How to Propagate Peace Lily?

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Peace lilies are stunning tropical houseplants with dark green foliage and beautiful white flowers. They make perfect gifts, because they are not only pleasing to the eye, but they are also very easy to grow.

You can keep peace lilies in the same pot for some years, but sooner or later you will need to propagate them and repot.

Dividing your plant is the only effective way to propagate your peace lilies and luckily, it doesn’t even take much time or effort to do it.

Peace Lily Propagation by Division

In this article, I am going to cover the steps you should follow to propagate your peace lily by division.

Keep reading to find out how to divide your peace lily and how to get the best out of the newly separated plants.

Things you will need

Before you start the propagation process, make sure you have some necessary items prepared. Here’s a short list of the things you will need:

  • A sharp knife or a pruning shears
  • Containers for repotting
  • Good quality potting soil, preferably peat based potting soil
  • Water (if the potting soil is not already moist, you will need to water your plant after propagation)
  • Newspaper or some clothing to keep the area clean
  • A healthy Peace Lily with crowns

Steps to follow

Now let’s see the steps of propagating your peace lily by division:

– Check your peace lily to find the crowns

Before you do anything, the most important step is to make sure your plant is matured enough to be propagated. You can check this by finding the crowns you can use to separate the mother plant into sections.

Depending on the size of your plant, you can divide it into two, three or even more sections.

– Remove your plant from the pot

Once you have a healthy plant with crowns to separate, it’s time to take the mother plant out of its pot. Try to do this gently, by leaning the pot to the side.

Grip the foliage and start getting it out from the present pot. In case you notice that your plant is stuck inside, tap the side of the pot and slowly rock it out. You can also use a fork or any other similar tool to lift the rhizome out the soil gently.

– Divide your plant

When dividing your peace lily, take a crown section from the mother plant by hand or cut the rhizomes into sections with a sanitized sharp knife or pruning shears. Many cases you won’t need any tools, but this also depends on the age of the plant.

Make sure that the separated crown has two or more leaves. Also, check if they have roots attached. In order to be able to propagate your peace lily successfully, having crowns with healthy roots is more than necessary.

– Check and prepare

After you separated the little sections from the mother plant, you will have to prepare them for placing into a new pot. As you could see mentioned above, each divided section should have a healthy root. Here is a quick checklist of all the things you should focus on when preparing your Peace Lily for potting:

  • Check the roots and foliage
  • Remove all loose parts, rhizome portions that look diseased or damaged
  • Remove any roots and leaves that have brown tips
  • Leave 100% healthy-looking plumb portions

– Prepare the pot

When it comes to preparing the pot, keep in mind that you need one container for each rhizome division. Try to find pots that are similar in size to the previous pot of the mother plant. To be more precise, a four inch pot is a suitable size to repot the divided sections into.

Fill the container with high-quality potting soil mixt. Peace lilies enjoy well-drained soil, especially peat based potting soil.

– Place the new plants into pots

The next step is placing the little divisions into their new container already filled by moits potting soil. Plant each rhizome division below the surface of the potting mixture.

– Water your plant (optional)

As you can see, watering the plant after propagation is optional, depending on how moist the potting mixture is. If the soil is dry, water it thoroughly. In case the soil is already moist, you don’t need to water it.

– Aftercare

Peace lilies enjoy bright light, so place your newly divided plants in a warm place with indirect sunlight. They also appreciate a good watering, so make sure their soil is always moist and well-drained.

Another important step is feeding your plant with good-quality fertilizer once a month. However, after propagation, it is recommended to wait for 2 months before you fertilize your Peace lilies.

Peace Lily Propagation Tips

Alongside the steps mentioned above, here are some useful tips you can follow to make sure the propagation will be indeed successful:

  • Peace lilies usually flower during the springtime, but in some cases, especially when they are grown indoors, they can produce blossoms any time of the year. Never divide your plant during the flowering period, always schedule the propagation just before or right after your plant blooms.
  • When watering your lilies, make sure you use room-temperature water.
  • In case you want to divide your plant outdoors, try to find overcast days to do the propagation work. This way the newly divided lilies will have time to absorb moisture from the soil.

How long does it take for new plants to grow?

Peace lilies are not too fast-growing plants, they are the most active during the spring and summer. It takes around 3-5 years to grow out their current pot, after that you can repot them again and size up their container.

Should I fertilize my Peace Lily?

Peace lily performs amazingly if it is fed regularly with high-quality fertilizer. You can feed your plant once a month or in every 6 weeks to keep it healthy and help it reach its full potential.

How to make your Peace Lily grow faster?

In case you want to encourage the growth of your plant, you can fertilize it with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.

Being tropical plants, peace lilies also appreciate warm indirect sunlight and well-drained soil, so if you want to make your plant grow faster, focus on these little things and you will surely be rewarded by stunning blossoms and faster growth.

Updated: August 31, 2020

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