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Oct 10, 2016 12:06 PM CST
Okay - I'm not sure what type of plant this is, I only know that I got it as a gift 3 weeks ago and the stems were lovely and tall - now they droop lower and lower by the day! I'm not sure why this is; I water it regularly and leave it on the windowsill so it gets light. Please help, I don't want it to die!
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Name: tarev
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Oct 10, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Hello gemmani,
Just some questions:
1) Does your container have drainage holes?
2) What is the sun orientation by that window, is it facing north, south, west of east?
3) When you say you water it regularly, how often do you do it and what time of the day do you do it?
4) What is the ambient temperature around the plant?
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Name: Daisy I
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Oct 10, 2016 12:24 PM CST

Does the pot its in have a drain hole? You could be overwatering.

BTW, Its a Peace Lily. They like to be damp but are easily overwatered.
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Oct 10, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! gemmani
The leaves remind me of a Peace Lily - is that possible? If so, when I used to have one I watered it thoroughly once a week.
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Oct 10, 2016 12:59 PM CST
I agree It sure looks like a watering issue. You might be giving it too much, or it might be getting not enough. Either would cause the stems to droop like that.

Stick your finger down into the soil in the pot as far as you can. If it feels wet, you need to check the drainage, and maybe put it in a different pot with holes in the bottom. If it feels hard or dry, the root ball may have dried out too much, and solidified so that the water you are giving the plant just flows straight through. The answer here is to soak the whole root ball in water for a couple of hours to re-hydrate the potting soil.

Another way to find out about a watering problem is a little more messy - get a sheet or two of newspaper, lay the plant on its side on there and slip the pot off the root ball so you can get a look at it. Soggy, you need to let it dry out some and check that the pot is draining. Dry and solid, you will need to soak it.

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