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How to Revive a Peace Lily in 7 Steps

Dying Peace Lilies indicate that the pot may have several problems. Wilting and drooping lilies appear to be dying plants, but the roots and leaves can grow stronger again if correctly revived. 

It is important to note that droopy or wilting leaves do not mean the plant is necessarily dying completely. There’s still ample time to revive your Peace Lily, in most cases.

Generally speaking, it is easy to maintain the divine and beautiful Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) indoors. It can be upsetting when this houseplant signs of dying, but the plant can quickly bounce back to life with proper tips and care. 

Read on below to learn how to revive a Peace Lily before it dies, and the helpful tips for restoring peace lilies.


How to Revive a Peace Lily

Drooping and wilting Peace Lilies are often signs of root rot disease, too much water, inadequate watering, transplant shock, or too much sun. However, a wilting or droopy Spathiphyllum can typically be revived by adequate watering, repotting, or treating root disease.


1. Identify the Problem

Identifying the root cause of the wilting peace lily is of utmost importance. First, find out what is ailing the plant and proceed treating the problem.

Peace Lilies wilt because of inadequate water, excess water, root disease, excess exposure to sunshine, or shock resulting from repotting. 

A way of recognizing a dying Lily is by checking the bottom parts of the leaves. If the leaves turn yellow and drooping, it means the plant does not receive adequate water and is exposed to too much sunlight. 

If the plant is moved to a darker area, it can reduce the water loss and stress from too much sunshine, inevitably saving the plant from dying.  


2. Drain the Potting Soil

If you identify excess water as the problem to the dying Peace Lily, drain the excess water by creating holes at the base of the lily’s pot. You will notice the excess water flowing out of the pot when you’re watering it. 

If no water is coming out of the bottom of the plant, it’s time to consider adding amendments to the soil or simply aerating it.

It may also be a case of needing to repot your Peace Lily into a more suitable container (one with drainage holes on the bottom). 

Peace Lilies thrive with water as long as excess water does not cause drainage issues. Leaving the peace lily in a pot with extra water can decrease airflow to the roots, eventually causing rotting of roots and leaf wilting. 


3. Timely Watering

Peace Lilies, unlike other houseplants, require more water than normal. Thus, leaving your Peace Lilies without watering for too long may cause the plant to wilt. 

Ensure that you water your Peace Lily at least once weekly. During summer, sprinkle some water on the leaves each day to reduce the water loss by its leaves.

Adequate and timely watering of the plant with distilled water will revive the dying peace lily. 

You may also find our previous article, How Does An Overwatered Peace Lily Look Like? The Answer quite useful.


4. Treating Root Rot

Drooping Spathiphyllum may mean the roots are unhealthy. The disease can be easily treated by completely treating the water, roots, and soil. 

Sterilize the plant pot with hydrogen peroxide to kill the fungus, then change the soil completely and trim while cleaning the infected roots and leaves to avoid infection to other healthier parts of the plant. 

If you’ve handled the play with care, it should begin to show visible signs of growing healthier in as little as few days. 

Another great resource for helping revive a Peace Lily with root rot is our guide on how to save a dying Peace Lily.


5. Vitamin B1 Treatment

Droopy leaves may be an indicator that the peace lily needs repotting. When transplanting Spathiphyllum, treat the roots with Vitamin B1 to encourage healthy root development. 

Liquid Vitamin B1, or even powered versions, are readily available online and at local gardening centers.

But, If you can’t find Vitamin B1, use a starter fertilizer in its place. However, be cautious to avoid an excess application that may lead to burning or intoxication, particularly with nitrogen fertilizers.

Most liquid nutrients specially made for blooming flowers should also contain Vitamin B1 and other crucial macronutrients and micronutrients that will help to revive the Peace Lily.

Our Peace Lily Plant Care Guide is another excellent source of info on how to handle reviving a Peace Lily.


6. Avoid Excess Watering or Inadequate Watering

If the soil already has a lot of water, adding more will lead to drainage problems and result in a wilting plant due to inadequate oxygen flow to the roots. 

On the other hand, not watering the plant for quite a while will only lead to the plant withering. Water the Peace Lily at least once every week and adequately to revive the peace lily. 


7. Treat Diseases

The easiest way to treat a Peace Lily for diseases is by using a foliar spray with anti-disease and anti-bacteria agents, or an organic treatment. 

The internet is ripe with remedies for treating plant disease (Google, anyone?), but first, you need to take down notes on the symptoms your plant is showing so you can choose the correct treatment.

Alternatively, you can take samples of the Peace Lily for testing if you identify unusual symptoms related to watering the plant. The lab will recommend the correct treatment regimen for reviving the sick Peace Lily. 

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.