much Sunlight)

The leaves of Peace Lilies turn yellow and brown due to excessive direct sunlight that burns the leaves. Peace lilies must grow in shade, and their leaves are extremely vulnerable to sunlight that is direct. When the leaves are exposed to sunlight, they burn yellow and brown.

Peace lilies are indigenous to tropical rainforests, where they thrive on the floor of the forest, shielded against direct sun by a thick canopy of trees overhead.

Since peace lilies are specially designed to withstand shade and intense indirect light Their leaves are especially sensitive to any contact with direct light, which burns the leaves turning them yellow (the yellow leaves will eventually change to brown after being scorched).

The suns rays for a short time typically result in the leaves that are the most sun-struck, changing to into a yellow-streaked color while exposure that is more extended causes the leaves to turn brown, with a droopy appearance. This is common when peace lilies are positioned on windowsills in South south-facing rooms.

Leaves that have been burned yellow are likely to become brown because the areas of the leaf which were burned by the sun dont recover.

How to Save a Peace Lily With Yellow and Brown Leaves

  • Transfer the peace lily into an area that is shaded or bright indirect sunlight. This instantly reduces the strain on the plant, and mimics the more shaded conditions of the peace lilys natural habitat.
  • Mist the leaves, then provide the peace lily with a complete watering. Peace lilies are tropical flowers that like high humidity. The direct sunlight can lower humidity to low levels, and can cause the peace tension in the lilies, leading to brown and yellow brown leaves to turn brown and yellow. Misting the leaves can help create a humid microclimate that mimics the humid conditions of the native peace lily habitat.
  • Keep the peace lily clear of direct air flow and water it every 7-10 days, and keep the temperature between between 68 and 85 degrees (20deg C- 30deg C) during the day and 10 degrees lower at night. It is essential to rejuvenate the peace lily, by providing the best care conditions prior to trimming any brown or yellow sun-burnt leaves.
  • Cut any brown or yellow leaves to the base of the plant once you notice new green growth appearing. It is crucial to wait until you notice new green leaves appearing before trimming back any damaged sun-burnt leaves. Pruning your peace lily in a straight line after sunburn could cause stress to the plant. The new growth of green indicates it is a peace lily that is resistant to trimming. Cut off any brown or yellow leaves using sharp pruners but dont remove 1/3 of the leaves at a time.

Insofar as none of the leaf leaves on the peace lily are scorched yellow or brown the peace lily has the ability to heal in the event of good conditions.

But, peace lilies are most likely to rebound in active growth in Spring and summer (which is the time when theyre most likely to change from brown to yellow because of sunburn) however, they may be unable to recover if they get burned during their fall and Winter dormancy.

How to Save a Peace Lily With Yellow Leaves After Repotting

  • Repot only peace lilies in one size larger from the pot that was previously used. Pots that are larger have a higher capacity for soil, and consequently they are better able to hold water, causing drying out much more slowly. A pot that is just a little bigger than the previous peace lily pot will dry out at the same speed, which reduces the possibility of leaves becoming yellow due to root decay.
  • It is recommended to repot peace lilies in non-glazed clay and terracotta containers instead of plastic or ceramic pots. Peace lilies can be grown within any container (with a drainage hole) clay as well as terracotta pots are porous, which allows that the soil dry more evenly following irrigation, whereas ceramic and plastic pots are not porous and hold more moisture.
  • Reduce the frequency of frequency of watering to every 7-10 days, and make sure the top layer of soil is dry between watering sessions. When larger pots dry out more slowly and you need to adjust the amount and often you sprinkle your peace lily with water to reflect the different in drainage rate, so that the soil doesnt stay too wet over a long period of time.
  • If youve compacted the soil too tightly in repotting, you can plant the peace lily again using the potting soil that has been modified by perlite , or even grit. Perlite or grit can help to ensure that the potting soil is pliable and drains well that allows the soil to allow oxygen to allow the roots to breathe and function normally and prevent the leaves from becoming to yellow and becoming become droopy.
  • Always repotte peace lilies in pots that have drainage holes at the base to avoid yellowing leaves. Clear empty saucers, trays, and pots with decorative exteriors of excess water to avoid water that pools around the roots could cause root rot.

