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Question by peedie922
March 12, 2008
Our peace lily all of a sudden seemly it's leafs began to blackened on their edges, as this progressed I would cut off the blackened leafs,here lately it seems as if the leafs are dieing faster,there's a bloom on the plant now but the young sprouting leafs are also turning black, can my plant be saved, what is the probable cause of this.


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Answer from NGA
March 12, 2008

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The contributing causes include cold night temperatures, cold winds and/or waterlogged soils. Sometimes these stress a plant so much that it develops a disease called Phytophthora, which is a root rot. If the plant were mine, I'd allow it to finish blooming then dig it up, amend the soil so it drains quickly, then replant (as long as the roots appear healthy). This should prevent further symptoms. If you find the roots and/or bulb are mushy or spotted, I'd toss the plant and find a new one. If you replant in the same spot, remove the affected soil and replace with fresh soil prior to planting. Be sure to amend the soil with organic matter to facilitate good drainage.

Best wishes with your beautiful lily!

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