How to Transplant a Peace Lily: Your Complete Guide

Peace lilies are popular houseplants, as they’re easy to grow and require low maintenance. Typically, you’ll need to move your peace lily to a bigger pot every three years. So, you might be thinking, how to transplant a peace lily?

First, you’ll need to get a larger pot and a suitable potting mix. Second, you’ll need to remove the plant from its pot by grabbing it at the base. Then, you can get rid of any damaged or diseased roots. After that, you can place it in the new pot.

Do you want to find out more? In today’s article, we’ll guide you through the process step by step to repot your peace lily. Let’s get right into it.

Peace Lily

How to Transplant a Peace Lily

Peace lily, also known as the Spathe plant or Spathiphyllum, needs to be transplanted into a larger pot every two to three years.

While repotting your plant, you can also propagate it, since you’ll be taking it out of the original pot anyway. That means you can divide your peace lily into new baby plants.

Taking your plant out of its pot is a stressful situation for it. So, if you’re planning to propagate your Spathiphyllum anytime soon, this is a good chance to do so.

The Materials You’ll Need

Before we start with the repotting process, it’s best if you gather all the tools and materials you’ll need.

Suitable Pot(s)

When it comes to pots, you can pick any material you prefer. However, they must have good draining.

Ideally, you want to choose a pot that’s around two inches larger in diameter than your old one. Picking a pot that’s bigger than that can take up a large amount of soil, which in turn can lead to excess water retention.

On the other hand, if you’re dividing your Spathiphyllum, you’ll need a smaller pot to suit the size of your new baby plants. You’ll need a pot for each section you divide from the mother plant.

You can check the crowns in your peace lily to know how many plants you divide it into. Each crown can grow to form a new plant. The fewer divisions you make, the healthier the new plants will be.

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Picking the right type of soil is crucial to your peace lily’s health. You can use a suitable potting soil of your choice, or you can make your own soil mix.

You need to look for a potting mix with texture, like the ones that include coir, perlite, loam, or peat moss. Horticultural charcoal, conifer bark, pumice, and coconut coir are also good options for your soil mix.

The soil mix I use for my peace lilies consists of two parts potting soil, with one part of both perlite and coconut coir. You can replace the coconut coir with any other component you have at hand.

Scissors or Sharp Knife

Sometimes, the plant can get stuck in the pot. You can easily remove it by circling a knife around the inside of the pot.

Additionally, when propagating your plant, roots can get tangled and need a cut. More importantly, you need to clean the knife or the scissors thoroughly before using them.

Transplanting Your Peace Lily

After gathering the materials you need, you can proceed with the following steps to transplant your peace lily:

1.    Removing the Peace Lily

You might think that removing the peace lily from its pot is a hassle, but it’s actually easy.

First, cover your working surface with an old newspaper or a plastic sheet to keep it clean. Second, grab your Spathiphyllum and hold it at the base firmly.

After that, start yanking the plant gently without applying too much pressure, as it can damage the plant. If your plant is stuck in the pot, there are many ways to get it out.

For starters, you can tap the side of the pot while leaning it downward. You can also flip the plant upside down and tap the base of the pot. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can simply run the knife along the inside of the pot to free the peace lily.

2.    Inspecting the Roots

After removing the plant, shake off the soil around the roots. This is a good chance to inspect the roots and remove any damaged ones.

Additionally, it’s essential to check for any signs of disease or root rot.

3.    Dividing the Peace lily (Optional)

You can skip this step if you’re not planning to propagate your plant. However, you can take this chance to divide your peace lily into two or more plants.

You can do that by simply identifying the crowns of your plant, which are basically clumps where the roots meet the leaves. Then, you can separate the plant at the crown part. Each part must contain some leaves, a crown, and roots.

If the roots are tangled, you can cut them with a sharp knife or scissors, but make sure that the main root stays intact.

4.    Repotting the Plant(s)

Repotting material

Grab the new pot and add a layer of soil to it. Then, place your plant in the center of the pot and fill it up to the soil line.

Apply gentle pressure on the soil to secure the peace lily in place and get rid of any air pockets.

When to Transplant Your Peace Lily Into a New Pot

While you can repot your peace lily pretty much any time of year, it’s best if you do it in spring. The plant can recover quicker during the spring and summer periods.

More importantly, repotting is very stressful for peace lilies. Therefore, you only need to transplant it only when necessary.

Typically, you’ll need to repot your Spathiphyllum once every two to three years, or when it shows any of the following signs:

Outgrowing the Pot

If you notice that the roots of your peace lily are growing out of the drainage holes, that means that your Spathiphyllum needs a bigger pot.

In other cases, you can see the roots emerging at the surface of the soil. This situation is stressful for the plant.

It can cause many issues, as your plant probably won’t be able to absorb enough water.

The Soil Dries Out Quickly

As your plant grows, it needs more water. Additionally, the growing roots can take up space in the soil. This can lead to increased water consumption and quick draining.

Therefore, the soil will dry out much quicker, as it can no longer retain moisture.

Dehydration and Discoloration of the Leaves

As a result of inadequate water retention, your plant may suffer from dehydration. Moreover, you can see some leaves turning brown or yellow.

However, this can happen due to other reasons, which include underwatering and lack of nutrition.

Taking Care of Your Peace Lily After Transplantation

Transplanting peace lily

Your plant can suffer from transplantation stress. As a result, you can see the leaves of your peace lily turning yellow and drooping down. However, this is normal, and your plant should bounce back.

To help your plant recover, you need to provide it with all its needs. For starters, Spathiphyllum plants love heat and high humidity.

You can use a humidifier to make sure your peace lily is getting all the humidity it needs to bounce back.

More importantly, they love moisture. So, it’s essential to check the moisture of the soil daily, when the first inch feels somewhat dry to the touch, it’s time you water your peace lily.

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So, how to transplant a peace lily?

The process is simple, and any beginner can do it. First, you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to divide your plant or not. Then, you can prepare the pot and soil. After that, grab your peace lily and remove it from the pot.

This is a good chance to examine the roots and remove any damaged ones. Finally, plant your peace lily in the new pot. Good luck transplanting your lovely peace lily!