If the peace lily was in a damp soil for too long and has a severe root rot, its unlikely to last.

If you change the pot of your peace lily in the pot that is than the plants size and reduce the amount of amount of watering, that the peace lily will be able to recover once it has been able to adjust to the new environment.

Make sure that the peace lily shows signs of healing before trimming the yellow leaves to the base using a sharp pruning tools. Dont cut off more than one-third of leaves a time, as cutting off too many leaves in one go could stress the peace lily.

The trimming back of yellow foliage can help to encourage the development of green healthy leaves.

Peace Lily Leaves Turning Yellow After Repotting

The reason why the leaves of peace lily changing color after repotted is typically due to the fact that the peace lily has been relocated to a larger pot that has more soil, and thus it dries out more slowly after watering, resulting in excessively damp conditions. When the soil becomes not moist enough, the peace lilys leaves will become yellow because of root decay.

Peace lilies require soil to hold moisture but be also well-drained and porous instead of boggy or damp.

The excess moisture around the roots blocks oxygen from the soil, which hinders roots from respiration, which means that the roots are unable to absorb the water and nutrients that the peace lily needs which results in droopy yellow leaves.

Another reason why the leaves of peace lily turning yellow is that the soil is being compacted around the root ball too tightly, that it is able to remove all oxygen in the soil. This causes the roots to not function correctly, resulting in the leaves turning yellow.

Peace lilies must be planted in pots that have drainage holes at the base so that excess water can be able to drain after the watering. If the pot you are buying doesnt have drainage holes, then the water pooled on the root of the peace lily, causing root rot, which makes its leaves yellow.

Trays, saucers and other decorative containers that are placed on top of your peace lily, can create a pool of water around the pots base (if they arent cleaned frequently after watering) which causes boggy soil and encourages root rot.

Peace Lily Leaves Turning Yellow at the Bottom

The reason that peace lily leaves turn yellow towards the bottom is due to the fact that lower leaves are naturally yellow when the plant matures or because of a deficiency of fertilizer. When the peace lily is placed in the same container for a lengthy period of time, the roots may drain the soil of nutrients, which makes the lower leaves to yellow.

The yellowing of the leaves at lower levels of the peace lily could be an indication that the peace lily has not been regularly watered or is it is being watered too lightly.

Peace lilies dont require much fertilizer and will bloom for a long time with the help of fertilizer.

But there are only a few nutrients in a pot therefore, if the peace lily roots are able to use all of the nutrients available during the active growth period of spring and summer, which causes that the leaves on lower levels to change color to yellow.

The lower leaves are also brown and yellow as the plant grows. This is due to the fact that the peace lily is a fan of the growth of new leaves and shifts its focus from supporting those old leaves on the lower part of the plant (which will then change to green) to growing the leaves higher up.

What is the best way To Save a Peace a Peace Lily with Yellow Leaves at the bottom

  • When the peace lily was kept in the same container for a lengthy period of time, you should apply fertilizer during this growing period to avoid the leaves from turning yellow. Make sure to use a general home plant liquid fertilizer with a half strength since peace lilies are especially sensitive to large amounts of fertilizer, which may turn the tips of the leaves yellow. Apply fertilizer only during active growth during the spring and Summer months, not winter months or in the fall because this could harm the plant.
  • Make sure to water them thoroughly to ensure that the excess water drips out of the bottom in the container. By watering them generously, the soil is flooded with water and gets to the roots where it is needed. When the peace lily has been not watered enough, the top inch or two of soil will become moist which can cause drought stress and leaves that turn yellow on the lower part. It is recommended to water every 7-10 days, making sure it is dry on the outside of soil is dry prior to watering again. This will ensure the proper balance of drainage and soil moisture.
  • When the peace lily is in growth and maturing the leaves at the bottom will turn yellow. It is a normal aspect of the peace lilys cycle. The odd yellow leaf that is at the bottom of the plant will not hurt the plant.

