There are always a few “problem child” plants in any sizeable plant collection and mine is no exception.
Three plants come to mind as I am thinking of which plants are currently giving me issues, but I think I’ll focus on just the one for now. It’s been giving me trouble for quite a while.
Peace Lily ‘Silver Streak’ (Spathiphyllum wallisi ‘Silver Streak’)
It’s all brown edges and brown tips with this plant. Which is a real shame because the leaves on this plant are velvet smooth and the stripe of silver that runs the length of the midrib is actually reflective. Reflective! The leaves are stunning…on a healthy plant.
My plant is less than healthy.
I believe that this plant is dealing with a few problems. First, I do believe that this plant may be a bit too rootbound. In fact, when I purchased this plant last year, it was already slightly rootbound. You may know from my videos or blogs that I like to keep many of my plants on the rootbound side so I didn’t choose to repot at the time. Now that the plant seems to be declining in health, I think it’s time to repot.
Another problem for this poor Peace lily is the extremely low humidity that is happening in my home. I live in Eastern Ohio and we are currently in the middle of a cold snap. We’ve been dealing with some of the lowest humidity that I’ve ever experienced in many years of growing houseplants. Back in the day when I only grew succulents, super low humidity would have been a non-issue. But the majority of the plants that I grow now are tropical and do not appreciate the low humidity. This Peace lily has brown tips at the end of every single leaf.
(Oddly, my Spathiphyllum ‘Silver Streak’ is sitting right next to another Peace Lily variety that has not reacted at all to the low humidity. That Peace lily is called Spathiphyllum ‘Platinum Mist’ and is, not surprisingly, my favorite Peace lily cultivar.)
So…what am I going to do with this poor plant baby?
I’ll repot immediately. I’m thinking about planting it in Lechuza pon since Peace lilies are such thirsty plants. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
Increasing humidity will be simple enough too. I need to find space for this plant in my greenhouse cabinet or buy some sort of cloche until this weird low pressure system moves on.
Thankfully, those were simple fixes for a plant that I really do enjoy. Or, I will enjoy keeping it once it looks happy again.
Thanks so much for reading, my friends. Leave me a comment below if you’d like to see a follow up blog about my Peace lily ‘Silver Streak’. Or comment with any other blog topics that you’d like to read.
Take care and be safe.
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3 thoughts on “Peace Lily Silver Streak – Personality Conflict Episode 1”
As I was reading your article the first thing that popped into my head was pon!!! Then at the end you already thought of that suggestion! So your on the right track. If you can move plant right next to humidifier, that would help! Good luck 👍 Michele
So sorry such a unique and beautiful plant is having problems. Your solutions sound like they will work and do please give us updates, that’s how I learn!! Over here in TN our weather has been up and down all fall and winter and currently the cold front has come our way. Hope all solutions work for you.
Hi Carol! Thanks for your good wishes. I hope things work out with this plant also. I really enjoy having it and I’d hate to lose it. Stay warm!