Here’s How to Repot a Peace Lily {in 4 simple steps)

rootball of a potted plant

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Peace lilies are elegant houseplants that are widely available at many supermarkets and garden centers. They’re known for their gorgeous white flowers and dark green shiny leaves.

This tropical plant is the true definition of a “drama princess”.

Here’s how to repot a Peace Lily: Find a pot that’s 1-2 inches wider, remove your plant from the pot and dust off the old potting soil, place it into the new pot and fill it up with fresh potting mix, water it sufficiently and then place it in a shaded area.

If the proper “Peace Lily care” is not given to your plant, they can get a little temperamental when they’re not happy with the amount of attention they’re receiving. Too much love is as bad as not enough love in their eyes.

However, one thing that Peace Lilies are not as finicky about, is how rootbound they are. Even though these plants don’t mind being a little crowded in their pots, they are not shy in letting you know when they need a larger container.

Today I’ll be guiding you through the process of repotting your Peace Lily, as well as pointing out the factors that might suggest when your indoor plant needs repotting.

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How do I know if my Peace Lily needs repotting? 

An easy way to see if your plant needs a change of pot is to lift it up and look at the underside of the pot. If there are roots coming out of the drainage holes, your plant will need to be repotted as soon as possible. There should be soil protecting your roots at all times, and if there isn’t, it could compromise the health of your plant.

white peace lily with dark green foiliages

This is true also if the roots are beginning to emerge from the top of the soil. Unlike some plants that grow aerial roots above the surface of the soil, Peace Lily roots should remain safely in the soil at all times. If you see any poking out, it’s a good indication that your plant needs more space to grow. 

Having said that, Peace Lilies should be repotted before you even see the roots escaping the pot. Take the pot in your hands and lightly squeeze around it to loosen the soil enough that you can pull the plant from the pot. 

If the roots are tightly compacted so much that you can see more roots than soil, you should repot it when you get a free minute. If you leave a plant like this for too long, water could pool around the roots and cause the dreaded root rot. 

Another excellent time to repot a Peace Lily is when they have grown into a mature plant and are large enough to be divided into more plants.

While springtime is the best season to repot your Peace Lily, you shouldn’t wait too long once you know the roots overgrowing its pot.

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Your other best time to repot your rootbound plant is in late winter. Now that you know how to spot a root-bound Peace Lily in desperate need of a pot change, let’s look at how you’d go about doing just that.

Repotting plants will give you a never-ending supply of plants. Imagine having your place filled with nature? You’ll never have to venture outside again.

How to repot a Peace Lily

Step 1: Finding the right pot

You’ll need to choose a new slightly larger pot to transfer your Peace Lily into. The new pot should be 1 to 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot. We know that it’s tempting to opt for the largest pot possible so that you don’t have to repot again anytime soon, but this could kill your plant from shock. 

peace lily receiving indirect sunlight

Step 2: Preparing your Peace Lily

Water the Peace Lily a couple of hours before you plan on repotting it so that the roots can adjust to the new soil easier. Fill the new pot with two inches of fresh potting soil. Take your Peace Lily and take it out of its current pot. You might need to cut the plastic if the roots are reaching out of the drainage hole. 

Now that the plant is potless, you need to get as much of the old soil away from the root ball as possible. Poke your fingers slowly through the roots to push soil from between them. Be careful not to damage the roots, but if you do find one or two roots coming detached from the plant don’t worry about it too much.  

This is also an excellent opportunity to remove any browning leaves that your plant may have before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Introducing the new home

Once you’re happy that you’ve removed as much soil as you could from the root mass, place your Peace Lily inside the new pot. There should be around an inch of room from the roots to the side of the pot.

The top of the root ball should sit just beneath the edge of the new pot. If it sits too high or too low, adjust the amount of new potting mix that you put in the bottom of the pot. Once you’re happy with the positioning, fill the pot with new potting soil so that the roots are surrounded. 

Water the Peace Lily again so that the soil settles in all of the gaps and air pockets that may have formed in between the roots. Your Peace Lily has now been successfully repotted.

Step 4: Aftercare

You might be disgruntled to find that your Peace Lily is looking slightly wilted for the first couple of days after you’ve repotted it. Don’t worry, though, as we’ve already said that this plant is a drama princess. Keep it in the shade, where it can receive indirect light for a few days, and before you know it your Peace Lily will be back in its full glory.

peace lily plant by the window sill

And remember to never place your Peace Lily in direct sun. This will scorch their beauty and foliages.

We’d recommend not fertilizing your Peace Lily for a few months to allow it to properly settle into its new pot. Too much change too fast can freak a plant out and leave it susceptible to illness or death.

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Summary on How to Repot a Peace Lily

And there we have it, how to repot your Peace Lily. We hope that you’ve learned some valuable skills that you can use for both your Peace Lily and other plants. Remember that other plants will have their own needs when it comes to repotting, but the premise is almost always the same. 

Make sure not to choose a new pot too large for your Peace Lily. You can measure the diameter of any pot by running a tape measure across the thickest part of the pot and reading how many inches it is. 

When removing the soil from the root ball, use a steady hand to carefully loosen the roots. Some people find that using a pencil is easier than their fingers as it is thinner, but make sure that you don’t break the roots with a sharp tip.

Leaving some soil is fine (you’re not going to be able to get every single piece) but your plant will benefit most from fresh soil. 

Have fun repotting!

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