If you’re looking for peace lilies the right way, you’ve come to the right place. Water problems are common and can seriously affect the health of your plant. By following the tips in this article, you’ll be well on your way to learning how to water peace lilies properly.
How to water peace lilies: Peace lilies should be watered as soon as the top half of the potting soil dries out, but before the leaves begin to drop. Water generously until the water runs out of the drainage holes. Use a well-drained potting soil and do not let the plant sit in water, this will cause root rot.
Watering peace lilies is one of the most important aspects of care, but it’s also one of the most common causes of problems. Read on and I’ll show you the things that really matter.
- How to Water Peace Lilies
- Things That Affect How Often You Water Peace Lilies
- Peace Lily Water Problems Can Cause Brown Leaf Tips
- Yellow Leaves Caused by Peace Lily Water Problems
- Can I put a peace lily in a self-watering pot?
- Last word
How to Water Peace Lilies
There are three things that are really important to do right when watering peace lilies. If you do it right, you’ll be well on your way to providing excellent care.
1. Quantity of water
Water your water lily well when the top half of the potting soil is dry. Abundant watering has a number of benefits that can really make a difference in the health of your peace lily.
It prevents the accumulation of fertilizer salts in the potting mix in the first place by removing them from the soil. Excess fertilizer salts in the soil will cause brown spotting and can cause other nutrient toxicity symptoms that are really harmful to your plant over time.
Second, soaking your peace lily ensures that you won’t accidentally flood your plant. You see, soil works like a sponge. You may have noticed that when you try to wet a dry sponge, the water repel and run off. Only after proper humidification does a sponge absorb water and behave as it should.
Well, potting soil is exactly the same. If you add a little water to dry potting soil, it tends to flow through the pot and out of the drainage holes, without being absorbed by the soil and causing the potting soil to settle.
A good pouring technique is to add a small amount of water first. Wait a few seconds for the water to settle on the floor. Then add more water. This will help your water lily absorb more water, rather than letting it drip too quickly into the pot. If your watering isn’t moistening the soil enough, your peace lily may show signs of soaking.
2. Avoid watering on a schedule
When watering your peace lilies, do not use a watering schedule. Every plant and growing environment is different, and your peace lily will need watering more or less often, depending on growing conditions.
The most important thing is to observe your plant and the soil in which it is located. This way you can determine exactly when to water your water lily. I wrote another article describing how to tell when a houseplant needs water. Mastering this skill is key to keeping houseplants healthy.
3. Type of water
Depending on where in the world you live, your water may contain significant amounts of chloride, fluoride, and other minerals, which can have a negative effect on your plant. As for your precious peace lilies, these additions can cause them to turn brown at the ends.
Consider watering your water lily with rainwater, tap water, or distilled water if you have brown spots on your plant. You may consider consulting a water quality report from your local water department or using a tap water testing kit to find out more about the water you are using.
Things That Affect How Often You Water Peace Lilies
Higher temperatures will increase your plant’s growth rate and increase the rate of evaporation. As a result, the soil dries out faster and your plant needs water more often.
Because peace lilies are a tropical plant, they must be in a climate above 60°F. Cold windows that have extra drafts, in turn, are not peace lily friends. . Temperatures of 65-85°F (18-30°C) will help your peace lily thrive.
Stronger sunlight will also affect the temperature and growth rate of your peace lily and will significantly affect your peace lily’s water needs.
Even weather changes can affect how often you need to water your water lily, as cloudy conditions usually result in reduced light and lower indoor temperatures, which requires less water.
You should keep your peace lilies out of direct sunlight in the afternoon, but bright indirect light will help your peace lily grow stronger and produce more flowers.
Increased ventilation in your home will increase evaporation of water from the soil and leaves of your peace lily. Keep this in mind when determining when to water your plant next time.
A little ventilation is generally good for the health of a peace lily, but avoid hot or cold drafts.
Peace lilies prefer moderate to high humidity. Low humidity can cause leaf tips to turn brown, leaves to curl and droop. Most homes struggle to achieve the high humidity that peace lilies prefer.
Lower humidity will cause your plant to dry out faster, so try increasing the humidity in one of these ways. Be sure to compensate for the increased drying effect of low humidity by regularly checking the potting mix to see if your peace lily needs water.
choice of pot
Larger pots with more soil dry out more slowly than smaller pots. A large peace lily in a small pot uses available water much faster than a small peace lily in a large pot.
Also keep in mind that the type of pot you choose will have a big impact on how often you need to water your water lily. A porous clay pot allows soil water to drain through the walls of the pot and the potting soil dries out more quickly.
A plastic or glazed ceramic pot is waterproof and will retain more water in the soil longer. Having good drainage holes in the bottom is also essential so that excess water can drain out of the pot and prevent the soil from becoming soggy.
Peace lilies generally like to be in pots that are only slightly larger than the plant and can tolerate a bit of root binding. This also allows the soil to dry out faster.
This provides the perfect setting where you can soak your peace lily and have the soil almost completely dry in about a week. That’s what I normally aim for. If the soil takes more than 2-3 weeks to dry out, your plant is at greater risk for overwatering issues like root rot.
peace lily pruning
Depending on the size of your peace lily, they will need different amounts of water. Larger plants will use larger amounts of water as they grow, so the amount of water you need for your plant will increase.
Peace Lily Water Problems Can Cause Brown Leaf Tips
Brown leaf tips can be caused by many factors, including overheating, low humidity, flooding, excess fertilizer, and using water that contains fluoride, chlorine, or excess dissolved minerals.
Be sure to provide optimal growing conditions for your peace lily and consider testing the water quality. When in doubt, use filtered water, distilled water, or rainwater for your water lily.
Yellow Leaves Caused by Peace Lily Water Problems
Yellow leaves on peace lilies are usually caused by too much water. This results in a general yellowing of leaves and dead leaves. If the soil is very wet, your peace lily may develop root rot and you should repot your plant and treat the affected roots immediately.
Underwater can also cause yellow leaves on your peace lily, but the plant will tend to bend over at first and yellowing of the leaves will follow. The ground will also be completely dry, so it should be very easy to see too much water underwater. A normally watered peace lily will recover very quickly once normal watering resumes.
I wrote another article on why peace lilies turn yellow, which you should definitely read if you’re unsure why your peace lilies are turning yellow.
Can I put a peace lily in a self-watering pot?
Although I generally recommend watering your water lily when at least the top half of the potting mix is dry, they can work just as well in evenly moist soil as long as the soil isn’t soggy. Self-watering pots tend to provide evenly moist soil due to the capillary action of most self-watering mechanisms.
Peace lilies generally do well in self-watering pots, but there are a few things to remember. The self-watering mechanism will not work effectively until the plant is firmly rooted in the pot and the roots have had a chance to grow and spread through the potting mix. Also choose a self-watering pot that is only slightly larger than the plant itself, this greatly reduces the chances of overwatering.
I hope this article has helped you understand how to properly water peace lilies. Remember not to water your water lily until you have assessed the plant and the dryness of the soil. Water thoroughly every time, and if you’re having trouble, go through each factor in this article and make sure you’re creating the best conditions for your plant.
If you’d like more information, I’ve written an in-depth peace lily care guide that covers all the important factors that go into flowering peace lilies and how to prevent and treat problems.