How do I bring this Peace Lily back to life?

Susan Tackabury
by Susan Tackabury

This is from my father's memorial...I would water it when it started to droop. A week ago, it wouldn't come back so I tried to transplant it. I found the roots to be very wet and probably root bound. I tried to separate the roots after letting it get some air. I put it in the larger pot but it just doesn't wanna perk back up :-( What can I do?!?

  12 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 20, 2018

    Hello Susan,

    You might give it more time, I have had mine commonly droop with lack of water. It might need some time to resituate for the stress of repotting. Does the new pot have better drainage, holes in the bottom with a collection saucer? That might prevent the wet feet.

  • Jeri Jeri on Sep 20, 2018

    Peace Lillies love water but maybe not to sit in it. You need a pot with drainage or you should use lots of rocks in the bottom of the planter to provide drainage. I have several and they look like this when they get dry. They also don't do great in very bright/hot sunlight.

  • Susan Tackabury Susan Tackabury on Sep 20, 2018

    The new pot has drainage and it isn’t sitting in the sun. My concern is that more of the leaves are turning yellow/brownish. I really don’t want to lose this plant! I’ll keep my eye on it...thanks for the info :-)

  • looks like it need some water and maybe miracle grow for house plants

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Sep 20, 2018

    Do not water until it is completely dried out and then water only when needed. You may lose some leaves but it should bounce back if the roots are not rotting. Do not fertilize it right now either.

  • Edie Edie on Sep 20, 2018

    My peace lilies brown and curl with too much water and droop with too little. With this plant I water every other day but not too much! Mine, and I have 5, seem to like regular even watering rather frequently and strong indirect light. Occasionally I miscalculate and they droop but always perk back up. I touch the soil to make sure I haven't overwatered. Feel free to cut out leaves that look tattered or discolored...mine produce more quite frequently and I add plant food really once every 3 months.

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    • Edie Edie on Feb 07, 2021

      Yes I am a lazy plant parent, but correctly watering 40+ plants, some in clay pots, some in glazed ceramic and others in plastic, from small to very large is a challenge. Dry winter inside air seems to require more rather than less watering?? I still have all those peace lillies and they are huge and need to be divided. Can't size up again, my pots are large. Any advice for making the move into more pots? Thanks in advance for your advice!

  • SkyHaven Glass SkyHaven Glass on Sep 20, 2018


    I had the same problem with a Peace Lilly I brought home after losing my Grand Daughter. I too transplanted it into a bigger pot. It looked pretty bad for awhile, but it sent up new growth to replace what was falling off. In time it looked like it did when I brought it home. I think they just go into a bit of shock being transplanted. You might give it a 1/2 strength shot of house plant starter such as Miracle Grow for house plants.

  • Chris Clough Chris Clough on Oct 17, 2018

    Peacelilies like to be root bound. When you transplant only go up 1 size in pots. The pot in the pic has a saucer attached to it. It will never do well in a pot like that. Keep in plastic pot and if you want the container to look nicer drop plastic pot into another container.

  • Christierei Christierei on Oct 19, 2018

    I like to water my peace lillies from the root up .... meaning don't just water a little at the top. The water needs to reach the bottom of the roots. I put water in a dish and then set the plant in the dish. This allows the plant to wick the water up that it needs with out letting the roots getting soggy. The plant should feel heavier when it has absorbed the water. I know this sounds weird but it really helped my plants. I've had them grow until they were to big for me to pick up. Hope this helps.

  • Kat Kat on Oct 19, 2018

    Theses guys crave water and indirect sunlight. It just needs TLC Not over watering but it likes mildly moist soil

  • Deb K Deb K on May 17, 2023

    Hi Susan, Why is my plant sad after repotting?

    It can be quite normal for plants to temporarily stop growing after repotting, especially if you went up a lot bigger in pot size. What you want to try to avoid is transplant stress, such as yellowing, wilting, dropping leaves, roots that don't recover, root rot or even plant death. Hope this helps you out

  • Mogie Mogie on May 18, 2023

    Drooping or yellowing leaves can be a sign of both underwatering and overwatering. You should only be watering when the top 50% of the potting mix has completely dried out. Water thoroughly until it flows out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water.