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kmart
Nov 12, 2017 3:47 PM CST
I had my peace lily in a normal pot, and it was doing well. Before I went on a trip, I added extra water. Sometime after returning I noticed it was starting to look poor. So I watered it more. It has not helped. I then thought it could be root rot from overwatering so I transplanted it into a self watering container. I'm uploading some photos of the plant and root system. I though the roots looked okay, but wanted to get some other opinions. Thank you!






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DaisyI
Nov 13, 2017 12:05 AM CST
I don't know much about Peace Lilies. But... The roots look healthy but there are a lot of broken ones. The pot is way too large. And the soil looks very dry. Did you get the soil thoroughly moistened before planting your plant?
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Nov 13, 2017 1:09 AM CST
Bigger pot than the one needed, one of my serious mistakes that I have tried to fix. Easy to lead to root rot when plants are in bigger than necessary pots. Other than that, it needs a good watering, it looks dry to me. And spray her to give her a humidity boost. The soil of this plant must not let to dry. Peace lily, Spathiphyllum, likes the soil to be moist. It is a plant suitable for hydroponics actually. Give it a good watering and some humidity, I keep mine on a pebble tray, with pebbles in the water until half their height, water much not touch the bottom of the pot. The roots look OK to me also.
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Christine
Nov 13, 2017 7:00 AM CST
The soil looks like its peat, what kind of soil did you use? I agree with Daisy, it looks bone dry. I use Miracle Grow potting soil and perlite, I do 50/50. Peace Lily's do not like to go dry, I keep my soil moist and that works for mine. Now is not the time to re-pot any plants, their growing season has ended until next Spring when they will start to grow again.

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kmart
Nov 13, 2017 8:07 AM CST
The soil is Organic Self-Watering Potting Mix. I understand it's recommended for self watering planters.



Christine said:The soil looks like its peat, what kind of soil did you use? I agree with Daisy, it looks bone dry. I use Miracle Grow potting soil and perlite, I do 50/50. Peace Lily's do not like to go dry, I keep my soil moist and that works for mine. Now is not the time to re-pot any plants, their growing season has ended until next Spring when they will start to grow again.

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DaisyI
Nov 13, 2017 11:00 AM CST
That's great but you have to get the potting mix thoroughly wet in the first place in order for it to wick and you have to use a self-watering pot.

Essentially, you have to 'prime the pump'.

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WillC
Nov 14, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Judging from the size of the rootball, your Peace Lily did not need a larger pot. My concern is that "self-watering" pots and potting mixes are all different but have a tendency to keep the soil too moist around the roots. "Self-watering" is more about marketing than about effective watering of plants. You need to be very careful that the soil gets a chance to dry out enough to allow oxygen around the roots each week. Don't assume the "self-watering" will take care of everything for you.

My advice would be to allow the soil to dry out enough each week so that the plant starts to wilt just a bit. That will help prevent root rot or suffocation.
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lycroft77
Nov 27, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Does my peace lily look ok.
Have had some leaves for off and have some with dies tips.
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WillC
Nov 27, 2017 3:58 PM CST
Lycroft - So far, your Peace Lily appears to be in pretty good shape. Cut off and discard any yellow or brown leaves. Brown leaf tips can also be trimmed off without harm to the plant.

Now that you have repotted, be very careful not to over water because the added soil will retain moisture longer than before you repotted.

To determine how often to water I suggest that following:

Water until a bit of water trickles through into the saucer and note the date. Then, watch carefully and don't water again until the leaves start to wilt just a bit. That will tell you how many days it will go between similar waterings

Try to avoid letting the leaves wilt completely, but if they do, they will recover but some additional leaves may yellow and leaf tips will brown.

Keep your Peace Lily as close to a window as you can without having the rays of the sun fall directly on the leaves.
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