When it comes to caring for peace lilies it seems straightforward and simple. There are a few things you need to be careful about like the temperature and the amount of water it requires. The other things fall in place as you go along. But what if the peace lily starts drooping? What needs to be done? And what are the causes? This article aims at answering questions about peace lily drooping and what can be done about it without stressing too much.
Peace Lily Drooping? A drooping peace lily is a sign of neglect or disease. These plants begin to droop when over or under watered. There is a similar effect when the plant receives too much sunlight, is over-fertilized, or has contracted a disease.
Why is my peace lily drooping?
If you are wondering why is my peace lily drooping we can tell you for a fact that the main reason is inconsistent watering.
Peace lily drooping because of overwatering
The peace lily is a moisture-loving plant but detests soggy soil. this makes it important to pay attention to the amount of water the plant receives.
When you overwater the peace lily the roots of the plant start to rot. This causes the leaves of the plant to droop. This is because of fungal pathogens, like Phytophthora parasitica and Cylindrocladium spathiphyllii, that begin to grow.
Most of the time it is too late to save a plant that has been damaged due to overwatering. Here is something you can do to avoid this situation.
How to fix it
- Have a watering schedule. Water the plant only when the top layer of soil is dry.
- Water according to weather conditions. The plant will require less watering in winter as compared to summer.
- Have drainage holes at the bottom of the pot
Sometimes the roots of the plant rot not because of overwatering but because of lack of drainage. When there are drainage holes at the bottom of the pot the excess water can be drained put easily.
- Do not let the pot sit in a wet tray
Like drainage holes are necessary to drain excess water, it is important to empty the tray often. If you let the pot sit in a wet tray the water will just soak back up. This will have a similar effect on the plant.
If your peace lily plant is already damaged due to overwatering you can:
- Dig up the plant and look for the extent of the damage.
You are looking for healthy roots of the plant. If you see parts of the plant that can be saved
- Cut off the damaged portion and repot the plant.
- Recovery will take a few days but at least you will not have to say goodbye to the plant
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Peace lily drooping because of under watering
Like over watering underwatering the peace lily can also cause drooping. The peace lily is a tropical plant and it needs a bit of moisture to grow.
Though this plant is forgiving and bounces back from not being watered for a while. If the plant is not watered consistently it will not flower, at the same time you will also see the peace lily drooping and the leaves turning yellow.
How to fix it
- Have a watering schedule
This has been mentioned in the previous section as well but it is important to have a watering schedule for the plant. The topmost layer needs to be dry and not cracked. Cracked soil is indicative of the fact that you have neglected the plant and need to have a schedule to hydrate.
If the plant is in an extremely horrid state, you could continue watering it for a few days or repot the plant on moist fertile soil. this may not help to a large extent but you can always try.
Causes for peace lily drooping
Other than improper watering there are other causes for peace lily drooping. Some of them are insect infestation, temperature fluctuation, low humidity, and improper soil. let’s see how these affect the plant and what can be done about it.
Peace lily drooping because of insect infestation
The peace lily is a fairly insect-free plant. Not many insects live and feed off the peace lily. If you speak about an insect infestation in a peace lily plant, the insects are mealybugs. These bugs attach themselves to the stems and leaves of a peace lily plant.
These insects consume the sap of the plant, literally, sucking the life out of it. When this happens, the plant starts to dehydrate and droop. If you notice your peace lily drooping, look closely. It might be infested with mealybugs.
The worst part about these bugs is that they live in colonies so u will have to deal with them extensively.
How to fix it
Getting rid of mealybugs is not as difficult as it seems:
- Clean the plant with alcohol
Cleaning the plant with an alcohol solution helps get rid of bugs. Spray the plant with 70% isopropyl alcohol. This is entirely safe for the plant. All you need to do is empty the solution into a spray bottle and spray the plant generously.
Leave the alcohol on the plant for a day and then wash it off the next day. For this, you can carry the plant to either the bathroom or the sink and water it down. This will get rid of the alcohol and the insects.
- Another solution is treating the plant with some rubbing alcohol
- Dilute solution of dish soap is an additional cost-effective way to get rid of insects
For this, you will require 1 spoon of dish soap to 1-litre water. Mix it well and spray it over the plant. You can rinse the plant the next day.
Peace lily drooping because of temperature fluctuation
Peace lilies can be placed indoors as well as outdoors. These plants are tropical plants and flourish in temperatures between 65-75 °F. when the plant is outdoors the temperatures may fall to about 10°F at night. This fluctuation causes the plant to droop.
How to fix it:
- Place peace lilies indoors this will help regulate the temperature better. When indoors place the plant in a way that it is away from drafts.
- Place the plant close to a heating device. This way you can fire up the device if the temperature drops.
- Keep the plant away from air conditioners as they tend to dry the air around the plant. The draft can also harm the plant.
Peace lily drooping because of improper soil
The peace lily is not a fussy plant but these plants do not like soggy soil. The soil the peace lily in needs to drain well and should be airy. This way the plant can absorb the required moisture and the excess water can drain out easily.
The quality of soil is important for two reasons it provides the required nutrients to the plant and also prevents root rot.
If the peace lily is droopy and you cannot see insects on the plant. Bad soil might be the reason:
How to fix it
- opt for soil that drains well
be careful not to have soil that drains too quickly as the plant will not have a chance to absorb nutrients. When it comes to peace lily balance is key
- fertilize often
when plants are indoors, they do not receive the required nutrients and depend on us. This is why feeding the plant from time to time becomes imperative.
Note: The peace lily does not like Clay soil as it leads to waterlogging and gritty or sandy soil as it drains too quickly.
Peace lily drooping because of low humidity
The peace lily is a tropic plant and hence they are used to humid conditions. When the air is dry the humidity level also drops and this may cause the plant to droop.
Here is what can be done to fix peace lily drooping because of humidity:
- mist the plant regularly
misting increases the humidity. Though this is a temporary solution it helps the plant.
- a store-bought humidifier is of great help
these are available around the US and over the internet. These humidifiers regulate humidity. You can set humidity levels depending on the plants you care for.
- place the plant in a tray with wet pebbles
by placing the pot on wet pebbles, you reduce the risk of the water getting soaked back into the pot. It also increases the humidity and the plant benefits from it.
Peace lily drooping because of disease
Contacting a disease is a major reason for peace lily drooping. During summer the peace lily is generally presented with a disease called Cylindrocladium root rot. this can cause the leaves of the plant to change color and also droop.
To know if your plant has contracted this disease, Check the roots of the plant. If they look wet, moldy, and soggy the plant is suffering from root rot.
How to fix it:
Remove the plant from the pot and empty all the old soil from around the roots. You can remove the parts of the plants that are at their worst. Then spray the roots with a suitable fungicide (These are generally available locally).
You can then proceed to repot the plant
Note: as this disease is caused due to overwatering it will help if you have a watering schedule and stick to it.
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As seen in the article there are a number of reasons for peace lily drooping. Before looking for ways to treat the problem it is important to understand the cause. This not only helps treat the plant better but also saves time and resources. Don’t be alarmed if you find your peace lily drooping simply pay attention to the plant and the solution will be clear. You can always use this article as a guide.
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