Tips and Tricks for the Successful Care and Cultivation of Peace Lilies


If you’ve ever asked yourself, “How do I take care of a peace lily?” then this article is for you. Peace lilies are popular houseplants that are known for their beautiful white flowers and lush, green leaves. They are relatively easy to care for, but there are a few important things to keep in mind. One of the most common questions people have is how much sunlight do peace lilies need?

Peace lilies prefer bright, indirect sunlight, so placing them near a window with filtered light is ideal. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn brown, while too little sunlight can hinder the growth of the flowers. Another important aspect of peace lily care is trimming. If you think your peace lily is getting tired or overcrowded, it may benefit from a trim. Simply remove any dead or yellowing leaves to allow the newer ones to fully grow.

Temperature is also a factor to consider when caring for peace lilies. These plants prefer temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C) and do not tolerate extreme cold or heat. If the temperature drops below 45°F (7°C), your peace lily may start to wilt. On the other hand, excessive heat can cause the leaves to brown and dry out. So, it’s important to keep your peace lily in a room with a consistent temperature.

One of the most common reasons people struggle with caring for peace lilies is watering. Some people tend to overwater, while others underwater. Peace lilies do not like to be overly wet or completely dry, so finding the right balance is key. A good rule of thumb is to water your peace lily thoroughly once a week, allowing the excess water to drain out of the pot. However, if the top inch of soil feels dry, it may need more frequent watering.

If you notice any problems with your peace lily, such as yellow or brown leaves, wilted flowers, or browned tips, it’s important to find and fix the underlying cause. Common causes of these symptoms include improper watering, too much or too little sunlight, and poor drainage. By properly caring for your peace lily and keeping an eye out for potential problems, you can ensure that it stays healthy and happy.

In summary, peace lilies are beautiful and peaceful plants that can thrive in indoor environments. By providing the right type of sunlight, proper watering, and maintaining a consistent temperature, you can keep your peace lily healthy and vibrant. Don’t forget to check for any signs of problems and address them promptly. With these tips, your peace lily will continue to bring a sense of calm and tranquility to your home or office.

Brown tips on a Peace Lily – “it’s not in direct sunlight”

Brown tips on a Peace Lily are a common concern among plant owners. Many people assume that if their Peace Lily is not in direct sunlight, it will be healthy and thrive. However, this is not always the case.

Brown tips on the leaves of a Peace Lily can be caused by a few different factors. One possible cause is improper watering. Peace Lilies prefer to be kept in a damp environment, but overwatering can cause the roots to become waterlogged and lead to brown tips. Additionally, if the leaves are turning yellow and then brown, it may be a sign of overwatering.

Another possible cause of brown tips is the type of light the Peace Lily is receiving. While these plants can tolerate lower light conditions, they still need some indirect sunlight to thrive. If the Peace Lily is placed in a dark corner or a room without any windows, it may not be getting enough light, which can lead to browned and dying leaves.

It is also important to consider the temperature and humidity of the environment the Peace Lily is in. These plants prefer temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) and high humidity levels. If the temperature is too hot or too cold, or the humidity is too low, it can cause the leaves to turn brown.

So, if your Peace Lily is experiencing brown tips, here is a checklist of things to consider:

  • Check the watering – make sure you are not overwatering or underwatering the plant.
  • Assess the lighting – ensure the Peace Lily is receiving enough indirect sunlight.
  • Monitor the temperature and humidity – adjust if necessary to create the ideal environment for the plant.

In conclusion, brown tips on a Peace Lily can be caused by a variety of factors, but it is not necessarily due to the plant not being in direct sunlight. By properly caring for your Peace Lily and providing it with the right environment, you can ensure it stays healthy and beautiful.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to ask in the comments. Happy growing!


Darryl is a common name for a Peace Lily. If your Darryl is showing any signs of yellowing, it could be an excess of sunlight. Too much direct sunlight causes the leaves to turn yellow and can also lead to browning. To check if Darryl is placed in the right spot, look for signs of yellow or browned leaves. If your Darryl is not placed in direct sunlight but is still showing signs of yellowing, it could be due to excessive heat in the room.

