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pallavi
Mar 14, 2018 10:40 PM CST
Hello experts,

I recently got a peace lily as I heard it is a low maintenance plant and also acts as an air purifier. I initially placed it near a window where it got bright light. The tips of the leaves and some leaves started turning yellow. I pruned them off and changed the position again. Now it is near a north facing window where it gets bright but indirect light. As for watering, I did allow it to droop a bit before I watered again. To be honest, the pot that it came in seems a bit tight. It is hard to dig my finger into the spoil to check for moisture without spilling some of the soil out. But anyway, I keep it moist. I have not fertilized it since I got it from the nursery. Just been a month so far. Now I have the following concerns :-

1) How to know when to prune the peace lily ? Should we wait until the spadix turn black or brown or when the spathe turns green ? In my case, I see both happening .

2) Does my plant look healthy ? The leaves have become upright after watering but they are not exactly erect . Still look a bit curved. Is that normal ?

3) I see some white powder on some of the leaves. Is that pollen or some fungus ? Should I prune that flower stem ?

4) Some of the spathe coverings are showing pointed brown tips. What is that a sign of ?

Thank you all in advance. Still early days with this plant. Dont want to lose it . Appreciate all your suggestions.
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sallyg
Mar 14, 2018 11:05 PM CST
It looks perfectly fine, as far as I can see.
This plant likes to stay moist. The current location light sounds fine. Allowing the plant to dry to the point of wilting can cause some older leaves to turn yellow, so should be avoided.
The white powder is pollen.
Trim the flowers off whenever you feel they look old or icky.
Probably best keep it in the same pot until desperately in need of room, as in, it dries out so fast you cannot keep it watered.
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pallavi
Mar 15, 2018 12:02 AM CST
Thank you Sally. So I should prune back all the flowers that have either got brown spadix or green hoods ? How do you know which ones are dead from the ones that are turning green ? Also, I ve seen even the long stems standing erect , while a couple of mine seem wilted. Am I worrying too much ?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 15, 2018 11:29 AM CST
If any flowers look old to you, they probably are, and cutting them off won't hurt, and may help.
I'm not quite sure which you refer to about wilting stems. Everything there looks normal to me. Some leaves take different positions, trying to get best light, for that overall, 'spread out ' look of a happy plant.

Honestly, I haven't paid much attention to the flowers aging process. I've kept one or another peace lily for years, so I know all about how they dry out and lose leaves.
My current one just put out some blooms now, since I brought it home to better humidity and watering (too dry at work) and it dropped pollen, and now the hoods are still white, and spadix green or beige. I guess I will leave them as long as the hood (spathe) looks fresh.

Yours developed those flowers while at the nursery. Don't be alarmed if it takes a rest after these all age, and you have no flowers for a while.. Keep it in one light situation, let it adapt to that, don't let it dry to wilting. Cut off any really yellow leaves that may happen.
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WillC
Mar 15, 2018 12:02 PM CST
Sally has answered most of your questions. Peace Lilies never get pruned, but dead flowers and leaf tissue can be trimmed off at any time to make the plant look better.

After leaves emerge, gravity gradually pulls them down a bit and that is normal. Wilting is a different matter. It is best to water just as or before the leaves start to wilt. Observe your plant and you will soon learn how often that is. If leaves are allowed to wilt repeatedly, then they won't perk up quite as much as before.

As long as our Peace Lily is healthy and growing vigorously, it is okay to fertilize it at half-strength once per month.
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pallavi
Mar 15, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Thank you Sally and Will. That helps a lot. Appreciate it. Sally, what I meant by wilted leaves was that when I first bought it , all leaves were erect and facing upwards. After I let it droop a couple of times before watering , some of the leaves seem curved and facing downwards and some are upright . So I d go with your expert opinion that it's not abnormal and continue to look after the plant as suggested.

Could you please help me with my query with the snake plant too ? It's on the following thread

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plantladylin
Mar 15, 2018 4:36 PM CST
i pallavi, Welcome!

You've received good tips from Sally regarding care of your lovely Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum)
As has been stated, they don't ever need pruning, just tidying up and removal of any old, aging leaves and spathe stems every now and again is all that is required.

Here's a photo I took showing the different stages of blooms from one of my Peace Lilies. Some people leave the blooms until they are totally dead before removing them but I cut the stems off as close to the base of the plant as soon as they begin to turn green because I don't care for the look as they age.

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