Peace Lily Getting brown Tips – House Plant Journal

Peace Lily Getting brown Tips

Plant: Peace lily (Spathyphyllum)

How long have you had the plant? 6 months to 1 year


I live in an apartment and I have a peace lily plant and we keep it on the kitchen table and it keeps getting brown tips…just don’t know how to avoid these brown tips from happening.  It started a couple of months into owning the plant.

It’s not in direct sunlight and I water it when the plant gets “droopy”.

How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of water onto the soil.

Fertilizer? No

Soil situation:


Thanks for providing your photos and care info.  Let me say what no one ever says: it is NOT possible to completely prevent brown tips from ever happening.  But you can certainly still enjoy a peace lily for a long time.

Look at my plant, which I’ve had for over 10 years:

The key to enjoying a plant in the long run is not to prevent blemishes like brown tips and yellowed leaves – it is to provide good growing conditions and care so that new growth keeps replacing older leaves that inevitably die.  Cutting off dried and yellowed leaves is totally fine – leaves have a limited lifespan.

So I don’t think there is anything to be concerned about with your browned leaf – you will get many more over the years.

But in terms of “good growing conditions and care”, based on what you’ve told me, here are a few suggestions:

  • LIGHT: sitting on your kitchen table is much too far from your windows.  The first step to “good growth” is good light.  Put this plant as CLOSE to your largest window as possible.  You only need a sheer curtain to block direct sun if it will shine on the plant for longer than 2 hours.  Any distance from a window (or a small window) will cause the indirect light to be too weak – a light meter will prove it.
  • WATERING: waiting until the soil is completely dry to the point that the whole plant is very wilted is not the correct cue to water.  You should be watering the plant when the soil is only about halfway dry – the leaves may be just slightly wilted.  You also mentioned that you pour a small amount of water – you should be fully soaking all parts of the soil thoroughly.
  • FERTILIZING: I use slow release fertilizer in the soil so the plant is getting nutrients at every watering.  More fertilizer info HERE

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