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Aug 11, 2017 6:01 PM CST
I got this at my grandfather's funeral less than a week ago and its already dying! Helllp!
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Name: Sue
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Aug 11, 2017 6:04 PM CST

I'm sorry about your grandfather, I can understand why you want to revive the plant. The most obvious possibilities are either under- or over-watering. Is the potting mix dry or wet? Or does the pot feel heavy or light for its size when you lift it?
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Aug 11, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Very easy to care for when, check to see if the soil is dry. Usually if it looks wilted it needs a good watering and it will come back to looking good. Check to see if it is in a pot with holes in the bottom then take it out of the basket it appears to be in and give it water until it comes out the bottom of the pot if you have something to set it in when the water runs out if the soil if really dry let it sit and soak up as much water as the soil will hold. Then let it drain for a bit and put it back in the basket.

I have one from my FIL funeral almost two years ago and it is still looking good. I use the instructions that I gave to you. Adding one more thing keep it in indirect light as it nose not like direct light.
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Aug 11, 2017 6:24 PM CST
My sincere condolences on the loss of your grandfather.

I'm not sure what the problem might be with your Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) but I'm wondering if it might need more water. My Peace Lilies seem to thrive on moisture and high humidity. I did have one get so dry once that it drooped and sagged just like the one in your photo. I filled a bucket halfway with water and sat the pot down into the water for an hour or so to allow the plant to soak up as much moisture as possible and it perked back up.

Not knowing your growing conditions, the type of potting medium in use or whether the container has drainage holes ... I'm not sure of the issue with your plant but my first thought from seeing the photo is that it needs more water. You can trim off any yellowing or brown leaves and be sure you keep the plant in bright light but no direct sun which will burn the foliage.
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Name: Will Creed
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Aug 12, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Although Peace Lilies can wilt when their roots have rotted due to an extended period of overwatering, I think that is unlikely in this case. Peace Lilies do wilt pathetically when they get even a bit too dried out. However, they also perk up again after the soil is completely re-wetted. If the soil feels hard and dry, then set the plastic pot in a sink or tub or saucer filled with water and allow the soil to wick up the water for about an hour.

After severe wilting, there may be some leaf yellowing. Those leaves can be cut off without harm to the plant. For the future, water your Peace Lily as soon as it is about to or starts to wilt. After a bit of experience with it, you will see how often it needs water.

Keep it in a bright location, but protected from the direct rays of the sun. It does not need repotting, high humidity or misting. Fertilize at half strength monthly.

A nice memento!
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Aug 14, 2017 11:47 PM CST
I used to own a flower shop so dealt with 1,000s of PL. They want a lot of water. A lot. Best way to get them to recover is put them in a larger bucket and pour water over the plant. You may need to push it down til it starts absorbing water. Have the level in the outer container ~ 1/2 - 3/4 that of the pot. Let it sit for a couple of hours then remove and allow to drain. This method can be used on a regular basis but much less time is needed. (Note this is also the way we watered poinsettias which also require a lot of water.)

Sometimes an older PL will need repotting cause it has become root bound. At that time you might also split the plant up.

If taken well care of, a PL can live for decades. Good luck.

My condolences.
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