Houseplants forum: My not so peaceful Peace Lily

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Mcturpin
Apr 27, 2018 7:46 AM CST
Hey there -

I'm trying to keep my Peace Lily in the land of the living and need some serious help. Grumbling

I received her a year and a half ago as a gift. In recent months her once spry and jovial-self began to wilt and turn colors at the tips. Last week, after much researching I repotted her for the first time. In my humble opinion, the repotting was a success Crossing Fingers! . Her color became much deeper again and her stems are so much stronger. But she still looks so darn..."droopy".

Last Year:
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And now:
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I'm not ready to throw in the towel on her. Any advice?

Also note, she's a bit on the larger side of peace lilies. The original care instructions called for watering every 5-7 days. But I have to water her every other day just to keep her from wilting! When I've tried to go longer without watering, the soil feels dry to the touch and she's laid out across the floor and yellowing at the tips again.

Disclaimer: I am very much a beginner with plants. But I'm sure you've gathered that by now :-)

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Christine
Apr 27, 2018 9:23 AM CST
PL like moist soil,the minute mine starts to wilt I know I forgot to water her. Yours could be in a bit of transplant shock which is normal. What type of soil did you use? Other member's will give more advice.

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WillC
Apr 27, 2018 9:35 AM CST
The instructions you received may have been generally correct, but misleading. Plants should not be watered by a rigid predetermined schedule.

Ideally, a Peace Lily should be watered just as or before it starts to wilt. Wilting is already an indication that it needs water. Although this plant will perk up again after a thorough watering, repeated wilting will cause the leaves to droop more permanently and cause brown leaf tips and leaf yellowing.

The repotting was unnecessary and as Christine pointed out, your plant may now also be reacting to the repotting that you did.

Observe your plant carefully and you will see just how soon it starts to wilt after a thorough waterings. Be careful because if you go the other way and keep the soil constantly wet, then the roots will slowly rot and then the plant will completely collapse.

Make sure your Peace Lily is no more than 4-6 feet from a sunny window and very close to a north window.
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sallyg
Apr 27, 2018 6:23 PM CST
I have messed with smaller peace lilies for years. I used to repot them by ripping them all apart, now learned they really hate that. Once Will told us that, my experienced made more sense, as I had decimated the roots and there wasn't much there to drink water.
So, along with the watering advice, be aware that if you loosened the roots, or the new soil isn't transferring water to the old, the plant may not be absorbing water as well. Also, many sad plants have taught me that what I THOUGHT was going on down under, is not always so. If you left the root ball intact, it wont hurt to slip it up out of the pot and see if it is actually moist down under as you think, or has the bottom dried but the top few inches fools you into thinking it is well watered.
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Mcturpin
Apr 27, 2018 9:19 PM CST
Thanks so much, everyone!

Christine - I'm using Miracle Gro Indoor Plant Soil.

Will - Wow, so much good advice. I think I also need to learn what constitutes as a "good watering" I've always feared overwatering, which could be another issue in itself.

Sally - I kept the root ball intact. So hopefully I haven't caused too much irreversible harm. Crossing Fingers!

I shifted the plant to an area where there is more light and she has begun to perk up considerably.

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Christine
Apr 28, 2018 6:19 AM CST
Mcturpin, I've used MG potting soil for years and I've never had any issues, Will advice's using peat and perlite so from now on that's what I'l be using. I'm glad she's already perking up. You've been given great advice, I love this forum because of all the knowledgeable people Thumbs up
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WillC
Apr 28, 2018 6:54 AM CST
McTurpin - You are justifiably concerned about overwatering as that is a common reason for plant failure. What is not commonly understood is that when a plant is moved prematurely into a larger pot, it is the excess soil that retains moisture for too long that is the cause of the root suffocation. Overt watering gets the blame, but it is usually the unnecessary repotting that is the problem. Plants kept in their original plastic nursery pots are much easier to water and less vulnerable to overwatering.

Your Peace Lily is an outlier in terms of its water requirements - needing more water than most. So be careful not to apply its water requirements to other plants.
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