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May 11, 2020 7:42 AM CST
I am trying to resuscitate a drowned Spath for a neighbor. They overpotted and the pot did not drain much.
Most of the roots have rotted and the foliage is drooping. I have repotted it in a smaller pot in clean soil, removing a lot of the foul smelling soil. There are a couple of healthy roots and upright leaves. I have added a wicking system so it can water itself as needed. It's been a couple of days now and the leaves are still drooping but the stems appear turgid and less droopy. When should I give up on it?
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 11, 2020 9:08 AM CST
Welcome! Your plant is trying to replace its lost roots and that will take a while. As long as the plant seems to be getting more stable and not deteriorating as fast, it is worth staying with it. If new leaves come in discolored and dying, then that may an indicator that it is not recovering very well. Otherwise, it depends on your patience and tolerance.
Will Creed
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May 11, 2020 3:59 PM CST
Thank you for your advice. It appears stable so I will be patient.

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