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Disneygram
Dec 2, 2016 9:35 AM CST
To make a long story short we have a 20 yr old peace lily that has suffered from drought and heat while we were evacuated for hurrican matthew. Itwaswitnout light power and water for over a week, the leaves were drooped all the way to the floor, I watered it but eould not perk up. Transplanted it thinking that would help it did not in fear of tems breaking I cut them off ,there hopefully these pics will help determine if im wasting my time on trying to save this plant,
Thumb of 2016-12-02/Disneygram/c86ae1 the first pic is now.the last pic shows the base of plant and cut the stems off ,now the first pic is hard to see but it does havegreen on it. Just wondet if I should cover it more with soil all the way up?


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tarev
Dec 2, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Hello Disneygram, I still see hope for the plant. I would add more soil, up to the similar level it was in before. Either carefully bury it but keep green part above soil level or add more soil to it to bury the neck but keep green part above soil level. I see a good root and there is green at the center so that tells me the rhizome is still alive. Just have to keep it moist and warm, and use a container with drainage holes. Be very patient, it takes awhile after almost dying and then being disturbed with the repot. New leaves form from the center, so it is really good to see the center part of your plant is green, there is good potential for recovery. It actually looks more promising than the state my plant was in when I tried to help it recover. Water the soil and keep it moist, not the crown of the plant.

My plant suffered outdoors in a shady area, but our heat was intense going triple digit at times, got too dried off for about a month or so in the summer of 2011, but with very careful nurturing, keeping it moist, and in shade, then pulling it indoors during the cold months, it recovered. I am really amazed with this plant's staying power.

This is my plant's recovery photos:
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It underwent again another bout of getting too dry, we have to be away on an emergency, but it stayed indoors last August all that time, so some leaves dried out, but resuming watering it recovered once more, much faster recovery this time, I guess being in shade and away from intense heat helped.

In both occasions, I did not apply any fertilizers, it is in a bad shape, so got to make it recover properly first. I have not repotted this plant since 2011, so the soil level is rather low now. I plan to do that in Spring. It made its first bloom stalk in July 2016 since its recovery and so far still holding onto it.

This November 2016:
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Good luck, hope your plant recovers!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 2, 2016 9:22 PM CST
Those Peace Lilies! Why do they put us through such stress??? Same thing happened to mine. Here's the thread on it. Happy to say it looks even better than those last photos and I have hope. The thread "Ailing Old Peace Lily" in Tropicals forum
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WillC
Dec 3, 2016 8:26 AM CST
The key is the health of the roots. If there are enough roots that are still healthy, then it may send up some new growth from the base of the stem. If not, there is nothing else you can do. Don't add any more soil; keep it warm and in a moderately bright location. Keep the soil barely damp. If there is no sign of healthy new growth withing the next month, then toss it.
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Disneygram
Dec 11, 2016 9:07 AM CST
I think my plant has had it.i took itoutofcontainerto seeifitis rooting,washed well andreplantedit, myconcern is that the regrowth has a brn tip. This plant wad given to myhusband when his mother paaed about 20 yrs ago. From my previous post you can see where it wad at priorto cutting stalks. Praying it is ok, ithink i need to add more perlite to soil but lowes is at of it. This plant was huge in its day and and we are devastated overlosing it. What are the whitethings roots growing? Sorry for the screen shots.
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Mom2bindi
Dec 12, 2016 4:16 AM CST
Disneygram said:I think my plant has had it.i took itoutofcontainerto seeifitis rooting,washed well andreplantedit, myconcern is that the regrowth has a brn tip. This plant wad given to myhusband when his mother paaed about 20 yrs ago. From my previous post you can see where it wad at priorto cutting stalks. Praying it is ok, ithink i need to add more perlite to soil but lowes is at of it. This plant was huge in its day and and we are devastated overlosing it. What are the whitethings roots growing? Sorry for the screen shots.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 12, 2016 10:14 AM CST
Hello Disneygram, to me the white spots seems to be some type of mildew. See these links that talks about mildew, powdery mildew and downy mildew http://homeguides.sfgate.com/w...

https://www.planetnatural.com/...

It has some suggestions there how to try and treat it, the only thing is, your plant is in so much stress already. There has been too much root disturbance as well, I did not disturb the root zone of my plant then as I waited patiently for it to recover.

It will be up to you, if you want to continue trying to revive the plant, just be careful you do not infect other plants that you may have indoors as well. Make sure to quarantine it from other plants. Or just ditch it, and bid it goodbye. Sometimes we can try, sometimes, just have to let it go.

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