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Bnbteach
Apr 30, 2018 7:13 PM CST
I recieved a peace lily at my uncle's funeral. 😢 The funeral was on April 14, 2018. The plant was green and healthy but the roots were sticking out of the holes on the bottom so I replanted it. (I used potting soil. The pot has draining holes and is not sitting in water.) Shortly after the leaves started to yellow. I picked a few of them especially the small ones but now big ones are turning yellow as well. This plant is very important to me and I could really use some advise.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 30, 2018 7:36 PM CST
I'm sorry you have to deal with this at this difficult time. The presence of roots coming out of drain holes is not a sufficient reason to repot a plant. I don't know the details of how you went about the replanting, but there is a good chance that some of the important roots hairs were damaged and the plant is now reacting to that.

It's also possible that the Peace Lily had not been properly cared for just prior to the funeral and it is reacting to that, but that is less likely.

Remove the soil you added to the top of the original rootball. Patiently wait until the remaining healthy leaves start to wilt just a bit (not a lot). Then, water it lightly and see how long it goes before it starts to wilt a bit once again. That will tell you how much water it requires and how often. The danger right now is that the excess soil you added may suffocate the roots, so be sure that it dries almost to the point of wilting before you water.

Whether or not it recovers will probably depend on how much damage was done during the repotting.

Remove any leaves as they yellow as they will not recover. Keep the plant in a warm location close to a window but out of the direct rays of the sun. Be patient as recovery will be slow, at best.
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Alabama
Bnbteach
May 1, 2018 1:12 PM CST
So I should take out of the pot?
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WillC
May 1, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Probably not wise to repot it once again. Possibly if the original rootball is completely intact, but I suspect it is not.
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Alabama
Bnbteach
May 27, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Update: it's still yellowing and now the other one is yellowing.
1st Plant
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2nd Plant

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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
May 27, 2018 9:36 PM CST
So sorry you are going through this. If worse comes to worse, perhaps you could take the Lilly flower and dry it with paper towels on both sides of it and put it inside a heavy book perhaps with another book on top of that to dry it and keep it forever.

I have hope for your plant. Just my opinion. There are still a lot of green leaves on it. Like the others said try not to overwater it.

I wish you luck!! 🍀

Mindi
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WillC
May 28, 2018 6:38 AM CST
They will continue to lose some of their older leaves. In part, that is normal and, in part, it is still reacting to the root damage done during repotting. Cut off yellow leaves as they start to yellow. Focus on new leaf growth as those are the future of your plants. If the new leaves are coming in healthy, then you are on the right track.

One thing I neglected to mention previously was light. Make sure your Peace Lilies are close to a moderately sunny window, but just beyond the reach of the sun's direct rays. Good light and warm temps can help cure a lot of plant ills.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 28, 2018 8:04 AM CST
The plant was probably totally pampered preparing to show off at your Uncle's Funeral. They have shined up her leaves and gave it the best environment to look her best for your Uncle;s loved ones. Unfortunately, it is hard to copy that perfect environment once it arrives at it's new home. I find Peace Lily to be a slightly moody plant. It puts when it goes into a new pot, new or different lighting, lower humidity, too much/too little water, etc. No doubt your plant will recover. As moody as she is, she lovves to show off! She may just need some time to mourn as you do.
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tarev
May 28, 2018 8:40 AM CST
Hello Bnbteach, just remove all the yellowing/brown leaves. To me it looks more like the older leaves, and it usually does that and it may be wilting due to the shock it received during repot time. Give it time to adjust. Don't be tempted to overwater, your container is glazed so it will hold the water a little longer. I do see new leaf growth on your plant, so it is slowly fighting.

Your plant looks stressed, but it will recover. As to how long, just depends on our ambient conditions there.

I have learned to leave alone this plant, but still being mindful of its watering needs.

I love sharing this file photo of my badly almost looking dead Peace Lily years ago, to help new growers understand how resilient this plant can be:

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So just be patient! Your area may even have better humidity conditions than we do. Smiling

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