In addition to problems with sunlight, another common issue for Darryl is overwatering. When a Peace Lily is overwatered, it can cause the leaves to wilt. If you notice your Darryl’s leaves drooping, check the soil to see if it is excessively wet. The best way to water Darryl is to give it a good soak, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Another common problem for Peace Lilies like Darryl is improper care. It’s important to keep your Darryl clean, as dust can clog its pores and affect its ability to photosynthesize. To clean Darryl, wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth. Darryl also prefers a warm temperature, ideally between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity above 50%. If the air in your home is too dry, consider using a humidifier near your Darryl.

If you follow these care tips and keep an eye on any potential problems, your Darryl can thrive and continue to be a beautiful addition to your home. If you have any further questions or concerns about keeping your Peace Lily healthy, please consult a reliable source or professional for better guidance.

Common Problems Symptoms Possible Causes
Yellowing leaves Leaves turning yellow Excess sunlight or excessive heat
Browned leaves Leaves turning brown Direct sunlight or non-distilled water
Drooping leaves Leaves wilting Overwatering
Improper care Various problems Not cleaning, improper temperature or humidity

Plant Parent

As a “plant parent,” you should know that most houseplants, including peace lilies, require specific care to thrive. To maintain a healthy and happy Peace Lily, keeping a regular care routine is essential.

One of the most important aspects of caring for your Peace Lily is giving it the right amount of water. Overwatering is a common mistake that people often make, which can lead to the leaves turning brown and the plant becoming droopy. On the other hand, underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt and turn dry. To ensure that your Peace Lily stays healthy, you should water it regularly, but not excessively. A good solution is to check the dampness of the soil with your finger and only water when the top inch of the soil feels dry.

Another key factor in keeping your Peace Lily thriving is providing the right exposure to sunlight. While these plants can tolerate low light conditions, they do better when they receive bright, indirect sunlight. Placing your Peace Lily near a window where it can get some natural light will promote healthy growth.

In addition to watering and sunlight exposure, there are other tips to keep in mind when caring for your Peace Lily. Pruning is a good practice to remove any yellow or brown leaves. This helps in maintaining the plant’s green appearance and also improves its overall health. Cleaning the leaves frequently is also recommended, as it not only keeps them shiny, but also helps the plant in efficient photosynthesis.

If you notice your Peace Lily isn’t doing well despite your best efforts, it’s important to identify the causes of the problem. Common reasons for Peace Lilies not thriving are overwatering, underwatering, or exposure to extreme temperatures. If any of these causes are present, it’s crucial to fix them as soon as possible.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced plant parent, taking care of peace lilies can sometimes pose challenges. But with proper attention and understanding of their needs, you can have beautiful and peaceful plants in your home.

Tired of your houseplants dying on you

If you’re tired of houseplants dying on you, it’s time to give the peace lily a try. These beautiful plants are easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of conditions.

One of the key things to keep in mind when caring for peace lilies is to keep them away from direct sunlight. While they do need some light to flower, direct sunlight can cause their leaves to brown and wilt. Instead, place your lily in a spot with bright, indirect light.

Another common problem that can cause your lilies to die is overwatering. The peace lily prefers to be slightly dry between waterings, so give it a good soak and then refrain from watering until the top inch of soil has dried out. This will help prevent root rot and keep your lily healthy.

Along with proper watering, peace lilies also benefit from regular fertilizer. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and give your plant a little boost every two to four weeks. However, be sure not to over-fertilize, as this can cause browned leaf tips and other problems.

Pests can also be a concern for peace lilies. Keep an eye out for common pests like mealybugs and spider mites. If you notice any pests, gently wipe them off with a damp cloth or give your plant a shower to wash them away.

One of the best things about peace lilies is that they are relatively low-maintenance. As long as you give them the right conditions and care for them properly, they will reward you with beautiful, white flowers and a peaceful ambiance. By following this guide, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your peace lily happy and healthy.

If you’re tired of your houseplants dying on you, give peace lilies a try. They’re beautiful, easy to care for, and can thrive in a variety of conditions. By following the tips in this guide, your peace lilies will stay healthy and blooming, adding beauty to your home.

So don’t give up on houseplants just yet. With a little love and attention, your peace lilies can thrive, even if you’ve had trouble keeping plants alive in the past. Give them the right amount of water, light, and fertilizer, and enjoy their graceful presence in your home.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.