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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!

24 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.

Kellie on March 17, 2016 6:10 pm


I have adopted a plant because I am the new receptionist at my job. I have never taken care of a peace lily before. The leaves are turning brown in spots on the edges and the roots are showing. It is in a 13.9in diameter X 10.75in height pot. I don’t think that it is too big for the pot maybe just needs to be repotted. I did find out that it doesn’t like direct sunlight. It sits on my desk by a window that has a shade down all the time so I don’t think that is the cause. I don’t over water it, if anything I might be under watering it. The plant is important to the company and I would like for it not to die on me. If you can help me with this that would be great. Thank you in advance.

Nancy Wolff on March 17, 2016 10:57 pm

I have sent you a private email with some information which I hope will help you!
– Nancy

Lauren Gangaware on April 3, 2016 1:35 am

My boyfriend and I received a peace lily form his mothers funeral. Neither one of u have a green thumb. The tips of some of the leaves are turning brown and drying up. I usually cut them off. I water about once a week but sorry it will start to droop by water day. I’m also thinking I should repot it. And advice or info would be helpful. This pant is very important to us. Please help!

Nancy Wolff on April 4, 2016 12:32 pm

I would re-pot your peace lily first and then maybe start watering every six days instead of once a week. Perhaps where you have the plant is drying it out quicker. In the winter when our wood stove is burning our home is very dry and I have to remember to water my plants more often!

Sandy on April 3, 2016 12:02 pm

Should I be fertilizing a peace lily? I have one thst is over 10 years old. It was from an employee who died. Our office was bought out and no one wanted to take it. I am not the plant person but I couldn’t stand to see it die. We call this plant Cheryl. So I am going to separate and repot it. I read where you said to use potting soil with fertilizer. Is that the only tip I need?

Nancy Wolff on April 4, 2016 12:30 pm

Sandy, I am very bad at fertilizing my inside plants which is why I like to use a potting soil that has some nutrients in it.

Christi on April 8, 2016 10:33 pm

I am really struggling with my Peace Lily I have had it since Dec.12,2012, T(the day my fiance and I were suppose to be married but instead laid him to rest that day) it really hasn’t gotten much bigger it only bloomed right after I got it and not since. I re potted in with Miracle grow soil last week and it seems not very happy with that. The tips are brown and the leaves are turning yellow… PLEASE help. I have to keep this alive!!

Nancy Wolff on April 9, 2016 10:27 pm

I hope you received my email! Please let me know how your lily is doing in another week or so!

Christi on April 9, 2016 11:47 pm

Yes, I did thank you!! I sent you a reply only a couple moments ago, thank you for your help!!

Nancy Wolff on April 10, 2016 11:14 am

Thanks I will look for your email!

Vernell Williams on May 17, 2016 2:01 pm

Hi! I had my Peace Lilly for about three years now. The leaves are beginning to wither and the tips are turning brown. It has been in the same pot for the past three years. What should I do?

Nancy Wolff on May 17, 2016 2:06 pm

It sounds like your peace lily may need to be transplanted. Of it may be that it just got over watered? You can always cut off the leaves that the tips are turning yellow (cut at the base) and look for signs of new growth. Make sure the plant is not in direct light too. They like bright light but not direct sun. Hope this helps!

pat on May 24, 2016 1:45 pm

Nancy I separated and transplanted my peace lily 2weeks ago and it has not recovered . One plant is drooping and has not been recovering. The mother plant was looking pretty good and then the last few days some of the leaves are turning yellow and the plant is beginning to droop. one of the other transplants is doing well. I don’t know if the yellowing is from over or under watering. I appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you.

Nancy Wolff on May 24, 2016 2:26 pm

Pat, sometimes it does take a while for a Peace Lily to recover from a transplanting. Look for signs of new growth. Is the soil wet or damp? You can remove the yellow leaves as long as the plant still has some other leaves. It sorties takes several weeks for a plant to perk up and start growing again after being transplanted.

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