Peace Lily Plant Drooping

Peace lilies are magnificent when they are thriving. What should you do if they are wilting?

There are several reasons why your peace lily plant is drooping.

The most common reason is that it has been underwatered or overwatered. The Spathiphyllum can also wilt due to root rot disease, too much sun, mealybugs, or poor potting.

Today, we’ll go through all of the possible reasons why the leaves might appear lifeless and what you can do about it.

5 Reasons Your Plant’s Leaves Are Lifeless

1. Underwatering

If there isn’t enough water, your peace lily will dry out. The leaves will begin to droop owing to a lack of moisture. Some leaves may turn yellow as they wilt.

Examine your irrigation techniques and the soil as a starting point. If the soil is bone dry or you wait for more than a week between waterings, you’re probably not giving your peace lily enough water.

The good news is that once you start watering your plant, it will quickly perk up and recover. You may want to remove any yellowing leaves so that the plant looks healthy. Then develop a watering schedule to prevent the plant from drying out again.

An indoor daylily plant with drooping leaves

2. Overwatering

Overwatering causes waterlogged soil, making it difficult for the peace lily to breathe and absorb nutrients. The plant’s leaves begin to droop, and the roots may become infected with root rot.

In addition to drooping leaves, look for yellowing of the lower leaves, brown margins at the tips of the leaves, and dark brown spots on the stalks. If the roots are visible, they may seem black instead of the healthy white or light brown hue that they should be.

Reduce the amount of water you give your plant and make sure it’s not sitting in a tray of stagnant water, which could cause the soil to remain overly moist.

A daylily plant with drooping leaves needs some watering

3. Too Small of a Pot

When peace lilies are placed in a container that is too small, made of plastic, and devoid of proper soil, they usually wilt.

While little plastic pots are a low-cost alternative for the garden shop, they are not appropriate for long-term plant care.

To begin with, they are far too little. Small pots have little soil capacity, which means they can’t store a lot of water. The sparse soil absorbs water quickly, but it also dries quickly. 

An additional problem is that plastic conducts heat and absorbs sunlight. Both assist in soil heating and drying, and neither is good for your plants.

Make use of a larger container made of terracotta, ceramic, clay, or stone to keep the soil and roots cool in the sun. A size of at least 12 inches in diameter and 4 inches in depth is ideal.

You can still keep a healthy plant in a smaller container or plastic pot, but you’ll have to monitor soil moisture more accurately and frequently.

4. Mealybug Infestations

Mealybugs are among the rare bugs and insects that consume peace lilies. They can cause significant damage if left untreated.

These bugs attach themselves to a plant’s stems and leaves, then devour the plant sap, quite literally sucking the life out of the plant. It will begin to dry and droop as a result.

If your peace pily is drooping, look closely to see if there are any insects or pests at work. If you notice small fluffy tufts of white on the stems and leaves of your houseplant, you are most likely dealing with a mealybug infestation.

Because mealybugs grow in colonies, you never deal with only one at a time. You’ll be dealing with a lot of them.

To get rid of them, use a spray bottle with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Simply spray the leaves from top to bottom. That will exterminate the mealybugs while leaving your Peace Lily unscathed. 

A closeup picture of a mealy bug on a leaf

5. Too Much Sun

When a peace lily is overly exposed to sunshine, it begins to wilt and droop. The plant requires partially shaded or even low-light conditions to grow. If the plant is exposed to too much direct sunlight, you will start seeing signs of burning.

The best course of action is to select a new location for your plant.

Alaine Connolly
Alaine has been working way too hard in horticulture since 1992, beautifying golf courses, resorts, and hotels. She is a part time landscape designer who works full time caring for a 28,000 square foot public garden. At home, she maintains her own 400 square feet plot. Alaine lives in northern Illinois - zone 5b.
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