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help.. my peace lily is dying!! :(

Posted by slimsugar none (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 24, 11 at 2:56

I have a peace lily that I think is dying. I need to know what I can do to help it thrive. I live in my house 4 days a week. The other days the heat is at 50 deg. I make sure I water it once a week before I leave. When I am home its at a comfortable temp.
I had to cut out a lot of the plant because it was all withered away, Some to the point that when I touched the stalk it came out and the bottom was slimy.

Some of the leaves the stalk is all withered down.

I added some potting soil and fertilizer to it on Sunday in hopes it will help it thrive a little.

A piece came out and the bottom was white (no roots) I repotted it and I hope it will root and grow but I am not sure because the stalk is withered at the bottom by the soil.

They're all in somewhat low sun areas but the bigger one is right in front of the heat. If I move it to the other side where there is no heat it will get less sun.

Please Help.. I miss my plants beauty!!

I'm not that great at posting pics in the forum.. Here's the link to all the pics I was trying to show above.

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RE: help.. my peace lily is dying!! :(

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 24, 11 at 16:46

Slim - 50* is too cold for your plant. Both photosynthesis and water usage slow to a near stop at temperatures that low, so it sounds like you're almost assuredly over-watering. Adding potting soil and fertilize are likely to have provided the impetus for the death knell. Covering the crown just improves the living conditions for the organisms that have already been at work rotting the stems, and the added fertilizer may well have simply added to a high level of salts probably already in the soil.

Most houseplants do best at temperatures above 60*, and 55* is about the lower limit for good growth/vitality for a variety of reasons. Most houseplants like a soil that drains freely - so freely that if you water to the point of saturation, with a good amount of the water applied moving through the soil and flushing accumulating salts out, the soil drains well enough that you don't need to be concerned about root rot.

We can talk about fertilization, watering technique, soil choice, light, and other important considerations, but I'm afraid this particular plant is probably in serious jeopardy.


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