Peace Lily Repotting – Tips On Repotting A Peace Lily Plant
Repotting a peace lily plant is not difficult task. However, it requires some time and patience. There are many things that need to be done before repotting a peace lily plant. So let’s get started with repotting your peace lily!
1) Know Your Peace Lily Plants’ Spacing Requirements:
The first thing that needs to be done is to determine the exact spacing requirements of your plants. You will have to do this so that you don’t end up with too much or too little space between each plant. If you have a large area where there are lots of plants, then you may want to divide them into smaller areas. For example, if you have several small pots with one larger pot, then it would make sense to split the plants into smaller containers.
2) Determine Which Pot Should Be Used To Grow Your Peace Lily:
Next, choose which pot should be used for growing your peace lily plant. There are many different types of pots out there. The most common ones include plastic pot, clay pot, and others. The choice is up to you; however, make sure it has good drainage at the bottom. This is very important because peace lily plants do not like to have wet feet.
If you see that the drainage holes seem to be clogged up, then you may need to clean them out a bit.
3) Clean The New Pot Before Planting Your Peace Lily:
After choosing the pot for growing your peace lily plant, you will have to clean it. This is very important because if there is any dust or debris in the pot, then your peace lily may get root rot. To clean a pot, you can either wash it thoroughly with soap and water or just wipe it down with a paper towel or cloth. After cleaning your pot, you may want to rinse it off with some water to remove any soap residue.
4) Fill Your New Pot With The Right Soil Mixture For Your Peace Lily:
After choosing the pot and cleaning it off, you will have to fill it with the right soil mixture. Your local garden center should have a bag of good quality potting soil that is ready for use. Many stores sell special soil mixes that include fertilizer in them. These are great, but they can be a bit expensive. A cheaper alternative is to get a bag of good quality potting soil and then buy a package of slow-release fertilizer tablets (like 10-10-10).
Bury about 2-3 tablets in with your plant’s root ball, and that should provide enough nutrients for the first 6 months.
You don’t need to dig a hole and then fill it back up like you do for a regular garden. All you need to do is lightly fill the pot with soil.
5) Place Your Peace Lily Plant In The Pot:
Last but not least, place your peace lily plant in the pot. When placing it in the pot, make sure that the top of the root ball is level with the top of the pot. If the root ball is below the pot’s rim, add some soil. If the top of the root ball is above the pot’s rim, remove some soil. After placing your plant in the pot, lightly push and pat the soil around the root ball so there are no air pockets.
This can be difficult since the root ball is often rather large. Just do your best and don’t worry if the peace lily seems a little tilted or anything like that. Also, do not water your peace lily plant after placing it in the pot. If you add water at this point, you run the risk of undissolved fertilizer getting mixed in with the water and then being transported to the roots where it can burn them.
Now that your plant is planted, make sure it gets the following: A sunny location if possible, plenty of light, and a good liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks. Your new peace lily should begin growing soon and give you years of enjoyment. After the blooms start to fade, cut them off so that the plant’s energies will go into producing a beautiful lush new leafy plant for you to enjoy.
Caring For Your Peace Lily
After planting your beautiful peace lily, it will require some special care to keep it healthy and growing. Remember, the key to having a thriving peace lily is water, sunlight and fertilizer.
A sunny location is best. If your plant isn’t getting enough sunlight in the normal course of events, you can supplement its lighting by placing it within a few feet of a bright window. A little bit of sunlight is far better than none at all, so even if you’re only able to place your plant in a dim area, that’s much better than keeping it in total darkness.
Even though its common name suggests it, this plant actually does not like wet feet and does not do well in standing water. The best way to provide water to your plant is by placing it in a saucer filled with pebbles (keep the top of the root ball above the pebbles) and then pouring water into the saucer. Allow the water to drain through. You can also water your plant with a watering can or hose, but don’t use too much water (remember to only fill the saucer halfway).
Fertilize your peace lily every 2 weeks during its active growth period (generally spring and summer). The best way to do this is to mix some 10-10-10 fertilizer with water and then pour it around the root ball. You can also use a granular fertilizer. The package will indicate how much fertilizer to apply per gallon of water. You can also use an every-other-day slow-release fertilizer.
Be sure to read and follow the label directions.
This lily, like most others, does require repotting about every 3 years or so. You can either do this yourself or have it done at your local nursery. You can also simply replace the pot with a new one that is only slightly larger (usually a good idea anyway since this helps prevent root rot).
This plant is considered Zone 9 and will not survive outdoors in cold climates such as in most of the U.S.
No serious pests are attracted to this plant.
Peace lily plants are great gifts for housewarmings, farewells and even get-wells. They’re just about impossible to kill and they grow fairly quickly.
This plant is native to the Himalayas and was brought to the U.S. in the 1800’s. It wasn’t until after World War II that it became popular. In Buddhism, it is known as the “LILY OF NICE and is supposed to have originated in the spots where Buddha held one thousand peaceful meetings.
The name “SHEER JOY” came about when a houseplant catalog simply listed it as a “jungle lily” and customers kept mispronouncing that as “sheer joy.
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