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Joyce27-Nov-01 11:04 AM EST 5   
Wil Creed27-Nov-01 03:23 PM EST   
28-Nov-01 11:21 AM EST   
Jim Tiffin02-Dec-01 11:55 AM EST 6a   
Will Creed03-Dec-01 08:56 PM EST   

From: Joyce
Zone: 5
Date: 27-Nov-01 11:04 AM EST

Recently purchased this house plant - spathipyllum (Viscount) . Directions said overwatering was a common error. I transplanted it as it was much bigger than the pot I had purchased it in. It wilted severly and the white flower now has black mark around the edge of the petal. I watered it and the plant was revived very quickly but now do I pinch off the white pedal or do you leave the flowers on and they naturally take their coarse and drop off? Also I read to remove the dead leaves - do you pinch them off at the base? Would appreciate suggestions from other owners of this plant.

From: Wil Creed
Date: 27-Nov-01 03:23 PM EST

Spathiphyllum (commonly called peace lily) wilts dramatically when the soil gets just a bit too dry. Although it will perk up shortly after watering, allowing it to wilt usually precipitates premture browning of flowers and yellowing of leaves.

Spent flowers do not drop off on their own. Cut them off - where the flower stem emerges from the leaf stem - whenever they are no longer attractive.

Discolored leaves should be cut off at the base of the stem just above the soil.

Although this plant can be overwatered, it tolerates constantly moist soil better than just about any potted plant. Repotting often contributes to overwatering, so be careful that you avoid this. BTW, most potted plants do best when quite potbound and fare poorly when overpotted.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Will Creed, Horticulturist Horticultural Help, NYC

P.S. You may be interested in my website at and my Indoor Plant Bulletins that I publish monthly. The Bulletins contain lots of helpful facts and unusual tips for keeping house and office plants alive and well.

Date: 28-Nov-01 11:21 AM EST

Thank-you Mr. Creed for your prompt information on the peace lily. I tried to e-mail you but got a socket error so hope you see this note. I enjoyed your website. thanks again. Joyce

Subject: More Spathiphyllum questions
From: Jim Tiffin
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-Dec-01 11:55 AM EST

About 4 months ago, I bought a good sized spath and placed it in our living room. It has been growing great every since I put it there. It behaves just as its suppose to (weeps when it needs water, perks up after it gets its drink, etc).

Recently however, I've noticed that the edges of some of the leaves have turned orange or brown, and the tips have turned very brown and wilted. The center of the leaves look lush and green, but I'm concerned about the edges. Not all of the leaves have shown these symptoms.

Is there some thing I should do, or not do for the plant? Should I even be worried about it? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

From: Will Creed
Date: 03-Dec-01 08:56 PM EST

Jim - Many things can cause browning of leaf margins on peace lilies. Allowing it to dry to the wilt point is one of the causes. Try to water just before it starts to wilt.

Other causes include excess soil salts from fertilizer and hard water and too little light.

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