Common Causes and Solutions for Peace Lilies Developing Brown Tips

Common Causes and Solutions for Peace Lilies Developing Brown Tips

Peace lilies are popular indoor plants due to their beautiful white flowers and ease of care. However, many peace lily owners may encounter the issue of browning tips on their plants’ leaves. If you notice brown tips on your peace lily, don’t panic! In this article, we will explore the reasons behind peace lilies getting brown tips and what you can do to revive your plant.

One common cause of browning tips is over-watering. Peace lilies do not like to sit in soggy soil, so it’s essential to allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Additionally, make sure you are not watering too frequently, as this can cause the roots to rot and lead to browning leaves.

Another possible reason for brown tips is underwatering. Peace lilies generally require watering every 5 to 7 days. If you repeatedly let the soil dry out completely, the plant may become stressed and develop brown tips. To prevent this, it’s important to maintain a consistent watering schedule.

In addition to watering, peace lilies may develop brown tips if they are exposed to environments that are too hot or too cold. These plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18-27 degrees Celsius) and are sensitive to extreme fluctuations. Keeping your peace lily in a stable temperature range will help prevent browning tips.

While browning tips can be unsightly, they do not necessarily indicate that your peace lily is dying. With proper care and attention, you can revive your plant and encourage healthy leaf growth. Repotting your peace lily into fresh, well-draining soil and avoiding any further stressors will often improve its overall condition.

When it comes to fertilizing peace lilies, it’s important to be careful not to overdo it. These plants do not require frequent fertilizing, and too much fertilizer can cause leaf burn and brown tips. It is recommended to use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.

In conclusion, brown tips on peace lilies can be caused by various factors, such as over-watering, under-watering, environmental stress, or improper fertilization. By understanding the needs of your peace lily and providing the appropriate care, you can prevent or treat brown tips and enjoy a thriving and beautiful plant in your indoor space.

What Causes Peace Lily Leaves To Turn Yellow Or Brown

Peace lilies, with their beautiful floral displays and decorative green leaves, are popular houseplants. However, if you notice that the leaves of your peace lily are turning yellow or brown, it’s important to understand the reasons behind this change in color.

One common cause of yellow or brown peace lily leaves is overwatering. If you’re watering your peace lily too much or too often, the excess water can lead to root rot and cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown. It’s important to water your peace lily only when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Another reason for yellow or brown peace lily leaves is underwatering. If you’re not giving your peace lily enough water, the leaves will start to turn yellow and eventually brown. To prevent this, make sure you’re watering your peace lily regularly and thoroughly.

Temperature can also play a role in the color change of peace lily leaves. If the temperature is too cold or if the peace lily is exposed to drafts, the leaves may turn yellow or brown. To maintain the health of your peace lilies, keep them in an environment with a temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using the wrong dosage or type of fertilizer can also cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown. Peace lilies require a balanced fertilizer, and too much fertilizer can lead to a buildup of salts in the soil, which can damage the roots and cause the leaves to discolor. It’s important to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and avoid over-fertilizing your peace lily.

Lastly, the natural process of aging can cause peace lily leaves to turn yellow and eventually brown. As the older leaves die off, new leaves will emerge to replace them. If only the older leaves are turning yellow or brown, this is a normal part of the peace lily’s growth cycle.

If you’re having trouble with yellow or brown peace lily leaves, it’s important to identify the underlying cause and take appropriate action. Whether it’s adjusting your watering schedule, changing the temperature or fertilizer, or simply allowing the aging process to take its course, addressing these issues will help your peace lily survive and thrive.


  1. Don’t overwater or underwater your peace lily.
  2. Keep the temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Use a balanced fertilizer in the correct dosage.
  4. Understand that the natural aging process can cause leaf discoloration.

By following these tips and knowing how to properly care for your peace lilies, you can avoid common problems and enjoy the beautiful flowers they produce. If you’re still unsure about how to care for your peace lily or have further questions, consult a reliable source or a professional in plant care to help you keep your peace lily healthy and thriving.

Reasons for Peace Lilies with Brown and Yellow Leaves

If you have a peace lily and notice that its leaves are turning brown or yellow, there could be several reasons for this issue. It’s important to identify the cause so that you can take the appropriate steps to treat the problem and keep your peace lily healthy.

One common reason for brown or yellow leaves on a peace lily is improper watering. Peace lilies require a consistent level of moisture in the soil, but overwatering can lead to root rot and browning of the leaves. On the other hand, if you underwater your peace lily, the leaves can turn yellow and wilt.

Experts recommend keeping the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. It’s okay to let the top inch or so of soil dry out between waterings, but be careful not to let your peace lily completely dry out as this can cause the leaves to turn brown.

If you suspect that your peace lily is overwatered, it may be necessary to repot the plant. Carefully remove the peace lily from its current pot and inspect the roots for signs of rot. If the roots are brown and mushy, trim away the affected areas and repot the plant in fresh, well-draining soil.

Fertilizing your peace lily can also cause the tips of the leaves to turn brown if you use the wrong type or apply it too often. Peace lilies only need to be fertilized every 2 to 3 months, and it’s important to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for houseplants. Over-fertilizing can lead to a buildup of salts in the soil, which can burn the roots and cause browning of the leaves.

If your peace lily is not getting enough light, the leaves may turn yellow and wilt. Peace lilies are unique plants that do well in low light conditions, but they still need some indirect sunlight to thrive. Place your peace lily near a window where it will receive bright, filtered light for a few hours each day.

Another possible reason for yellowing or browning leaves is temperature stress. Peace lilies are tropical plants and prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature falls below 60 degrees or rises above 85 degrees, the leaves may start to yellow or brown.

If you notice that your peace lily has brown or yellow leaves, it’s important to take action to address the issue and prevent further damage. By understanding the potential causes, you can provide the proper care and keep your peace lily looking its best.

Treating a Peace Lily with Brown Tips

If you’re wondering why your peace lily leaves are turning brown at the tips, it’s crucial to be careful and take plenty of steps to prevent further damage. Peace lilies are often potted plants, and their drooping leaves can be a sign of both underwatering and overwatering.

The first step is to identify the source of the brown tips. If your peace lily is exposed to direct sunlight, consider moving it to a location with less intense light. Peace lilies thrive in low light conditions, so choosing the right spot for them to live is essential to their health.

Always make sure you are following the correct care routine for your peace lily. It takes careful dosing and regular watering to ensure the plant wont become underwatered or overwatered. When watering, wait until the top inch or 2 of soil is dry before giving the plant a thorough shower. Overwatering can lead to yellowing leaves and brown tips, so it’s important not to water too frequently.

If your peace lily has brown tips, it may also need fertilizer. Generally, peace lilies do not need much fertilizer and can thrive without it. However, if you choose to fertilize your plant, experts recommend using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer at half the dosage recommended on the packaging. Fertilizing every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season can help promote better growth and blooming.

Another common reason for brown tips is dry indoor air. Peace lilies prefer humidity, so placing a small tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier can help increase the moisture in the air. Misting the leaves with water can also help prevent them from drying out.

If you’re repeatedly treating your peace lily for brown tips and the problem persists, it may be a sign of a more serious issue. Consulting a plant expert or horticulturist can provide valuable insights into the specific care needs of your peace lily and help identify any underlying problems.

In summary, treating a peace lily with brown tips requires careful attention to its watering and fertilizing needs, as well as creating a suitable environment that provides adequate humidity. By following these tips, you can help your peace lily recover and maintain its decorative appearance.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.