Repotting peace lily – Step by Step Guide

The peace lily is not only one of the most beautiful plants one can have in their home garden but also a plant that can be easily maintained. These plants add dimension to rooms they are placed in. This article goes into details about repotting peace lily. It also looks at other factors that play a role in the repotting process.

Repotting peace lily? In most cases, the Peace lily can be repotted in spring. This is beneficial for the plant as the new soil helps revitalize it. While the plant grows it may get too big for the pot it is in, this makes it imperative to repot the plant. The peace lily is also repotted while propagating it. This is done by splitting the plant into two from the root.

How to repot peace lily plant?

When it comes to repotting peace lily, the process is fairly straightforward. We have put together a step-to-step guide on what needs to be done.

Before repotting the peace lily plant, it is important to have a fair idea of what you want to do with the plant. You ideally have two options:

  1. You repot the plant as it is. Which means that the only change you make is the pot. This could mean either using the same potting mix, adding potting mix to the existing mix, or changing the potting mix altogether.
  2. The second option you have is propagating the plant. This means that the plant will be divided into 2 or more plants that will need to planted in separate planters.

Whatever the case here are the steps you need to follow while repotting a peace lily

repotting peace lily
repotting peace lily

Step-1: Get all that you require

Have you ever been in a situation where you set out to do something and realize that you do not have half the things you require? 

Horrible right?

This precisely is the reason why you need to plan ahead. So, the first step when it comes to repotting a peace lily is getting all the required material. May it be bigger planters for plants that have outgrown their own or small planters for pups. Make sure you get planters beforehand.

Another thing you will require is a good quality potting mix. Make sure the potting mix is one that retains moisture as these plants like soil that is fairly moist. Though the plant likes to be kept moist it is not a fan of soggy soil. So, look for a mix that has a perfect balance.

If the potting mix does not come with a water retention agent you can add in some coco peat or choir and that should work just fine.

Step-2: Sterilize equipment

When it comes to working with plants, there is always a possibility that you will require scissors or pruners. This need not be the case every time but more often than not you will need to cut back a few leaves or cut roots that are not doing so well.

For these, you require sharp scissors or pruners. Apart from these equipment being sharp they also need to be disinfected to avoid the spread of disease and fungus. Hence, as a rule of thumb always sterilize equipment before use.

Step-3: Bind leaves of the plant

Some may consider this an unnecessary step but I find it particularly helpful when it comes to plants with bigger leaves like those of the peace lily.

Take a string and tie it loosely around the plant, in a way that it binds the leaves of the plant, bringing them closer to the step.

This step is done so that the leaves are not all over the place while you work with the plant. It also helps get a better grip of the stem while you pull it out of the planter or soil.

Step-4: Loosen the soil

As you water the plant, the soil starts to tighten around the roots of the plant as they anchor themselves to stabilize the plant. This makes it difficult to pull out the plant. For this, before you start to tug at the plant all you need to do is loosen the soil a bit.

This can be done by either inserting a twig or other tools in the planter. You could also do this by hand if you are not worried about dirtying your hands.

Once the soil is loose, it will be easier to get the plant out.

Caution: Try to be gentle while loosening the soil as you could damage roots with sharp equipment. 

Step-5: Remove the plant from the planter

When the soil is loose, it becomes easier to pull out the plant from the planter. For this all you need to do is

  1. Hold the plant firmly by the stem (with the leaves bound it will be fairly easy)
  2. Tug the plant in a gentle but firm manner (and the soil loosened you will be able to get the plant out of the planter in no time)

Step-6: Dust of excess soil

Before repotting peace lily plant, it is important to dust the excess soil from the roots. This helps in giving you a clear look at the roots of the plant which will aid in the next process.

Step-7: Inspect the roots

You may be simply repotting a peace lily plant so that it has a bigger planter, or you are doing it to propagate. Whatever the reason, it is important to inspect the roots of the plant. 

You are looking for roots that are black dark brown or mushy. It may so happen that the roots look fine but there is a pungent odor. In such cases, it is important to cut off the damaged roots before repotting the plant. This avoids root rot and other root diseases. 

Step-8: Repotting

Once you are satisfied by the roots and have checked for damage on the bottom half of the plant, it’s time to pot it. For this here is what needs to be done

  1. Clean the container, look for insects, fungus, or other abnormalities.
  2. After you have inspected the pot fill one-fourth of the pot with potting mix.
  3. Now place the plant in the pot
  4. Holding the plant in one hand top the pot up with a potting mix. (be sure to cove all sides)
  5. Tap down the soil on the surface.
  6. Now water the plant so that the roots anchor themselves to the soil and also so that the soil becomes a little hard and tough.

The process is a little different when it comes to propagated peace lilies. Let’s explore that as well

Repotting propagated lilies

While repotting pups that are to be used for propagation here are the steps you will need to follow 

Step 1 Get all that you require through Step 6 Dust of excess soil will remain the same as the previous section:

how to repot a peace lily
how to repot a peace lily

Identify pups

When it comes to propagating peace lily it is important to look for the right chunks to replant. This includes those that have enough leaves and also healthy roots.

Separating pups

To separate pups, all you need to do is either cut them off using sharp scissors or a knife. You can alternatively pull them apart by hand. Either way, it is important to make a clean cut to avoid infection in the plant. 

Plant or repot pups

The potting process of the pups remains the same as the previous section. Where you prepare the pot and then pour in a fourth of potting mix place the plant, top It up and secure the plant. 

In this way, you can repot a peace lily without much effort.

The next section will focus on a few questions that netizens have when it comes to repotting peace lily 

What kind of potting soil do peace lilies need?

Peace lilies love a potting mix that is light and well-draining. This being said it also needs a mix that will retain a little moisture. Look for an all-purpose potting mix, most commercial brands work well for this plant.

A good example of a potting mix that works well for this plant would be 

One part loam to one part peat moss to one part sand – this works well as it is light enough, well-draining and at the same time retains a bit of moisture which is needed for the growth of the plant. 

How do you revive a dying peace lily?

There are a number of reasons your peace lily might be dying, this includes plant disease, root rot, insufficient or too much watering, over-fertilization, too much or too little light, to name a few. 

Whatever the case when you see your plant dying you can same it or at least most of it by repotting the plant. While doing so follow the steps mentioned in the previous section. Be sure to change the soil and use fresh soil while repotting a dead plant, you can also cut off all the dead leaves and roots that are doing nothing for the plant.

How do I know when my peace lily needs repotting?

How do I know when my peace lily needs repotting? The peace lily is a plant that is forgiving and low on maintenance. It is ok with a little overcrowding and crammed up roots. This being said if you notice that your plant is wilting more often or of you begin to notice roots sticking out of either the top or the bottom of the planter. Or if it’s time to propagate the plant. It’s indicative of the fact that the plants require repotting.

how to repot peace lily
how to repot peace lily

Peace lily dying after repotting

The most common problem that people face when it comes to repotting peace lily is that the plant starts to droop after its repotted. This is completely normal.

When you repot the plant, it goes in a start of a shock for a while. All you need to do is give it time to adjust to its new home. All will be fine in a few days.

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In Conclusion

As mentioned in this article repotting peace lilies is a task that is not complicated. Simply follow the steps mentioned and you are good to go. I hope you get an idea on how to repot a peace lily.