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How To Split A Peace Lily
Learning how to split a Peace Lily is the easiest and most effective way of creating more plants out of your one beautiful Peace Lily. Peace Lily propagation is not done through taking a cutting of your plant and if you take a cutting you will just kill that section of the plant. But don’t worry as you can propagate your Peace Lily through division instead and it’s very easy to do.
When To Split A Peace Lily
It’s not only important to learn how to split a Peace Lily but also when to do it. It’s better to wait until the growing season so your new plant has enough time to establish itself in its new pot before the winter comes and growth slows down, which means you should probably split your Peace Lily during the spring or summer.
It’s a good idea to split your plant when you notice the plant becoming root bound or if it looks like it’s bursting out of its pot. You can also split your plant when you notice segments growing up from the soil that are separate from the mother plant. When to split your Peace Lily may depend upon your plant needing more space and it being necessary or you simply want to create more plants. Whatever has prompted you to do this division, make sure you wait until the growing season and you know what you’re doing.
Peace Lily Division
When it comes down to the actual division, it’s pretty easy to do. First you’ll want to gently ease your plant out of its pot. Don’t just grab the foliage and pull as this can damage your plant. Instead put the pot on its side and try to loosen the soil by gently kneeding the pot. As you do this the plant should loosen and it should be easy to pull it out.
Once you’ve pulled your Peace Lily out of its pot it’s time to see what you’re working with. If your plant isn’t root bound then it should be fairly easy to separate the segments. Look for shoots of plant that are separate from the central section and work at gently pulling them away from the other sections. Be careful to break as few roots as possible, especially the larger ones, though you may lose a few in the process. If the plant is root bound then you may need to cut sections from the root ball using a sharp sterile knife.
You can choose to separate as few or as many sections as you like. Once you have your new sections it’s time to repot your plants. Firstly make sure the pots you’re using have drainage holes as you’ll be watering your Peace Lilies fairly often and it’s important. Next you want you to be sure you use the right potting mix. You want a well draining mix. Try adding perlite to your soil for aeration.
Once you’ve potted your segments place them in a medium to bright indirect light spot and watch them grow. They may take a while to flower and you may not see their beautiful white blooms for the first year but don’t worry, this should come, your plants may just need a bit of extra time to adjust to their new homes.
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