Tips on Transplanting Your Peace Lily

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Lovely peace lily plants are often purchased and given as gifts, or divided and given away. After a while, the pot may become too crowded, giving the roots no room to grow except in a circular motion to fit the container. It is time to transplant your peace lily.

Loosening the Soil

You should always loosen the roots and rinse the dirt off of them. Since they tend to stay in a small pot for longer periods of time (in places like the grocery store or flower shop), the dirt probably doesn’t have anything left to offer the plant. When you replant a peace lily, put it in regular topsoil. Don’t add pot shards or rocks to the bottom, as this can actually inhibit the drainage, not help it.

Types of Pots

Peace lilies generally prefer a crowded space. They like to grow in big clusters and spill over the sides of the pot. They thrive in lower light, making them perfect for offices everywhere. Their roots are fibrous, so if dividing is necessary, you simply split the clump without snapping any of the roots.

Growing in Water

Peace lilies can grow in water. If you do this in a clear glass bowl or vase, the root system can be a great home for a brightly colored Betta fish. Not only does the fishy water and natural fish waste help to keep the roots healthy, but it looks pretty cool too, having a little fish swimming in and around the roots.

Whichever method you prefer, it’s best that you remember when to transplant your peace lily. Only attempt to divide the plant when it seems to be stunted in growth. If the leaves start turning brown or losing their shine and the modified flower leaf turns another color than its original one, it’s time to transplant it.