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Jan 13, 2017 3:57 PM CST
I live in a damp, cool climate (34 degree high in winter) and my house does not have a lot of light. My peace Lily is just not doing well since I moved into this house about a year ago and she was thriving before. Any suggestions on how to bring her ugly brown leaves back to a beautiful lush plant?
Name: Elaine
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Jan 13, 2017 5:02 PM CST
As long as you are keeping it indoors, and your house doesn't get too cold at night, the damp and cool shouldn't be a problem. They like humidity.

I'd suggest for your light problem, try a grow light. You can get just a bulb that goes into a lamp, or use a fluorescent light. Both of them need to be quite close to the plant to be effective, within a foot or so. Be sure to rotate the plant sometimes, so all the leaves get some light.

Peace Lilies are shade plants here, so they don't need really bright sunlight even indoors. A grow light for a few hours per day will help a lot. IF you can find a nice spot in the shade outdoors for the summer months it will love that also. Just be sure it's getting watered, and give it some pelleted fertilizer to last the summer - a timed release formula that will go for 3 months or so would be good.

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