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30/04/2012 at 10:04

Morning everybody -

I bought a peace lily at a jumble sale and was advised to water very lightly only when the leaves start to droop.

I am very parsimonious with the amount of water I give it but the leaves are still going yellow.  I water from the top - maybe I should water from the bottom?

Where am I going wrong?

Thanks,

Una.

30/04/2012 at 10:12

Have you checked the drainage hole -it might be blocked -take the plant out of the pot -if it is sodden -there is you answer.

If not come back.

30/04/2012 at 10:14

I'm fairly certain it's not but will check.  But I never give it enough water to get as far as the bottom of the pot - just a tiny amount to make the leaves perk up again.

30/04/2012 at 10:34

I water my houseplants well but remove  any water that has collected in the bottom of the outer pot. Then I don't water again until the plant wilts a bit or the pot feels light and the compost dry on top  Maybe the roots aren't getting enough water

Pam x

30/04/2012 at 10:41

Pam - Maybe you've hit the nail on the head!  I only give it a teaspoon or two - that's what I was advised to do - but it's very likely that the roots aren't getting any!

I normally water houseplants your way so I'll try it with the peace lily - it'll be either kill or cure but it doesn't look very happy so it's worth a try.

Thanks,

Una.

30/04/2012 at 11:18

I have 2 peace Lilly's and have had them for about 8 years and for some reason they are not thriving at all, the leaves are dying on the tips up to about 1inch into the leaf and they just look very sad! Maybe they have had thier day! May be a silly question but do they have a life span?

Yvonne

30/04/2012 at 17:24

yellowing leaves - could it also be lack of feed? or maybe dry air? 

i have one of these, it's ok as long as it is in indirect light, leaves look healthy - But no flowers!!!  Help!!

01/05/2012 at 09:46

Well - I took Pam's advice and gave the lily a thorough watering last night, making sure there wasn't any water standing in the outside pot.

It looked happier this morning - just have to wait now to see if there's any sign of yellowing.

02/05/2012 at 13:52

It was looking good this morning - perked up a lot and no sign yet of any yellowing.

Una.

02/05/2012 at 17:35

Yvonne, regarding lifespan my then boss sent my wife one of these (mature and in flower) when our first child was born 19 years ago. It's still going strong and flowering today. I don't think my BH does anything special with it. It probably doesn't get watered very often, gets the odd dust and is kept by a West facing patio door. I think as long as you don't let it get frosted you shouldn't have any problems.

02/05/2012 at 17:57

I have a peace lily that ive had for years & it's beautiful.  Firstly make sure it isn't pot-bound.  I keep mine well watered as it doesn't like drying out, and once the leaves go brown it's not nice.  From time to time I've over-watered & it's ended up sitting in water, but it's taken no harm, but it's not good to let it sit in water.  For my money it likes more water than less.  Mine has 3 flower spikes at present & the leaves are lovely & glossy.

02/05/2012 at 21:19

I don't let my peace lillies get too dry.  I put water in the tray under the pot and go back a little later to check that they have taken it all up.  If there is any left I pour it away.  I started off with one plant but now have lots because they are so easy to split up.  If you tip one out of its pot you can see all the separate little plants and can gently tease them apart.

04/05/2012 at 09:55

Another progress report from me - after the good watering the other day mine still looks more perky than it used to and there's no sign of the leaves yellowing.  The original advice I was given about caring for it was obviously wrong, so I'm very glad i put the query on here and got all these nice helpful replies.  Thanks everybody - next step is to wait for it to flower........fingers crossed!

Should I feed it with Growmore or something to try to promote flowering?

04/05/2012 at 11:28

I've been fostering a colleague's office Peace Lily while she's been on long term sick leave - I rescued it after I found it in her office looking poorly with yellowing leaves.  I cut off all the yellow leaves, scraped off the compost from the top of the pot and added some fresh, gave it a good watering with some Baby Bio in the water (dosage as per bottle), cleaned the leaves with some leaf wipes and continued to monitor it.  As my colleague was away her office blinds had been closed so I made a point of opening them in the morning and closing them at night so that the lily had sufficient indirect light.  I was rewarded last week when said colleague returned to work to find her Peace Lily with the first bloom it's had for ages 

04/05/2012 at 15:02

I've got Baby Bio - I'll try that then!

Thanks,

Una.

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