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Name: Ashley
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Feb 19, 2017 10:38 AM CST
So, I recently bought a peace lily plant. Living in an area that gets less sunshine and more precipitation than Seattle, I've invested in a grow light for some of my plants. Worried that my peace lily wasn't getting enough sun (we've had a lot of snowstorms lately!) I started turning on the grow light near it. Not thinking, I place the grow light on the floor across the room from the peace lily and after a couple of days I noticed that the plant was droopy.

I originally thought that the plant was just trying to grow towards the light. However, after moving the light to a higher angle for a couple days, I've noticed that peace lily is just looking sad. It's still droopy (including the flowers). Some of the leaves in the back are turning yellow and all the leaves are losing their strength. They're limp and tear easily.

I've tried watering the plant and misting around it. I've also moved it into a different (inconvenient) location where it can get some indirect, natural sunlight.

I really want to revive my plant and don't know what I'm doing wrong! Help!

Pictures attached. Thank you in advance.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Feb 19, 2017 4:45 PM CST
Hello Ashley, Peace lilies are low light plants, so what I think is happening, your plant is trying to acclimate in your growing area. You did say you just got it. At this time of the year, it is rather cold, so it will pout from the place where you got it, then travelling back to your area, for sure there was temperature variance going in and out.

I would just position this plant in an area with indirect light. Hope the container you have it in has drain holes, and water thoroughly till water drains and leave it alone. I don't bother misting my plant at this time either. Give it time to adjust, and do not keep moving to different areas, it will just make acclimating time longer.

This plant likes to be on the moist side, but not soggy, so try not to drown or overwater the plant, get a bamboo skewer and dip into the soil, if it comes out still wet, delay watering a bit.
Name: Will Creed
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Feb 20, 2017 1:58 PM CST
Although light could become a problem for your Peace Lily in the future, its immediate problem is that it is not getting enough water so it is wilting. Sometimes when the soil gets really dry, it becomes a bit water repellent like a dry sponge and when you add water it just runs straight through the drain holes in the pot. If the soil is not absorbing water, then set the pot in a tub of warm water for about an hour so that the water wicks up from the bottom. Once the soil is saturated and the roots have a supply of water to draw on, then you will see the leaves perk up again by the end of the day. Keep the soil moist enough so that it does not wilt so badly in the future.

Keep your Peace Lily as close to a window as possible. Make sure the window is completely uncovered. A standard incandescent light bulb is of no help. A CFL might help a bit but only if it is directly overhead and no more a a couple of feet away from the leaves.
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Name: Ashley
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Feb 20, 2017 8:51 PM CST
Thank you guys so much! I moved the plant by the window that receives the most sunlight and gave it a lot of water! It looks like it still is going to lose some of the bottom leaves (they're yellowed) but it perked up within hours of the heavy watering.

Thank You!
Name: Sally
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Feb 20, 2017 9:01 PM CST
yup, Will's diagnosis matched what it sounded like to me. Yours' is a much bigger variety than mine, but mine drinks a lot, and when dries out, wilts readily, turns older leaves yellow, and they will never turn back green. It's one of few plants I can almost always water freely, as opposed to others which I try to let dry some.

Glad it's doing better.
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