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Name: RADishGAL
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radishgirl
Jun 16, 2017 5:15 PM CST
It's been a long journey with this one...

I got this large peace lily from work in December. It was in a small pot and pretty root bound so I reported into a way to large pot and it almost died. It was so wilty and just was not perking up. So I downsized it's pot into this one in the picture. When I repotted I removed all the dirt and sprayed the roots with water. It was doing really great for a while but now the same thing is happening?? It is kind of sentimental to me and really want to keep it alive!

Any advice?
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Jun 16, 2017 11:32 PM CST

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How often are you watering it? and how much water? Just the center looks a little moist but not the rest.If you are not giving it enough, it may now be getting to the roots.
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kniphofia
Jun 16, 2017 11:35 PM CST
They are very thirsty plants. When you water give the plant a thorough soaking and let the excess water drain away. Don't give a dribble of water every day. Unfortunately overwatering can also cause these symptoms. I agree with Sue, it looks like the whole of the rootball isn't getting wet, and the roots won't penetrate that new compost otherwise.
Name: RADishGAL
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radishgirl
Jun 16, 2017 11:49 PM CST
When I use my moisture meter it says the outer edges of the pot are wet while the center is dry, that'd why I had just tried pouring water in the center.

Sighing! Sighing!
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WillC
Jun 17, 2017 5:48 AM CST
Rinsing away the soil from the roorts seems to be a common, but often deadly practice. In removing the soil, most of the tiny, almost unnoticeable, root hairs that do most of the work are damaged and it is very hard to get the plant to recover. During the recovery period, the soil moisture around the roots has t be nearly perfect, a nearly impossible task.

Moisture meters are notoriously inaccurate and vary a lot with soil composition and water quality. I would not rely on a moisture meter.
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radishgirl
Jun 28, 2017 10:53 PM CST
Thanks for all the help! Its looking a lot less sad, but still pretty sad. Notice the crusty brown spathe coming in... Should I cut that whole stem off?

How do you trim your peace lily?


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Jun 28, 2017 10:56 PM CST
Never trim. Wait...
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Jun 29, 2017 5:01 AM CST
water water water
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tarev
Jun 29, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Are there drain holes in your container?
Name: RADishGAL
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radishgirl
Jun 29, 2017 10:20 PM CST
There are drain holes... too much water or too little water? I don't feel as though I water it that much, maybe once every 2 weeks.
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tarev
Jun 30, 2017 10:17 AM CST
At this time of the year, my Peace Lily gets more watering. Watching mine growing indoors inside our bathroom area, water even collects at the saucer. Seems it takes 3 days for it to evaporate from the saucer and I know the media is on the moist side. The plant is happy actually, giving me leaves and blooms. To be honest I have not repotted it since it almost died in Sept 2011. Just repositioned it in shade and been giving it stepped up watering during warmer months and scaling down a bit during the colder months. It actually needs a repot since the soil has been consumed by the plant, but it is still happily going, as long as there is good moisture at the root zone. So happy it bounced back and I am so amazed by its resiliency.

Looking at your plant, I would say your plant maybe too underwatered. I would step up watering, making sure all of the soil is wet, and that water drains out clearly from the container.

You can trim off totally dry leaves, but I would leave alone the droopy ones, it is alive, just looking so thirsty. It is nice to see it is growing a spathe, so there is life there. So adjust your watering now, water thoroughly the soil, not just the center. By the way, no fertilizer at this point, got to make that plant recover.
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Jul 1, 2017 7:01 AM CST
Peace lilies wilt pathetically when they lack water. Allowing the soil to get too dry between waterings is the usual cause and is easily remedied by giving the soil a good soak. However, if the leaves to not perk up after the soil is watered, then that is because the roots are no longer absorbing the available water. The most common cause for that is roots that have rotted from being overwatered, Unfortunately, root rot is usually fatal.
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tarev
Jul 1, 2017 11:40 AM CST
I have posted these photos of my Peace Lily before in other threads, but will post it again here, just to show you Radishgal how bad it can go, and how the plant can still bounce back. Good luck, I hope it encourages you to try just one more time! I still see a lot of hope for your plant Smiling

Do not disturb the roots of your plant this time, just let it recover, it takes awhile, keep on the moist side, and eventually it will recover.

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This July 2017, still going, alive and in blooming mode, my plant needs a repot and some dried leaf trimming, but other than that it still goes. Will wait till bloom time is done.
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Name: RADishGAL
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radishgirl
Jul 4, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Thank you all for the help! I have started to water my plant MORE and it is looking 95% better!! I think I was under watering it because I am afraid of over watering!
I water it about one a week now. I attached a picture below to show you all, I'm pretty proud of it!!
Thank You!

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tarev
Jul 4, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Yey! Good to see it perk up! Thumbs up
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sallyg
Jul 4, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Looks great. Thumbs up I was pretty sure it wanted more water.
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tarev
Jul 4, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Just be mindful later as seasons change much, much later during the cold season. Houseplants also slow down in growth, that is the time to lessen a bit watering.

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