drooping tropical plant - Knowledgebase Question

Rockville, Ma
Question by mtwmoser
March 30, 2010
emailed earlier/found name of plant Spathiphyllum Jetty Junior- prior info drooping leaves/needed heavy watering/ root bound so repotted and watered heavy then leaves started to droop again soil was still damp/ use miracle grow potting soil high moisture/soil was frozen when purchased/thawed out and then planted/put a layer of small rocks in pot with drainage/placed pot in large ceramic container

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010


The common name of your plant is Peace Lily. Spathiphyllums can be Thirsty Plants. They let you know quickly when they are thirsty by a noticeably droop in the foliage while creating a tropical look and removing toxins in a room. They?ll bounce back quickly once watered. Overwatering is one reason many people do not have success with plants indoors. Although it?s best to not have your Peace lily dry out, they can be very helpful in teaching us how much time can go by between waterings.

One thing to keep in mind IF your Spathiphyllum sits in a bright or warm area you may notice a "droop" in the foliage late in the day even if the plant is moist. The plant may not really need water?. make sure you don?t over water the plant. If the heat is too much and the leaves "droop" every day you may begin to see some brown tips or edges. Move the plant to a more protected area or cooler space if possible.

My main concern is that you repotted your peace lily into a container with no drainage holes. Although the rocks in the bottom of the pot will give the excess water a place to go, it will just sit there and turn foul, which could affect the roots of your plant. It would be better for your plant to place it in a pot with drainage holes and then just set that pot inside your decorative ceramic pot. this way you can peridocally empty the water that collects in the bottom of the pot.

Hope this information is helpful!

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