Spathiphyllum Peace Lily-millipede looking worm in the soil

Lany1027July 22, 2014

Hi all! Need your help! Just a month agao I bought this beautiful Spathiphyllum plant which is inside the house. I was aware of the care for the plant so i have been watering once a week. Lately I am seeing these little worm in the soil only. they look like small millipedes. Does anyone know what it could be? I am worried. Do I need to re pot it with new soil? never seen this before. I have mini peace lily plants at home and those are ok. Any suggestions ideas?

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dellis326 (Danny)

Millipeds mostly eat other bugs. Leave them or remove them as you find them, I wouldn't repot it unless it's really creeping you out but repotting probably won't hurt the plant any either. I had a corn plant with millipedes at a former job for a few years. It didn't effect the plant at all. I dumped the soil out when I brought the plant home though.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:37PM
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Lany1027

Dellis326 thank you so.much. I don't see tones of them but once in a while. I'll try to.post a pic

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:27PM
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Lany1027

Of what they look like and the plant itself. Worried I think it look droopy now

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:30PM
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Lany1027

One of the flowers is turning brown. Leaves are OK. Does it need more water. I'm trying not to over do it

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:32PM
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lauraeli_

It needs to be in a pot with a drainage hole. Spathiphyllums need a lot of water and are sensitive to the salts that build up in the soil. If there is no drainage, the salts will build up for sure.

It is in the beginning stage of wilt in this picture- first sign is the flowers wilting. I feel the flowers on mine to know when to water.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 6:41PM
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Lany1027

I watered it some; i don't think i watered it enough when I did. here are some more pics; the flower and the little millipedes or little worm in the soil.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:39PM
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Lany1027

my plant. leave are all green

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:43PM
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Lany1027

there is dranaige; a hole underneath the pot. should i water it that it drains out some?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:45PM
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lauraeli_

Yes, you should water it until water comes out the bottom. Do that every time and it should flush out the salts and prevent build up. If the flowers are wilting, it needs water. They should stand straight up. Give it a good soak.

If the soil is soggy and it is still wilting, it is a root problem.

A good tip for spathiphyllum- use bottled water or rain water. They dont like the chemicals in the tap water.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 10:34PM
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Lany1027

Thanks it's seems I water it but it doesn't drain. what could it be?
Should I be concerned abiut the little millipede in the pic i added before?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:26PM
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Lany1027

@lauraeli
lauraeli Yes I got it to drain. I moved the soil around in the pot and it worked. finger crossed!!!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:41PM
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flowerpottipper

Millipedes eat plant material, Centipedes eat bugs, i have no idea what type of bug that is, but if they're millipedes you need to get them out. I've raised giant millipedes before as pets and they ate plant-type things. Centipedes are venomous and are carnivores. And while millipedes are usually pretty harmless (unable to bite or anything) the larger ones can secrete this icky bright orange stuff from their sides that they use as a defense mechanism against predators (but you dont have yo worry about that since those are so tiny.)

I hope someone else can figure out what they are, sorry I cant.

Carmen

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 1:32AM
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Lany1027

What type of soil is good for Spathiphyllum - Peace lily?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 8:42AM
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lauraeli_

The millipedes are probably not an issue.

When I say 'water until it comes out the bottom' I mean pour enough water in there that it drains out. If it doesnt drain, you arent using enough water when you water it.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 8:06PM
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Lany1027

I was thinking of re potting it because of the millipides. I read somewhere that they feed of the rotting roots. My concern now is are the roots dying? How can I tell if they are rotting? How do I clean them without disturbing them?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:25AM
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Lany1027

this is another one..

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:26AM
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lauraeli_

IF your roots are rotting, they will feed off them. Otherwise, they will just feed off the organic material in the potting mix. Again, not a big deal. They are just hanging out in there because it is moist, and they die very quickly without moisture. If it really bothers you a lot, dump a ton of water in there until the soil floods, and they will crawl out of the soil to breathe (please, wait until your next watering to do this). Then you can just pick them out. Might want to do this in the bath tub. Repotting is not going to do anything about the millipedes, unless you remove the soil from the roots which will do more harm than good.

Here is how you can check the condition of your roots. Question 1. Does the plant (after wilting) perk up after watering? If yes, go to next question. If no- your roots are in trouble. Question 2. Does the plant wilt before the potting mix has dried? If yes, your roots MAY be in trouble. If no- your roots are fine.

However- this is a spathiphyllum. IMO it would be hard to rot the roots via overwatering. Peace lilies adapt to your watering schedule. The only thing that really damages the roots on one, is over-fertilizing and salt build-up. Or a machete.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 12:29AM
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Lany1027

Lauraeli thanks for all your help. This is first time I owe one of these this big. I usually have the smaller peace lilies. I never had this issue with any plant.
After I watered it Tuesday last week it perked up. I'll check today to see if the dirt is a bit dry; i see the plant is wilting a bit. I think my problem was before that I was not watering it enough. Another concerni have too is that maybe is not as straight up as it should be. I'll post a pic after I water it again.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 3:06PM
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lauraeli_

A little more information for you- I neglected to water my large spathiphyllum for a bit longer than it likes (it was calculated neglect, I didnt forget about it), and it looked exactly like yours. Wilting flowers, and one turned brown like yours. So, keep up the watering :-) peace lilies love water!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:15PM
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Lany1027

Lauraeli your awesome! Thanks I need to understand how to take care of my plant. I'll continue watering it. The plant is up for water tomorrow. I'll take it outside to dump alot of water in it and see how is does and bring it back in the house. for the last two days I haven't seen the milipedes. Maybe they die (Hopefully!). I am letting the plant dry enough. Fingers crossed. I have three new leaves coming and another flower on the way. The last thing I want to do is mess with the root. Would it be ok to change the soil without disturbing the root or shoudl I just let it be for the time being?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 11:17AM
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Vance2804ibr(8a)

Lany if you are considering repotting it I would recommend you looking at the following thread. Al is an expert on container soils and will help you a lot. I've never had millipedes, but I have had trouble with overwatering my pl. I have 5 pl now and have repotted them using Al's soil mixture, 5-1-1, they are really thriving. Here's the thread

Here is a link that might be useful: Container Soils - Water Movement and Retention XX

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 3:33PM
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Vance2804ibr(8a)

Here's another thread on this forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Good Growing Practices - An Overview for Beginners

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 3:43PM
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lauraeli_

Wow I didnt know you could over-water a peace lily! The happiest one I had was watered every day. Though I wouldnt recommend that for all growing conditions.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:25AM
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stewartsjon

I'm interested by this thread because we just did a huge installation of Spaths in troughs and the soil has these little white fast-moving bugs in them. I'm guessing mine are some kind of thrip, but don't seem to be harming the plants.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:01AM
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lauraeli_

Springtails. Feed off decaying matter. Like wet conditions. Not harmful to the plant.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:30PM
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Lany1027

Now I have the millipedes in a different plant that I bought at a different store; it's a Dracaena fragrans;
corn plant . I had a friend water my plant while i was away; could she have over wattered it? Could it be the soil?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 10:40AM
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Lany1027

i changed the soil on both. I even saw some earth worms in the dirt. I am ok with them outside but not inside the house. Some of the millipedes were getting to the roots of the peace lily. Fingers crossed. Hopefully this works if not I might have to get rid of them... :-( I also rinsed the roots just in case.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:01PM
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