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Philadelphia, PA
Jun 21, 2017 7:26 PM CST
I've had a peace lily for just over a year now, was in great shape, blooming, everything was great. I just moved a couple of blocks today and had the plant in my car for about 10 minutes in about 90 degree heat. The plant hadn't been watered in about 5 days, but wasn't really wilting yet, so I thought I could just water it later that day and it would be ok.

When I got to my new apartment, the leaves were extremely soft and wilted. I watered it like I normally do and waited. It's been about 8 hours and it's still wilted, has soft leaves, and I've also noticed some dark blotches on the leaves.

What should I do next?
Name: Will Creed
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Jun 24, 2017 9:25 AM CST
It does not take long in high temps for the roots of Peace Lilies to get damaged. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do beyond the obvious of protecting it from high temps and direct sun and keeping the soil moist. It is likely that some, but not all, of the roots were damaged by the heat. If so, recovery will be slow and you may lose some of the older leaves. Trim them off if they discolor. Going forward, there is a good chance new roots will develop and be able to support healthy new growth. Be patient because this could take a few months.
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Philadelphia, PA
Jun 26, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Thank you! It's been over a week now and I've noticed that about half the leaves coming back, but others are still in bad shape. I'll keep an eye out for the discolorations and trim some leaves if I have to
Name: Christine
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Jun 27, 2017 7:26 AM CST
I would water it more, if his should ever happen again give it a good soaking, PL are pretty tough
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Jun 27, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Also for future moves, remember to water it thoroughly an hour or so before you put it in the car and keep the windows open.

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Jun 27, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Just give it time, it will bounce back some more. Good to know some of the leaves are coming back, just water some more, allow to drain, but got to keep it more on the moist side. I had mine too dead looking to be alive after being left outdoors one summer by my hubby, thought I lost it, but with frequent watering, keeping it in shade, it returned. It may have been in shade outdoors here, but our location is just too bone dry, so it almost died, and hubby did not know he has to step up watering if the plant is brought outdoors here.

Yes it could take months, or some years as in my plant's case, it was heading into Fall then winter, so growth slowed down. So adjusting watering as seasons change, keeping it warm and in shade indoors, then another season. No fertilizers, got to let it return on its own. It is finally blooming this past couple of years.

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