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Before I get into making my own seed starting mixture there are a few things I have to do regarding my houseplants! When I can’t work outside in the garden I tend to focus on my houseplants and take care of them. I’ve already transplanted my orchids and my aloe but one plant still to take care of is my peace lily.

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My peace lily before repotting.

Many people have a peace lily (spathuphyllum tango) in their home; it is very easy to care for and produces wonderful flowers. They thrive in indirect bright light. They like heavy watering but also like to dry out in between watering. Do keep pets and children away from this plant, as it is one of the many poisonous houseplants. Although they prefer a more compact root ball every other year or so I divide the plant, which seems to keep it pretty happy. When the active growth slows down or the leaves become smaller it is time to repot. My plant is flowering less and less and it is extremely crowded so I know it’s time to re-pot.

Repotting is rather easy. You can divide the plant into a number of new plants; perhaps you have a friend you would like to share with?

First fill a slightly larger pot that has drainage holes halfway with potting soil. Choose a pot only slightly larger because the plants grow well in crowded conditions. Make a small space in the middle of the soil for the divided peace lily plant.

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I have a new pot ready, filled with potting soil.

Loosen the dirt around the roots of the peace lily. Use a gardening spade to loosen the soil, and then carefully lift the plant out of the container. You can also tilt the container on its side and squeeze on it to loosen the soil from the container. I gently pull the plant out of the pot over some newspaper, usually in the garage.  Today it was too cold for such a project in the garage so I made a huge mess over a sheet on my kitchen floor. When you start pulling the plant apart you will realize it is made up of many plants. You could actually put each plant in it’s own pot! After separating the plant I set aside the ones that will get re-potted. Rinse the dirt off the roots and run the roots of the plant under cool water.

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You can see the many baby plants.

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My peace lily is really root bound.










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Separating the plants I want to repot.

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Selected plants ready for a root washing.









Place the peace lily in the new container. Fill it with potting soil, and pack it down around the roots. Water the peace lily to keep the soil moist. I usually give the leaves a wipe with a damp cloth as well. I now have two plants and a pile of discarded plants for my compost pile!

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In a few weeks this plant will start to fill out again.

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Repotted peace lily.


Once my peace lily is re-potted I can now focus on our spring vegetable garden. I have placed my seed order and as soon as my seeds come in I will be starting certain varieties inside. I look forward to having my kitchen filled with baby seedlings, a sure sign that spring is coming!

10 comments on “My Garden – Repotting a Peace Lily

Elizabeth on July 24, 2015 6:57 pm

My step brother passed away last September and step dad and mother brought a big peace lily home. The leaves have started to have brown tips and a few have turned yellow. I have soil and a larger pot, also few smaller ones. Can I repot now? Should I divide it or just repot? Thank you.

Nancy Wolff on July 24, 2015 7:12 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. One of the reasons the leaves may be turning brown on the tips is from over watering.Peace Lilies don’t like to be really wet but they also don’t want to dry completely out! I usually wait until my Peace Lily is really compact before trying to divide it and repot. Is your plant pot bound? If not I would just keep an eye on how often it is watered. You can also pull off the leaves that turn yellow and die. Hope this helps.

holly on October 27, 2015 4:27 pm

I have a peace lily that is in a 20″ diameter pot and I have no idea HOW to separate and repot, or if I should. I would like to send a picture of it so I can get the best advice.

Nancy Wolff on October 27, 2015 10:13 pm

I would be glad to look at your peace lily and give you advice!

Ella Brown on November 19, 2015 5:20 pm

Hi Nancy,
I got a Peace Lily when my grandmother passed away 3 years ago and I struggle to keep it going. right now the plants appear to be about 4 vines with the traditional plant on the end. What do I do? should I add more dirt to cover the vines? cut the vine at the soil line so it will sprout? All help is appreciated.
Ella Brown

Nancy Wolff on November 19, 2015 9:07 pm

Do you have cell phone? Can you take a picture of the plant and send it to me? I will send you an email. I’d be concerned if you cut off the vine at the soil line that it might not sprout!

Erin on December 8, 2015 2:33 pm

My cat has completely destroyed my peace lily that I got from my grandfather’s funeral. Can I snap a pic and send it to you for advice on how to get it back?

Nancy Wolff on December 8, 2015 3:42 pm

By all means send me a photo, hopefully the roots are still intact and the plant can be resurrected!

Allison on December 24, 2015 3:29 pm

Hi Nancy
I received a Peace Lily from my grandma’s service back in February. It looked great at the time
I repotted it into a larger pot over the summer, and since then the leaves have been turning brown/yellow and dying off. I took it into a local nursery and found out I had repotted it too low and covered up too much of the top with soil. It was repotted again, and I was sent home with a liquid fertilizer to add to the water
The plant is still not doing well, and I feel awful for letting it get this bad
I think I need to repot it yet again back into a small container with more drainage holes in the bottom
Just wanted to check to see if you recommended a certain brand of potting soil to use that would help bring this plant back from almost death!
Thanks so much in advance

Nancy Wolff on December 24, 2015 7:27 pm

I often use the potting mix that has miracle grow in it. Don’t give up on your Peace Lily yet, they are pretty resistant, if you transplant it again and give it some time it should do ok. The leaves do die back, just cut them off and new ones should appear.

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