Spathiphyllum house-plant is sick

Monique Reed monique at
Fri Apr 27 16:13:18 EST 2001

You might also check that salts from tap water and plant food aren't
building up in the soil.  Next time you water, do it outdoors or over
the sink or tub--if the water coming out is yellow or brown, you will
have to flush the soil with running water until it comes out clear. 
Salt damage and overwatering can both sometimes 
mimic underwatering--in the first case the soil is so salty that the
plant can't pull water from it; in the second the roots can't function
because they don't have enough oxygen.

M. Reed

"I Don't Like Spam!" wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Apr 2001 20:22:50 GMT, "{AGUT}DRCray"
> <{AGUT}DRCray at> wrote:
> >I have a plant of the Spathiphyllum species.  I received it as a gift 2
> >years ago.  It only flowers occasionally - only one flower every other
> >month.  One lower leaf dies when a new leaf grows in.  The lower portion of
> >the plant plant is turning all yellow as if it is overwatered, and most of
> >the lower leaves have dry spots on the edges of the leaves as if the plant
> >is not watered enough.  The plant gets only indirect light and is watered
> >every other day.  I do not know how to feed the plant.  I've transpotted the
> >plant - however, it has not improved or worsened.
> >
> >Anyone know where I should be directed or what I should do?
> >
> It sounds like it is getting overwatered. Very few plants need to be
> watered every other day.

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