Save An Overwatered Peace Lily: Reasons & Fix for Yellow Leaves

Signs Your Peace Lily is Overwatered: Plant will have stunted growth and drooping leaves along with dark patches and yellowish edges.

Leaves curl with brownish hues, rotten roots, mold on the soil surface, and eventually a weak and dull-looking peace lily.

How to Revive Your Peace Lily: Bring the plant to a bright place, and trim off the rotten roots and spoiled leaves.

If possible use charcoal or cinnamon powder to dust on root ends and now repot in a new potting soil/mix and place her in a warm place for a couple of days. Your peace lily will revive and shine bright as before. 


Growing peace lily indoors is one of the easiest gardening experiences an indoor gardener could have. But do you know that sometimes, even this extremely easy-to-care houseplant can give you a nightmare by not providing expected thrives? Well, most houseplants are very vulnerable in their caring methods.

Thus, too much care is as much harmful as less care. Some expert gardeners claim that you can give your houseplants less of the required methods sometimes, but never provide them over elements than their actual needs.

How to Revive Overwatered Peace Lily:

Water is something, which you have to use very attentively when growing a peace lily plant indoors. Here are some must-know facts about peace lily care in this regard-

How to Fix an Overwatered Peace Lily Save a Dying Plant

Peace lily doesn’t need too much water to thrive. So, watering your plant more frequently can damage the root system and hamper the overall health of a growing peace lily plant badly.

It will give you hints of overwatering, once you overwater your indoor peace lily plant for a continuous period. Get a weak upcall from those signs and try to stop overwatering immediately-

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Signs of Overwatering:

  • Tips of the leaves of your plant will turn dry and then, black eventually
  • Leaves will get dark patches and the tips will get yellowish edges soon
  • The leaf plate of your plant will have brown and yellow spots
  • Leaves will lose their original form and start having curl with brownish hues
  • The top surface of your planting soil will have mold
  • The roots of your plant will start rotting and you will get a rotting smell from the bottom of your planter
  • The whole plant will start to weaken and dry soon
  • And your plant will have a stunt-growth problem for not getting enough nutrients for root rotting

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How to Save Dying Peace Lily:

When you overwater a peace lily plant, it can’t get adequate oxygen, and thus, these unhealthy issues occur eventually.

Most of the time you can’t revive your plant from the issues of overwatering if you notice the signs too late. However, a few smart tricks can help you here to revive your favorite peace lily plant easily. These tricks are as follows-

  • Bring your planter from its usual place and put it in a warm place, where it can get direct sunlight
  • Repot your peace lily plant instantly in a new pot using a whole new soil mix
  • Check the roots carefully before the plantation, and trim off the affected roots with sharp tools
  • Make sure you cut off each dead leaf and spoiled root part before repotting your plant
  • You can try applying some carbon or cinnamon dust on the end of those cuts to stop your plant from dying
  • Some gardeners use diluted water to wash those parts, before applying these remedies as well
  • Repot your plant, and place it in a warm sunny location for a couple of weeks, until it starts thriving again

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How often to water a peace lily plant

How Often to Water Peace Lily?

A proper watering schedule can make your peace lily growing experience happier than ever. You just need to be certain about when to water and how much to water.

A peace lily owner should remember that an indoor peace lily plant needs a lot of water at once and must be drained out immediately afterward. Here are some basic tips about these methods-

  • Wait for the signs when a peace lily plant wants water (let
  • Usually, it will droop or wilt a little when feeling thirsty
  • Water your plant at that time with a normal watering can or mug
  • Try to water the soil thoroughly and make sure it is draining from the bottom well (rather a partial watering)
  • Spritz your growing peace lily once every few whiles to keep the leaves healthy
  • Use a water meter gadget to check the water level of your planting soil more accurately
  • And follow the routine of watering once a week, especially during the summertime, to get the best outcome.

One thing you should not forget here is that the soil of a growing peace lily plant must be dried out completely between one session of watering to another.

A planter with a good drainage system and loose, well-drained soil are two essential elements of growing a peace lily plant indoors.

More tips and quick ideas on peace lily plant care from soil mix to repotting and propagation.

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Reasons Why Your Peace Lily Leaves are Turning Yellow:

One of the typical troubleshooting issues of a growing peace lily plant is yellow leaves. Some common causes of why your peace lily plant is getting yellow leaves are as follows-

  • When you overwater your plant for long
  • If the planter or soil doesn’t have a proper drainage system
  • For using the low-quality potting mix to sow your peace lily plant
  • When the roots of a peace lily plant get water-logged
  • If you don’t provide enough water your growing peace lily plant
  • For using unfiltered or bad quality water for a thirsty peace lily plant
  • When your plant couldn’t get adequate minerals and other nutrients
  • If your plant is placed in a cold and shady spot for long
  • For placing your plant at a temperature under 40 degrees F
  • When your plant has pests and fungal or bacterial infestation on its leaves or sap
  • If you don’t attend your plant for long or don’t provide any re-equipment sufficiently
  • Your plant reached a certain age and couldn’t thrive again

Remember that any kind of compromise during the plantation or initial care session can lead you to this result of yellowing leaves shortly.

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How to Deal with Yellowing Leaves:

You could never turn those yellow leaves dark green ever again, which they used to be. However, you can at least try not to let the remaining leaves turn yellow, right? So, try these solutions to get rid of the problem of yellowish leaves permanently-

  • Stop overwatering
  • Wait for the right watering period and water your plant when the top few inches turn dry
  • Quarantine newly brought plants away for a few days, before keeping them near your plant
  • Keep your plant protected from drought
  • Prune any discolored leaves immediately, once you locate them
  • Provide enough sunlight and temperature to your indoor peace lily consistently
  • Always use sterilized planting tools and fresh potting soil
  • Use neem oil to control pest and fungal infestation
  • And use rubbing alcohol to wash the planter, shear, scissor, or any garden tool, which you are going to use while planting or repotting your peace lily plant.

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