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Peace Lily Brown Leaves – Do the tips of your peace lily have a brown tint to them? That is a frequently asked question, which we hear on a daily basis. It’s generally something along the lines of the example below from Catherine.
My peace lily plant has brown tips, which I’m not sure what to do about (Spathiphyllum). In fact, several of my plants seem to have brown tips or are developing brown tips. Can you tell me why this is happening? Catherine
In response to Catherine’s peace lily query or condition, please know that you are not alone. There are a variety of reasons why the tips of the peace lily become brown. Other houseplants, such as the bamboo palm, Dragon Tree Dracaena, and spider plants, are also affected by the disease.
Here are a few possible explanations for brown tips:
Houseplant Fertilizer—or, more accurately, over-fertilizing, which causes salts to burn in the soil.
Using too much water, or over-and under-watering, might attract pests (I prefer natural pesticides for control).
Alternatively, a combination of these and other elements could be used.When you add in the many peace lily varieties, it becomes even more difficult to understand why so many indoor plants, including peace lilies, have brown tips.
Varieties of Peace Lily flowers & Reason for their Cultivation
Many peace lily cultivars are now bred primarily for the volume of blooms they produce, rather than their beauty. Others are big floor plants that look stunning even when they aren’t blooming.
Flowers, on the other hand, are not cheap. What is the price? The nutrients that are sent to the flowers do not reach the plant. The amount of water required by plants to sustain their foliage increases when they have a lot of foliage. It is possible to see lighter-colored leaves, and if the plants are allowed to dry out too much, they might develop brown tips.
The brown tips are appearing on the older leaves near the bottom of the plant, which is where they originated. It is not true that the peace lily leaves “draw” food in the same manner as young, emerging leaves do. In this particular instance, brown tips and leaf loss may be a natural occurrence.
What about types that are mostly produced for their foliage? Peace lilies may be grown in pots as big as 10 inches in diameter. They may seem to have the same condition, but the underlying reason may be different.
Throughout the nursery, the plants are watered and fertilized on a consistent schedule. They may need to be watered on a daily, or every other day, basis. All of a sudden, the plant is transported to a nursery or garden shop. It does not get the same level of attention and care as the nursery. ‘
It is possible that the peace lily will get less water and that the fertilizers (salts) that remain in the pot will become more concentrated. This increased concentration is caused by a decrease in moisture, and it has the potential to burn the roots.
The first is not providing enough water to the plant and allowing the plant to wilt before watering it properly. A slight droop may be OK, but lying on the ground is not. I’ll acknowledge that this isn’t always the case with property owners.
The second way, which I’ll refer to as “fake watering,” is as follows: We believe we are watering, but we are not. A situation like this happens when the soil dries up, the dirt may even break away from the container, and the plant is re-watered after it has become dehydrated. The water will follow the route of least resistance and will eventually drain out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
In other situations, the earth may get damp, but the root ball or soil mass may not become moist at all. The soil may be wet enough to allow the plant to perk up, but it is still much too dry for the plant to thrive. Again, the salts might cause the roots to burn, or the plant can defend itself by losing the leaves that it needs to survive.
Tips for Peace Lily Brown Leaves Issues for Homeowners
Let’s take a closer look at each of the three components stated above to see if we can figure out what is producing the brown tips on the peace lily. This might be a harbinger of things to come, or it could be the outcome of one or more of the three scenarios.
Fertilizer for Indoor Plants
We spoke briefly about fertilizer and how the salts might create brown or burnt tips on the plants’ leaves. When you purchase an indoor plant, it is usually “fitted” with enough fertilizer in the soil to feed the plant for an extended period of time. When the plant finally arrives at its new location, it will
- The amount of light will be lowered.
- Water requirements are lowered in quantity.
- The need for “feeding” was minimized.
A period of acclimatization will also be required for the plant. Some leaf drop may occur as a result of the plant’s no longer receiving enough light to maintain all of its leaves. The first step is to reduce the factors that encourage brown tips to appear on the hair.
