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Peace Lily HELP!

A few weeks ago my peace lily got soil mites. To get rid of these I totally removed any soil from the roots and then submerged the pant under water so that the mites would be removed. Then I re-potted and now my lily looks like its in some serious pain. I think the mites did a pretty good job of destroying its roots. Usually I water it when the soils dry but now the plant doesn't spring back up if I water it, it just remains wilting. I've had the plant for 5 years and this may sound sad but I don't want to give up on it. Can anyone diagnose if its terminal or if its just recovering?



  • I'm never clear what people are talking about when they refer to soil mites.  There are all sorts of tiny things that live in soil/compost - most are beneficial. 

    What did your 'soil mites' look like and how were they harming your plant?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Basically little white bugs, they were basically breaking my plant down into compost and they have really damaged the roots. The soil and leaves started to go moldy aswell.

  • It could be a mealy bug infestation - you can get proprietary treatments from the garden centre - but I've a feeling that your Peace LIly may be past recovery - it certainly looks it.  Sorry.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057

    unless it has massive sentimental quality, I'd get rid and buy another.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    And keep it away from sunlight.
  • Oh no, that looks really poorly. I agree with Hosta. Get a new one. Unless thee are soil nematodes for that particular pest, which you could water in, but it looks like it may be a bit too late...

  • Also, overwatering can kill them. They actually like it quite dry, with regular misting of leaves, but never sitting in water. They can go a long time without water actually. And as welsh says, our of sunlight, better in bright area away from direct heat sources. Like a good feed too.

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