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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 14, 2020 10:30 AM CST
Hi I went to a hardware store today B&Q and picked up some house plants, got them home and the peace lily's had some rapping around them I expect its to protect them during transit and while they are in the shop.

I bought two peace lily plants I noticed one of them was drooping as soon as I cut the plastic rapping off. There were also tiny flies on the peace lily plant and also the plant didn't seem very stable so I gave it some water but the other peace lily I bought was perfectly fine, so I decided to take the droopy peace lily out of its pot to investigate only to discover it has very little roots and root rot.

I got a tray and a bucket of water and washed off the roots that remain in the hopes I could save it before it dies. I also separated the peace lilies apart as it was four plants put together in one pot, so I've now re-potted one of them in fresh soil and the more affected ones are sitting in some water.

These were very cheap to buy plus I really wanted some peace lilies so I want to try save them.

Any advice on what I could do to have a better chance at saving them would be much appreciated.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Some photos would help. Perhaps you can try using the rotted one in the aquarium you mentioned earlier.
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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 14, 2020 1:25 PM CST
So these bits were all one plant in the pot and all had root rot, here is the one I put in the aquarium.

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Here is the one I re-potted with new soil, the original soil was very wet and wasn't very well draining, I expect thats what caused the root rot a lot of the plants I bought today have very wet soil.



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And here are the others, as you can see there are not much roots on these ones.



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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 14, 2020 3:33 PM CST
I think what I might do is, take those other two out of the water tomorrow and just pot them up in some well draining soil and put them in the kitchen where there is a bit more natural light for them, maybe that will help them to recover faster. Then once they have fully recovered and are properly established then I can put them in the living room.

I'm also planing on building a aquarium L.E.D light for the fish tank then hopefully I can have some growing from the fish tank.

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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 15, 2020 8:52 AM CST
I went back to the store today to get a flamingo plant but after the peace lily rot I decoded to look under the pots this time and also give the plant a genital wriggle but they seemed very lose and no roots poking out from the bottom of the pot so I decided to look elsewhere, I think whats happening is that the plants in the shop are not getting any light and they are slowly rotting away from the roots.

I'm still on a search for some pothos plants and philodendron as well as some lucky bamboo. I would also like more peace lilies, I'm planing on having at least 10 peace lily plants in each room, apparently they are good for cleaning the air but you need 10 to 15 peace lily plants per room for it to be effective.

Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 16, 2020 7:34 AM CST
I guess peace lilies are hard to recover once they go down hill. People say that they are the most easy plant to take care of but I've only had mine two days and already they are dying, mine had root rot I didn't know at the time when I bought them but I wanted them so badly and nowhere else is open.

I've put the smaller one in the corner of the fish tank and I've put a light above it but the flower is now wilted so I'll give it a couple more days and if it worsens then I'll pot it up and put it in the kitchen where there is some natural sunlight with the others.

Here are some pictures... not the most pretty I know but its just to give you an idea. I don't usually use electrical tape on cable but ran out of heat shrink. It was just a quick throw together light.

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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 16, 2020 7:55 AM CST
Here are pictures of the other pieces that I'm attempting to save from root rot and although they may appear to be healthy, they are not and are starting to wilt.

I moved these into the bedroom just to get a better photo but they are currently in the Kitchen where there is some decent natural sunlight.






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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 16, 2020 8:14 AM CST
Peace Lilies are better in lower light than many plants and they are more tolerant of overwatering than most. However, their roots are rather fragile and don't like to be disturbed. Once the roots start to dieback, recovery is often difficult.
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Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 16, 2020 9:40 AM CST
WillC said:Peace Lilies are better in lower light than many plants and they are more tolerant of overwatering than most. However, their roots are rather fragile and don't like to be disturbed. Once the roots start to dieback, recovery is often difficult.


They have wilted a lot more since I took the photos, its likely I'll end up having to dump them out in a few days. Maybe I'll do better next time.

I might just get some peace lily seeds and grow them that way.

A lot of the plants in that store have root rot. I spoke to my mother today who bought cacti from there and those had root rot too and didn't survive.
Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 18, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Just an update. The peace lilies that I've been trying to save have been perking up a little so hopefully fingers crossed they will grow some new roots and become healthy plants.
Name: Kevin Langley
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AmberLeaf
Jun 19, 2020 4:12 AM CST
Here is a photo of the rescued peace lily plants so far, they are outside for now in a shaded area and its summer time now so its the perfect place for them until they make a full recovery, the flowers all died so I snipped those off, there are a couple still a little droopy but I'm just going to leave them alone and check on them each day. I think one of them will survive but the others still look droopy to know whether they will make it.


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Name: Kevin Langley
London UK
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AmberLeaf
Jun 24, 2020 4:24 AM CST
My other peace lily is starting to yellow I just can't seem to get its lighting requirements right, so its now in a new spot by a window but just at the side to where its not in direct sunlight. I had it in a few spots on the other side of the room but the plant didn't like it so I moved it into a lighter spot and it did not like that either, I also tried it in a more darker spot but it hated that, so if this spot doesn't work I think I'll just give up on peace lilies but before I do I will buy another and make sure its a healthy plant and if that declines then I'll tick those of my list.

The ZZ plant is doing well where I originally had the peace lily.

The peace lily is watered correctly, not to dry and not to wet.


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Name: Kevin Langley
London UK
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AmberLeaf
Jul 24, 2020 7:35 AM CST
It would appear that one Peace Lily has perked up, the rest of them died.

I didn't want to post just encase I speak to soon. I just never truly know whether I'm coming or going when it comes to Peace Lilies because they can look healthy but live for a week or live for a couple years or more and in that time they can wilt suddenly then die without any obvious reason.

The important thing is that this Peace Lily has got new growth at the bottom which is a good sign, it wasn't to long ago when I was going to toss it in the trash and give up with it but its looking like it may just pull through. I wont ever be buying these again so this will be my only Peace Lily.

I expect another bit will die because it was very droopy and I tried to pull it out to remove it but it seemed to have strong roots so I left it. The rest looks good.

I had a lot of rotten bits on this Peace Lily where parts of the plant droop then turn yellow so I just pull those out.



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