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Plantguardian
Jan 17, 2018 1:28 PM CST
I take care of a peace lily (spathiphyllum) in the office where I work. I repotted it last year, and it has a lot of new growth that is happening in bunches, like younger, new plants next to the older original plant. A few months ago, when one of these new plants was just starting, it flopped over in the pot and the stem was resting on the top of the soil for a few days. I then supported it with string around a wooden dowel, thinking the stem would get stronger, but the stem is still thin for about a inch or two above the soil and it still cannot support itself, so it remains with a loop of string around it and the dowel. This thin stem has three or four slender growths coming out of the sides of the stem just above the soil. These slender growths look like the stems of a leaf without the leaf, or maybe roots? But they are not hair-like. I am pretty sure they used to be green because I thought they might become leaves, but they have turned to a light beige color now. Is it trying to establish roots above the soil?

I am wondering if I should add more dirt to the pot. But if I do, I will have to make a slope to cover that inch-or-two of thin stem but leave the rest of the stronger plant as it is. Is it okay to do that?

Other than the thin stem sprouting something and not being able to support its leaves without being tied to a support, the plant is doing great.
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DaisyI
Jan 17, 2018 2:41 PM CST
Can you post a couple photos so we can see what you are seeing? One of your photos should be of the whole plant, pot and all. Thank You!
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Zencat
Jan 19, 2018 9:29 AM CST
Yes, a few pictures, please.
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WillC
Jan 19, 2018 11:25 AM CST
Waiting for photos.
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Hanover, NH
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Jan 19, 2018 4:22 PM CST
Here are some photos! Hope they help.
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plantladylin
Jan 19, 2018 5:43 PM CST
Is the tall plant a Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)? My opinion is the Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) should be in a container of it's own, a much smaller container.
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WillC
Jan 19, 2018 9:05 PM CST
It's all one plant - a Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum. We don't know its history, but it looks like at one time it was healthy with lots of taller stems and leaves. Due to improper watering or inadequate light, it seems that many of those taller stems died back. The plant then starting putting out the smaller, suckered growth at the bottom. Lack of good light has produced the thin, weak stems that have trouble supporting themselves.

You can try putting some very porous potting mix around the base to help with support, but increasing the light is what it really needs going forward. That won't do much for existing growth but will help produce stronger new growth.

Be careful not to over water because it appears the roots are not in great shape. I have cared for a similar Peace Lily and it took a long time to get it back to good health. Be patient.
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plantladylin
Jan 19, 2018 9:49 PM CST
My Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum 'Domino') that I got as a tiny plant in 2006 is in the garage looking very pitiful right now. We had a couple of nights in the 40's and two nights that dropped to 31ยบ so plants here in Florida are not happy right now! Our garage is very well insulated but *Blush* the plant hasn't been watered in about three weeks. Our daytime temp's the next few days are supposed to be in the 70's so I plan to take it out in the yard and give it a good soak with the garden hose.
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