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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Aug 24, 2011 10:40 AM CST
A co-worker brought this beautiful Peace Lily home from her MIL's funeral. It was fine, but now, the edges are black, and there are black splotches on several of the leaves.

The plant seems to be healthy, otherwise, and is putting out several new, white blooms.

Could this be some sort of sun-scaled or stress? She mentioned the plant has been shuffled from the florist to the hearse, to the church, sitting in the car, etc...

Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 24, 2011 12:43 PM CST
I went looking online and found this:
http://boards.wave3.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/184107271/m/85410...
and this:
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/houseplt/msg0913303...

My guess would be that repotting might help, as things from florists tend to be at their peak when you get them. Everything I've ever gotten has died if I didn't repot it fairly soon.
Mine NEVER suffers from overwatering! Whistling Poor thing has to practically die before I get around to watering it. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 24, 2011 1:28 PM CST
Thanks a bunch, Woofie!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 24, 2011 3:06 PM CST
Just hope those links are of some help. The Peace Lily I have is also from a funeral, so I can understand that there can be a bit more motive to keep the plant going. Angel
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 26, 2011 5:35 AM CST
Linda, Peace lilys can take a good deal of light & even direct sun but they can get heat stress such as sitting in a hot car. Also, being that it came form a florist I likely was greehouse raised in low light and has continued it's low light journey. It will do as the photos indicate if it's exposed to too much light too fast. You will need to gradually allow it more & more light. They can be sunburned even in the house if exposed to too much sun too soon. Be cautious of overwatering also. As woofie says, re-potting is a good idea.
I will tell you too from my persoanl experiences with them that it is normal for the older leaves to do that when the plant is going through a renewal cycle. Cut those leaves off; it won't hurt the plant.
Honestly, it looks very much to me like it got sunburned sitting in the hot car with the sun shining through the window.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 26, 2011 8:57 AM CST
Come to think of it, I probably need to re-pot mine!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 26, 2011 9:11 AM CST
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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Aug 26, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Thanks, Flaflwrgrl!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 26, 2011 10:51 AM CST
YVW. I hope it does great for you. No reason it shouldn't. It's going to go through a transition phase; you know that going into it. But peace lilys are pretty tough plants. It'll come out of it looking beautiful I'm sure!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 28, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Oh geez, I hope you read the latest article about providing humidity for plants. Turns out Peace Lilys like a bit of humidity, too. I didn't know that!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 29, 2011 8:36 AM CST
LOL! I didn't know that either. Maybe that's because where I lived all my life we had so much humidity you literally drowned in it when you stepped outside & that's also where the peace lilys were growing; therefore I never thought to give them humidity. Heck, I'd liked to have given away some humidity! Blinking
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Aug 29, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Peace Lilies are tough plants. I have stuck them in a corner and not watered them for months only to go in and cut off all the mostly dead growth and have them push up new shoots. Not that I suggest that as a way to care for them Hilarious! :lol:
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 29, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Yeah, the one I have looks pretty sad right now and I know for sure it's not from overwatering! For the poor thing to have survived this long, I think it deserves a nice new pot. Hilarious!
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HollyAnnS
Aug 29, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Mine got set outside this summer in a pot with no drainage. Don't know how many times I have gone out there to dump a couple of inches of water out of the pot. Poor thing goes from one extreme to the other and still hangs in there. It was a funeral plant from more than 10 years ago.
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Name: Matthew William
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MatthewWilliam
Sep 10, 2011 12:10 AM CST
One of the most common reasons for failure of this particular plant is to let it sit in its own drainage water. Another reason for failure is over potting (too big a pot for the root system which prefers to be somewhat bound); yet another is to underwater by giving the plant little sips of water for fear of over watering. It's a challenging balance Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I agree
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Sep 12, 2011 7:43 AM CST
Thanks for the input, ya'll!

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dogpack
Mar 24, 2012 6:16 PM CST
A friend just gave a piece lily to me. Some of the leaves are turning yellow and then a brown. I'm not certaIN IF IT'S TO LITTLE LIGHT AND THE PLANT NEEDS TO ADJUST OR TOO MUCH LIGHT NEEDING TO ADJUST, OR THE WATER SITUATION. wHEN WATERING, SHOULD YOU DRENCH THE SOIL AND THEN LET THE PLANT DRY OUT AT LEAST 2 TO 3 INCHES BELOW THE SOIL OR WATER SO MUCH EACH WEEK, OR SOME OTHER WAY?

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I'll keep watch and see how the plant responds to where it is and also hopefully hear about proper watering techniques.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 24, 2012 6:53 PM CST
From the little experience I have with Peace Lilies, too much water is waaaaay worse than too little. And the same with light. Too much is way worse than too little. I have one (still in need of repotting, when I find a suitable pot) that lives on my upstairs landing, where the closest window is about 8 feet away and on the north side. I tend to forget it till it starts drooping, then I throw some water on it. Poor thing. But it's still living after about 4 years of neglect! I don't think drenching it is the hot tip, because standing water will kill them faster than just about anything.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 30, 2012 3:07 PM CST
My experience with Peace Lily, they prefer dappled light to shade, and heat really takes its toll on it. But it is a very vibrant plant, I have one which was to all intent so dead after being left outdoors in 100+F heat during summer last year. It was on the shadiest side outdoors but the heat is just too much for it, plus maybe my hubby forgot to water it too at times:

Photo taken on 08Sept2011
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After seeing that, I felt inclined to end its agony and just toss it out, but I still see something green, so I just gave it a real good watering, keeping it outdoors still on the same spot, hoping that the incoming cooler Fall Season will help it revive. Just being mindful of keeping it watered when it is semi-dry.

By 18Oct2011, the plant has formed new leaves, it is now gradually recovering: Big Grin
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As the Fall season ended, I have moved this plant indoors so it can winter indoors.
Now that it's Spring, it is still indoors, and this is the latest photo:I just tossed the blue water gel beads..just some excess I have from another project, it is just water anyways.. Smiling
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Now I hope it will try to make some flowers so I can really say it has fully recovered Smiling

As with what the others had said about the sunburn, that is plausible, plus from my other experience with other plants oftentimes the plants will pout when it senses temperature/light variances, and will show it with its leaves slowly turning black. But it will adapt and adjust eventually. Now just do not make the mistake of overwatering too, just water enough to keep it moist. Smiling
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 30, 2012 5:01 PM CST
Wow. Nice save! Hilarious!
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