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Name: Der Thomaskantor
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Aug 11, 2016 8:21 PM CST
I don't own them, but I want to see whether if I can revive them. They only get sun from a skylight.

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 11, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Looks like they all need re-potting to me. The dark green leaf color is a result of not enough light, but not unhealthy.

The Peace Lily looks as if it's been overwatered, maybe. It really needs more light and it might not bounce back but the others should be fine.

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Name: Sharon Rose
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Aug 11, 2016 9:33 PM CST
Elaine is right on repotting! If nothing else fresh potting soil says yum to a plant. The corn plant (tall one) needs all the completely brown leaves cut-off. They died from lack of water. All the green leaves need the dust washed off. Either hose outside or wipe top and bottom of leaves with damp paper towels, rinsing the paper towels out often. Then with scissors some of the brown ends could be trimmed. May you be surrounded by happiness and peace!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Aug 12, 2016 7:28 AM CST
The corn plant looks pretty good. They are sensitive to chemicals in tap water, so it's normal for the foliage to have some imperfections if the water has fluoride, chlorination, &/or lime. Distilled water, rain, or condensate from a dehumidifier or A/C can be used to avoid issues from those chemicals. If not possible, advise taking the plant to shower or outside in the shade to water so the excess can flow out of the pot. This still exposes the plant to some of the chemicals but at least prevents a build-up of substances in the soil.

When you remove the old pot, you'll probably find a pancake of roots at the bottom. Cutting that off will allow the roots to be able to grow normally again for a while, and make removing the old soil much easier. Looks like it could use a bigger pot if possible. That would help it be able to stand upright. 3-4 softball/cantaloupe sized rocks around the base after repotting might hopefully eliminate the need for the stake. Hopefully the trunk isn't actually wobbly without it. Rotating it halfway every week or 2 should help keep it going straight up.

Edited to add... those rocks will be heavy. Once the roots get situated into the new soil, hopefully they won't need to stay. Watering with a gentle sprinkle the first few times will prevent unnecessarily compacting the soil, as a more forceful gush of water would. I'd probably water lightly (slowly, and not adding enough so that it comes out of the drain holes,) as needed without moving the plant for the first couple months, then try removing the rocks, if they were needed at all, so it can be carried somewhere to do a first thorough watering, but still with a slow, gentle sprinkle, using enough water so that some water does come out of the drain holes.
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