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Name: Lee Cozo
redding ca (Zone 9b)
May 29, 2016 10:03 AM CST
About 1 year 3 months ago i had 2 new peace lilies that were growing off of this mother plant. So i repotted it so that i could seperate the babies from the mother plant. Ever since then the mother has been slowly wasting away. This is where it is now. I switched from using tap water (which i would let sit out to evaperate the chlorine) to bottled water. Ive had it for about 12 years. All of the other leaves had turned yellow & died. The rolled leave was the last new growth. Now its frozen in time so to speak. Its been on "life support" ever since. Ive also flushed out the soil of salts. As well as rinsed the the root awhile back thinking of root rot. Bottom pic better image. Please help.
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
Bogor, Java, Indonesia (Zone 13a)
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May 30, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Hi Lee.
So sorry about your peace lily. If its mine i will take her out, wash the rhizome and root. Check if any rotting sign. Apply fungicide. Replant in fresh good drainage potting medium. Place in shady area and wait and pray ☺.
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May 31, 2016 7:26 AM CST
I would also cut the leaves back by almost half so the roots don't have to support so much.
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Name: Elaine
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May 31, 2016 12:15 PM CST
These are plants that like to grow in a clump, so it's possible you damaged the roots of the mama plant when you divided it. Did the babies survive?

If they did, I'd let mama go to her demise and nurture the baby plants into a nice lush clump. Don't divide them, they do better as a colony. Here's mine, probably 25 stems in that clump.
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Name: Lee Cozo
redding ca (Zone 9b)
Jun 3, 2016 6:51 AM CST
I didnt keep the babies. Thank you all for your responses. I may have damaged the roots when i did repot it. It surprises me that it made it this far. Ill check the roots. Im just afraid to do so if theres new roots growing. It has 2 leaves left. I figured that its roots were damaged so thats when i started pruning them as they turned yellow about a year ago. Ill keep you posted, i had read that they are hardy plants

Aug 13, 2016 8:48 AM CST
So my username is abit different. Ha couldnt sign in so had to change it. Anyways good news i ended up having to cut all the leaves & stems off. Now its starting to have new shoots coming up out of the sides of the crown. I havent removed it from the small pot for fear the new roots might break again. But i think its finally growing new roots since theres new growth for the first time in the last year & a half. So happy theres new life to it Hurray!
Name: Feng Xiao Long
Bogor, Java, Indonesia (Zone 13a)
Purslane Tropicals Plant Identifier
Aug 14, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Thats good news. Glad to know them get better and produce new shoot Smiling

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