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blujeans1008
May 4, 2018 4:38 PM CST
Hello..

I was recently given a peace lily. its in an 10 inch pot.

i have started to notice that the leaves are starting to turning yellow, at the base of the plant and also something is eating the leaves and leaving a hook like shape on leaf. a couple of leaves have it. i will attach a photo of the leaves.

what do you recommend?

thanks in advance
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 4, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Your Peace Lily looks great and it is flowering nicely!

It is normal for some older, lower leaves to yellow and die back as new leaves are added on top. Just cut off any leaves as they start to yellow.

I see only one torn leaf in the photo. The leaves are thin and tear easily when handled. You can trim off the damaged portion so as to maintain the original contour of the leaf. No evidence of any pests or any other problems.

Keep up the good care!
Will Creed
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denver
blujeans1008
May 4, 2018 5:36 PM CST
so to cut off the part that looks eaten. can we just cut off straight across the leaf past the "eaten" part

thanks for your help..

does it look wilted at all?
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denver
blujeans1008
May 4, 2018 6:35 PM CST
another question. i have seen online that you can rinse all the dirt off and put it in a clear glass bowl of water.

I did that with a smaller one i have. can it be done also with this bigger one? i did find a 10 inch bowl online..
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 6, 2018 8:49 AM CST
When you trim the damaged leaf, use sharp scissors to cut so that the damaged portion is removed, but don't use a straight cut. To make it look better, trim the leaf so that the original oval contour is maintained. It's like trimming your fingernails. This trimming is only about aesthetics and not at all about the health of the plant. Just trim it (or not!) so that it looks good to you.

I don't see any unusual wilting in the photo you posted. Peace Lilies do wilt dramatically whenever the soil gets just bit too dry. Fortunately, they do perk up again several hours after they are watered.

Yes, you can rinse the soil and move it to a container of water. But why would you want to? It will take the plant a while to make the transition and you will lose some leaves in the process. In addition, it is likely that you have more than one plant growing in the soil. I just don't see any advantage to moving it to water.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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