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Q.My Peace Lily Is Healthy But The Spathes Are Green And It’s A Bit Spindly

Zone Leeds, West Yorkshire | Anonymous added on September 12, 2021 | Answered

The spathes on my Peace Lily have turned green. I recently purchased it and it was really pot-bound so yesterday I re-potted it and this morning it’s perked up and looks really healthy. I’ve moved it to the middle of my room so it doesn’t get as much direct light. Should I leave the green spathes alone or should I cut them off and hope new white ones will grow. Also whilst it does look healthy it has a lot of leaves and spathes, it seems to be a bit spindly. I wondered why this was and do you think, as I’ve re-potted it and moved it that this will solve the problem?

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Answered on September 23, 2021

This happens for two reasons, usually.

One is that the plant is getting too much light. These are shade plants, and will prefer quite a bit of shade, at that.

The other is overfeeding. Too much nitrogen will have a similar effect as too much light... It will trigger photosynthesis in the spathes.

Here is an article that will offer some insight:


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