I have a gorgeous Peace Lily that was given to me about a year ago. I have just recently noticed (and it may have been there before) the brown area on some of the stems just before the leaf. I have no idea if this was always there or has just begun to show. Have you ever seen this before?
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This is most likely just the natural aging of the plant stems.
If the plant is healthy and growing, I would not worry about it.
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