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Warner Robins, GA
Mrsatallen
May 30, 2018 6:50 AM CST
Hello and thanks for any responses. My husband and I received a Peace Lily as a housewarming gift when we moved into our house in September of 2017. The Peace Lily (as I affectionately named her Lily) was beautiful when we first took her out of the Flowers.com box. I read the instructions that came with her and put her in a corner across from the window - about 6 feet away. After about a month she started to bloom. My husband and I left town for a week and came back and she was drooping a little... I watered her and she looked a little better after a while. What I didn't know was that I watered her in the morning before I left, my husband watered her before he left and our teenagers watered her before they left. About 2 weeks after this started, I noticed water sitting on top of the soil and she was drooping terribly. I asked everyone and that's when I found out everyone was watering her. I told them not to water her and let me handle it. I looked online and found this forum that said to take the flowers out of the water logged soil, rinse them off and replant them in different soil. I purchased Miracle-Gro and potting soil and replanted her. This was in February. Lily started perking up... Fast forward to this week. My husband and I went to PCB for our anniversary and the kids put Lily outside to "get some air" and it rained - a lot. We're in Middle GA where the weather is close to 90 during the day and she was outside during extreme heat and constant rain the entire time. I came home to a very brown, wilted and pot over filled with rain water Lily. I'm thinking her roots are dead so I uprooted her and rinsed the roots off hoping to replant again... Honestly there was really nothing left. The first picture is what came out of the dirt? The second picture are "roots" maybe that I dug around in the dirt and found. Is there any hope for Lily? What should I do?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2018 8:49 AM CST
I see some new white roots. So she might have a chance. 😀
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Warner Robins, GA
Mrsatallen
May 30, 2018 9:19 AM CST
OMG Philipwonel - thank you!!

What should I do at this point? How long do I let the roots dry out? Replant in new dirt? How big of a pot? Do I need some Root powder?

Please help!
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tarev
May 30, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Hello Mrsatallen, can you upload the photo of the actual plant, and not just the root remnants.

Typically this plant likes moist media, but not swimming in wet media. When you water, you have to visually see the water drain out, and ideally water early in the day not at night to avoid fungal issues.

Make sure your container have drain holes, no rocks blocking it and mix in pumice or perlite to help aid in drainage and allow air at root zone. Seeing the white roots on the 2nd photo, it suggests the plant will surely suffer transplant and root shock, so all the more be careful in watering. Position the plant indoors but near access to brigh light, no direct sun. You got to be patient, I would imagine the plant is in extreme stress and shock. But it is resilient, given time to recover in a warm area with bright light. No fertilizers at this point, it will just cause root/leaf burn.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2018 9:32 AM CST
If not sopping wet, replant now.
Smaller pots, new barely moistened soil. Water in a few days.
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