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Belleplant
Jun 7, 2020 7:51 PM CST
I water my peace lily weekly when the soil is dry by testing with my knuckle and allow the water to drain out. I had it in the dining room about 4 feet from a window in a bright room.

I purchased a moisture meter and it keeps saying the soil is moist so I haven't watered in 3 weeks because the soil still says wet. Now my lily is drooping. Did I over water it? I've had it for 2 months now and it's been growing. Or did I underwater it by relying on the moisture meter?


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Name: Chenny
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zhengcl86
Jun 8, 2020 7:09 AM CST
it seems like you underwater it and the moisture meter is not reliable.

i've been watering my lily every 4-5 days since the weather gotten warmer, once i see the leaves drooping a little that usually means it needs to be watered, then watch it perk up a few hours later.

i dont even do the finger test to check for dryness. The leaves will tell me if its time to water or not.

Belleplant
Jun 8, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Thank you. This is a pic
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 9:15 AM CST
It is best to water a Peace Lily just before its starts to wilt. Don't rely on the moisture meter.
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Belleplant
Jun 8, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Thank you.

Belleplant
Jun 19, 2020 5:01 PM CST
It is still drooping after watering. What can be done?
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plantladylin
Jun 19, 2020 7:34 PM CST
If your Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is still drooping after watering, I wonder if you are watering sufficiently? Peace Lilies should be kept consistently damp. Do you saturate the soil until it's running out the drainage holes and then empty any excess water from the catch tray?

I have a large Peace Lily in my screened atrium (pictured below) that has been sitting in continuously circulating water of a fountain for more than 2 years now.
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The small plant below stays on a shelf in my kitchen. I had trouble keeping the soil of this one consistently damp so I gently pushed a piece of nylon stocking up into the soil through the drainage hole (using a narrow wooden dowel) and I have the plastic nursery pot sitting down inside a more decorative container. I keep about an inch of water in the bottom of the decorative container at all times and the nylon wicks the moisture up into the soil, keeping it consistently damp.
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I've had this variegated peace lily for about15 years and it stays outside on my pool deck year round. I water it with the garden hose and in the heat of summer, I have to thoroughly soak it once a week, unless we have rain.
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The key is trying to keep the soil consistently damp but not saturated to the point that the rhizomes rot.

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WillC
Jun 20, 2020 7:01 AM CST
After a thorough waterng, the leaves should perk up within a few hours. Perhaps you are not making a distinction between wilting due to dryness and nomal Peace Lily leaf droop. If you post a photo of it that might help us help you.

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Name: Chenny
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zhengcl86
Jun 29, 2020 1:45 PM CST
I have noticed the mother plant isn't flowering this year. Is it cause its not getting enough light? Or I need to fertilize it.? Which I have during spring.

There are leaves browning still but noticed 1-2 new growth. It sits in my bedroom at the East window and I think it gets good lighting.

What could be the problem?
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This leaf here still haven't uncurled since I repotted 2 months ago
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Also the daughter plant that I split off isn't really recovering. It's still limpy as always since 2 months ago
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WillC
Jun 30, 2020 8:02 AM CST
Chenny - Several factors affect Peace Lily flowering. One is good sunlight. Yours might benefit from being a bit closer to but under the window on the floor.

Another factor is genetics. Most Peace Lilies are hybrids that are developed to produce a flush of flowers at point-of-sale, but at the expense of subsequent flowering. There is nothing you can do about your plant's genes!

Peace Lilies bloom best when they are kept tightly potted. Repotting discourages flowering until the roots have once again filled the pot. I suspect that is a primary reason that yours has not bloomed this year.

Finally, Peace Lilies do often respond to a monthly addition of half-strength fertilizer but it is not enough to overcome the other factors.

New leaf growth is often affected adversely by repotting. It will take time for yours to recover.
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Name: Chenny
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zhengcl86
Jun 30, 2020 8:12 AM CST
WillC said:Chenny - Several factors affect Peace Lily flowering. One is good sunlight. Yours might benefit from being a bit closer to but under the window on the floor.

Another factor is genetics. Most Peace Lilies are hybrids that are developed to produce a flush of flowers at point-of-sale, but at the expense of subsequent flowering. There is nothing you can do about your plant's genes!

Peace Lilies bloom best when they are kept tightly potted. Repotting discourages flowering until the roots have once again filled the pot. I suspect that is a primary reason that yours has not bloomed this year.

Finally, Peace Lilies do often respond to a monthly addition of half-strength fertilizer but it is not enough to overcome the other factors.

New leaf growth is often affected adversely by repotting. It will take time for yours to recover.


what about the leaves that are browning, which are mostly getting crispy\brown at the tip then working its way inward from the leave. What is the cause of that?
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WillC
Jun 30, 2020 8:16 AM CST
Chenny - Leaf browning often occurs after repotting. When repotting, it is hard to avoid damaging the tiny root hairs that are critical to a plant's health. It is also easy to inadvertently overwatering after repotting unless adjustments are made to your watering routine.
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AmberLeaf
Jul 2, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Belleplant said:I water my peace lily weekly when the soil is dry by testing with my knuckle and allow the water to drain out. I had it in the dining room about 4 feet from a window in a bright room.

I purchased a moisture meter and it keeps saying the soil is moist so I haven't watered in 3 weeks because the soil still says wet. Now my lily is drooping. Did I over water it? I've had it for 2 months now and it's been growing. Or did I underwater it by relying on the moisture meter?




Moisture meters are mostly useless, let the plant dry out before watering and if the plant is thirsty it will droop. Avoid watering with tap water as the roots are very sensitive to chemicals in tap water. Either use bottled water or leave some water to sit out for a couple days. Also when disturbing the root system such as splitting the plant up it can decline. The roots on a peace lily are extremely fragile.

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