Droopy Spathiphyllum - Knowledgebase Question

Ambler, PA
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Question by susan_rothsc
March 18, 1998
Since November, my spathiphyllum (Emerald Swirl) has been droopy -- all of the leaves are down around the sides of the pot and none of the stems are upright. Some of the leaves have died off, even though there are a few new shoots. I water the plant roughly once a week, and haven't fertilized it since the fall. I tried moving it away from the radiators and tried putting it in full sun. Do you have any ideas for saving my plant?

Answer from NGA
March 18, 1998
Spathiphyllum, the Peace Lily, is a great houseplant if it can be kept out of direct sunlight in a room which is reasonable warm in the winter. It hates cold drafts, and loves humidity, so keep the potting soil moist and stand the pot in a tray filled with pebbles, kept with a half inch of water in it. Spathiphyllum needs a minimum winter nighttime temperature of 55F degrees and bright light - strong sunlight will damage the leaves. Often, when leaves droop on a plant, it indicates too much or too littlewater, or the light isn't quite right. Follow the above guidelines and you'll have a good chance of saving your Peace Lily.

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