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Mar 21, 2017 6:13 AM CST
I put a water fairy thing in the plant but didn't set up the bottle I just fill up the part that slowly feeds the plant water. It was fine Saturday then come Monday the plant was drooping badly. I have shade over windows but just in case I moved the plant away from the window. Today it's drooping even more and I don't know if it can be saved. The soil is damp and I don't know what else it can be. Oh and plant is in my office at work with fluorescent lighting.

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Name: Christine
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Mar 21, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Welcome! Are there drainage holes in the pot? How damp is damp? Is it possible the soil is wet below the surface? Other members will have advice for you.
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Mar 21, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Rputnam619 .

How long have you had the plant? I would try popping it out of the planter and see what the soil and roots look like; as in, too dry? too wet? Other than being droopy the leaves certainly look nice and healthy.
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Mar 22, 2017 8:15 PM CST
Over and underwatering often manifests the same on the plant. So my question will be the same as Christine's, are there drainage holes in the container? The plant does like to be on the moist side, but not too soaking wet.

Or, if this is a relatively new plant you just acquired, it is also possible the plant is acclimating to the growing area so leaves flop down, most especially if there was significant temperature variation during transport.
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Mar 23, 2017 6:37 AM CST
I expect it is just too dry. The leaves should pop right up within a few hours of watering, but some may turn yellow due to this event. I find this is one plant the never should dry out, and can tolerate staying moist much better than ever getting dry. The little fairy isn't adding enough for this plant.
I've only (and often) seem them look this way from drying out, though completely drowning can do it.
These seem to use a lot of water. I'm watering mine all the time.
My friend has one in which the pot sits up in a vase, the roots grow out the bottom and are sitting in a puddle, and happy.
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Name: Will Creed
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Mar 25, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Those water fairies are not reliable substitutes for using you finger and eyes to gauge the moisture level of the soil. Give the plant a good soak and the foliage should perk up within several hours. If it does not, then it means the roots have rotted from too much water and are no longer able to absorb water for the plant.
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