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Nourelkadi
May 2, 2017 4:48 PM CST
I got this plant two weeks ago it looked very well at first, then i palced it indoor in a bigger pot with some compost and it is dying now and i dont know why, any suggestions?
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Christine
May 3, 2017 6:23 AM CST
Welcome! Your plant is a Peace Lily, did you add anything to the compost? It may well be that the compost is smothering the roots, can you post a picture of the soil?
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Zencat
May 3, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Did you repot right away or was this in the last couple of days?
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tarev
May 3, 2017 2:31 PM CST
Hello Nourelkadi, trying to look at your container, hope it has drainage holes.
Also, when you repotted did you happen to add fertilizers?
Peace Lily does undergo some stress after repotting and needs to acclimate again to its new set-up. I would just remove the dying leaves and bloomstalks. Delay any fertilizer application, got to let it acclimate first. The plant likes to be on the moist side, but still needs some intervals in watering, to allow the roots some air below.

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dyzzypyxxy
May 4, 2017 9:57 AM CST
I agree with Tarev, above. Don't give it any fertilizer until it recovers somewhat. Your plant very likely was grown in a warm, humid tropical greenhouse before you bought it. The transition to your cooler, drier home will be a big shock for it. It likes warm, moist conditions. A plant undergoing stress will naturally "pout" a bit but it's not dying.

In the picture of the plant sitting on the step, it looks like that pot is only about half full of soil. Did you add soil underneath the plant's roots to set it up higher in the new pot? Loosen the root ball at the bottom before you set it in the new pot? The soil surface should be maybe an inch or so below the rim of the pot. Also, drainage in the new pot is very important. Was the "compost" you used a type of bagged compost specifically for pots?

Does water flow out of the bottom of the pot when you water? Did you water very thoroughly after you re-potted? The new soil needs to settle, and the roots must not dry out from sitting on new, dry soil.

For a humidity-loving plant like that, it's probably a good idea to take it into your shower and give it a good douse with water at least every week or two. This will wash the leaves, water the root ball very deeply and help humidify the plant short-term, too. A tray for it to sit on, containing some rocks or gravel and kept with water in it will also humidify the surrounding air for the plant.
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