Do I need to cut off the Yellow Peace Lily Leaves?

Remove any peace lily leaves which have become yellow towards the bottom to the bottom of the plant using the help of a sharp pair of pruning tools. This improves its appearance as well as encourages the growth of new healthy green leaves.

Peace Lily Leaves With Yellow Tips

Tips of peace lily leaves may change color due to cold temperatures or excessive fertilizer. Tips that turn yellow are usually triggered when the peace lilys leaf tips come into contact with windows that are cold, significantly cooler than the room temperature.

Peace lilies can develop at room temperature during the day , but prefer temperatures about 10 degrees cooler at night.

Peace lilies, however, are tropical plants that do not take a large temperature decrease at night. The tips change color when they come close to the glass of the window which is often cooler than the other rooms.

Peace Lily leaf tips may change color from brown to yellow due to fertilizer that is too high.

Peace lilies are extremely sensitive to fertilizers, and when it is applied excessively or in a large quantities, the leaves of peace lily may turn brown or yellow..

Sometimes, the tips of the peace leaves may turn yellow if the peace lily is located in an area that is particularly bright (Even even if youve located the peace lily away from direct sunlight) that is usually paired by high humidity and temperatures.

Peace lilies can be well-adapted to shade. However, intensely bright spaces are not their ideal conditions. They can make the tips of the leaves yellow.

To keep a peace lily alive with the yellow tip…

Find the peace flower in shade or indirect light with a lower intensity. Reduce fertilizer use and make sure the peace lily leaves arent near windows that are cold. Cut the tips of the yellow lily back using the sharpest pair of pruning scissors.

Because peace lilies are sensitive to fertilizers, you should only apply a general fertilizer to your houseplants at half strength, in the growing season (Spring and summer) and do not apply any fertilizer during Winter.

Make sure to trim the leaf back to the natural shape of the leaf by rounded off to keep the look that the peace lily has.

When the conditions are favorable and the yellow tips are cut back, the peace lily will recover.

(Read my article on the best way to bring back a dying peace lily).

Key Takeaways:

  • The reason why the leaves of peace lily turning to yellow and become droopy is usually because of water loss as well as low levels of humidity. Peace lilies have adapted to thrive in humid soils and the high levels of humidity found in their native tropical habitat. If the soil is dry between waterings, the leaves drop and change color to yellow.
  • The leaves of Peace Lilies become yellow due to root rot, which occurs because of excessive watering and inadequate drainage. Peace lilies require well-drained soil, and they prefer to allow the soils surface to dry out slightly between sessions of watering. When the peace lily lives immersed in a moist soil, the leaves will turn yellow and have an appearance of drooping due to fungal and root rot.
  • The leaves of peace lily turn yellow after repotting due to the fact that they are drying out too quickly that the plants can withstand. The larger pots dry out faster, which creates an environment for root decay, which transforms the leaves of peace lilies yellow and drooping.
  • The leaves of Peace Lilies change color from brown to yellow if they are exposed to excessive direct sunlight. Peace lilies naturally adapt to being grown in shade, and they do not like any sun that is harsh. The delicate leaves are prone to scorching yellow or turn brown, even if they only get intense sunlight over a short time.
  • Peace lily leaves become to yellow towards the bottom as the plant grows older and needs to be cut back to encourage growth. Peace lily leaves may be yellow at the bottom because of a deficiency of nutrients available in the soil as well as the absence of fertilizer.
  • To keep a peace lily alive that has yellow foliage, you can recreate the conditions of its natural habitat by watering it each 7 - 10 days. spraying the leaves to increase humidity, placing the peace lily in direct, bright sunlight and trimming the yellow leaves using sharp pruners.


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