Houseplants forum→Peace Lily, brown leaves

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Jun 6, 2020 4:25 PM CST
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Hello! This was the first houseplant I ever bought less than a year ago. I do not know anything about plants. I bought it on sale due to it being in very poor condition (I know not to do this now) and not knowing the care. When i first took it home, I repotted it, and put it in bright, indirect light. I struggled with overwatering and underwatering until I bought a moisture meter. It flourished and then all the leaves started dying. I am struggling with brown leaves, but not on tips, on the side with a yellow halo. I even tried repotting AGAIN into fresh soil after struggling. This winter I was sure that I killed it, but it is still getting new growth. I tried moving the plant this spring around into different rooms with different light and it is still doing the same thing.

I don't wanna give up on the plant because I am seeing new leaves, but as soon as they get a certain size, they just turn brown and die. Is there anything to do to save this plant? Thanks!

Name: Sally
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Jun 6, 2020 5:08 PM CST
What a tale of woe; hope we can help. Peace Lily can be very resilient.
The pot it is in now is much bigger than it needs. This tends to keep roots too moist.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Lee-Roy
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Jun 6, 2020 5:59 PM CST
I think you're still over watering. Peace lily tells you when it needs watering since the leaves start drooping; that's your cue.

Name: Will Creed
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Jun 7, 2020 8:17 AM CST
It is a common assumption that most plant problems can be fixed by replacing soil and/or repotting. In reality, doing so creates new problems without resolving old ones. For future reference, keep new plants in their plastic nursery pots and leave the soil and roots undisturbed.

I agree with both Sally and Arico that the pot is too large and that is causing the soil to stay too moist for too long. Try watering only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry to the touch or when the leaves start to wilt, whichever comes first. Water it lightly so the soil gets somewhat dry every week. The moisture meter is not helping you so use your finger instead.
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