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Why Do the Ends of Peace Lily Leaves Turn Brown?

Updated February 21, 2017

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is a tropical plant commonly grown as a flowering house plant. Though largely resistant to pests, peace lilies commonly produce brown leaves due to poor cultural conditions.

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Peace lilies are extremely sensitive to their environment and often drop leaves when moved to a new location. Grow peace lilies in bright, indirect sunlight to keep leaves from getting scorched.


Peace lilies may produce brown leaves when given too much or too little water. Water the plant deeply and evenly whenever the soil is dry to the touch, and mist a little warm water on the leaves.


Prevent peace lily problems by following proper care requirements. Regularly wipe down the plants leaves to remove dust and grime that may inhibit the plant's ability to take in sunlight, and use a balanced houseplant fertiliser every two to three months.

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About the Author

Michelle Wishhart

Michelle Wishhart is a writer based in Portland, Ore. She has been writing professionally since 2005, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for City on a Hill Press, an alternative weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz, Calif. An avid gardener, Wishhart worked as a Wholesale Nursery Grower at Encinal Nursery for two years. Wishhart holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and English literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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