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Question: I have 2 peace lilly plants that are turning brown and drying out I don't want to lose them they are from my husbands furneal. what can I do to help them live ? I just have never had a geenthumb that was my husband department.

Answer: This plant is usually an easy houseplant but they do sometimes show this symptom. Browning at the tips can indicate far too much direct sunlight (an east or north window is fine for these), overfertilizing (these plants are very sensitive to a build up of salts in the soil, so fertilize only sparingly, say once a month at the lowest rate on the label using a complete fertilizer for foliage plants such as 10-10-10 plus minors), chlorine or water softener salts in the tap water you water it with (use rainwater instead), watering with cold water (use tepid water or room temperature) repeated underwatering (water thoroughly making sure it soaks into the soil and is not running out between the edges of the container, allow excess to drain out, empty saucer of excess water; water again when the soil surface begins to dry so the soil is damp but not sopping wet or saturated), or if you are watering thoroughly and it perks up but then wilts the next day -- need for repotting. I hope this helps!

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