Fertilizing your plants should be discontinued
According to my recommendations, wait at least 6 months to a year before beginning any form of fertilizer. If you’re going to use a liquid feed to fertilize, be sure you do it right.
Detailed Instructions on How to Water Plants Completely!
- A 5 gallon bucket about 1/3 full of water (avoid using tap water). I like to use distilled water for my plants.
- Place the plant in the bucket and thoroughly immerse the whole root ball, including the pot soil. Repeat this process with the other plants.
- If extra water is required, do so.
- Soak the root ball until there are no more bubbles visible on the surface of the water.
- The plant should be carefully removed from the pail.
- Allow all of the water to flow out of the container via the drain hole.
- Restore the plant to its attractive container if it has been removed.
Now that your plant has been adequately hydrated, it is time to fertilize it.
- After every third or fourth watering, go through the procedure again.
- After properly watering, add a water-soluble balanced fertilizer to the water at a concentration of 1/4 to 1/3 strength.
Excess water, often known as over-and under-watering, is harmful to plants.
As you can see, the plant was completely watered and the surplus water was drained in the watering example above. Despite the fact that many people continue to water their houseplants, the water often gathers at the base of the pot.
The root system is unable to use all of the available water. In certain cases, water may be trapped between the roots, causing root rot, which eventually kills the roots.
The plant’s initial response is a few brown tips on its leaves. The plant is sending you a signal that it may be facing some stress difficulties of its own.
Fewer roots equate to fewer leaves. Most of the time, the plant will begin shedding its leaves with the oldest ones first. If the problem is not handled, the rotting of the roots will continue. The plant starts to lose its leaves, and some basal rot develops, eventually causing the plant to collapse.
- Saturate completely with water.
- Make certain that the drainage holes are not blocked.
- If the plant is left in a small pool of water, it will die.
- This is one of the reasons why sub-irrigation planters are so effective.
Under-watering the plant may also cause stress to the plant. Water is required by the roots in order to maintain the leaves above the soil.
What happens to plants when they don’t get enough water to grow?
- Plants react by decreasing the number of leaves that they can bear at a time.
- Brown tips appear on the leaves of plants that have been subjected to a recurrent cycle of under-watering.
Pests and diseases are two most common problems
Pests such as spider mites steal the fluids from your plants, reducing their vitality and causing them to wither. The insect problem starts to manifest itself when the foliage takes on an almost grey appearance and the tips of the leaves begin to brown.
It’s possible that the root system is in good shape, but it’s what’s going on above the soil level that’s the issue.
Another issue is that there is too much heat. You may be wondering how it is possible to have too much heat when the temperature in the home is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
That may be true, but a plant that is placed near a window may be generating more heat than you know. Within our homes, we all have hot and cold spots.
What is the cause of Peace Lily Brown Leaves?
- Plants have a remarkable ability to communicate. When we take a step back and consider the circumstances, we can see how they are reacting.
- Plants may not be able to tell us what is wrong, but they may be able to notify us that something is wrong by telling us to look.
- When you’re trying to figure out why anything is happening with your plants, ask some questions.
- Many times, it is the seemingly little details that we overlook that are the root of our difficulties.
What has changed in the environment of the Peace Lily?
Something as basic as: Yes, we did open the windows after a hard winter to allow the home to breathe. A simple sweater kept me warm even though the temperature was still in the low 50s and 60s. Is it possible that the plants received a sweater?
- Were you able to relocate the plant?
- Is there a difference in the amount of watering?
- Is the plant in the process of being acclimated?
- What is the structure of the root system?
- What kind of variety do you have?
- Is the plant actively growing at this time? Putting forth fresh leaves that are vibrant in color.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because your peace lily has a few brown tips that your plant needs re-potting or fertilization. It’s possible that the contrary is true. Another question we get on a regular basis is, “Why isn’t my peace lily blooming?” This is a whole other matter entirely.