How to Successfully Repot a Root Bound Peace Lily in 3 Simple Steps

How to Successfully Repot a Root Bound Peace Lily in 3 Simple Steps

If your peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is looking a bit sad and its growth has slowed down, it may be time to consider repotting. One common issue with peace lilies is root binding, where the roots start circling around the edge of the pot. This can cause decline in the overall health of the plant and make it more difficult for it to thrive.

The first sign of a root bound peace lily is when you see roots poking out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Another indicator is if the plant dries out quickly after watering, as the roots have taken up most of the available space in the potting mix. If your peace lily has been in the same pot for several years and hasn’t grown much, it’s a good indication that it needs to be repotted.

When repotting a root bound peace lily, it’s important to choose the right size pot. A pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter and has drainage holes is the best choice. Before repotting, prepare a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter. You can either purchase a premixed potting soil or make your own mix using equal parts peat moss, perlite, and compost. This will provide the peace lily with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Now, let’s get started with the three easy steps for repotting a root bound peace lily:

  1. Loosen the root ball: Carefully remove the peace lily from its current pot and gently loosen the root ball with your fingers. Be sure to remove any loose or dead roots as well.
  2. Prepare the new pot: Fill the new pot with a layer of potting mix. The depth should be enough to support the root ball of the peace lily, leaving about an inch of space at the top for watering. Make sure the pot has adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.
  3. Replant the peace lily: Place the loosened root ball of the peace lily in the center of the new pot and fill in the sides with more potting mix. Press down gently to secure the plant in place. Water the peace lily thoroughly after repotting to settle the soil. Keep the plant in a spot where it will receive bright, indirect sunlight and water it when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

By following these simple instructions, your root bound peace lily will have a new lease on life. Remember to repot your peace lily every 1-2 years to prevent root binding and ensure its continued health and growth. With a little care and attention, your peace lily will thrive and bring beauty to your home.

“There’s a reason why peace lilies are such popular houseplants – they are beautiful, easy to care for, and can improve the air quality in your home. But just like any other plant, they need some attention and care to keep them healthy and happy.”


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Repotting a Root Bound Peace Lily 3 Easy Steps for Success

Repotting a root bound peace lily is a simple process that can greatly improve the health and growth of your plant. Root bound simply means that the roots have grown too large for the current pot, causing them to become tangled and overcrowded.

If your peace lily is showing signs of being root bound, such as wilting or stunted growth, it’s time to give it some room to grow. Here are three easy steps to ensure success when repotting your peace lily:

Step 1: Choose the right pot and soil

When choosing a new pot, look for one that is slightly larger than the current size of the root ball. A pot with drainage holes is also recommended to ensure that water drains well and doesn’t cause root rot. For the soil, it’s best to use a well-drained potting mix specifically made for houseplants.

Step 2: Prepare the plant and pot

Before repotting, water your peace lily thoroughly to ease the removal of the root ball from the current pot. Carefully remove the plant from its pot, gently loosening any tightly packed soil and untangling any roots that may be circling the root ball. If there are any dead or damaged roots, trim them off with clean scissors.

Step 3: Repot and water

Place a layer of fresh potting mix at the bottom of the new pot, then carefully position the peace lily in the center. Fill in any gaps around the sides with more potting mix, making sure to leave about an inch of space between the soil and the top of the pot. Gently press down on the soil to remove any air pockets. After repotting, give your peace lily a thorough watering and place it in a spot with bright, indirect light.

Remember to always water your repotted peace lily when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can cause root rot and kill the plant, while underwatering can cause wilting and poor health. With these simple steps, your peace lily will have the space it needs to thrive and will continue to brighten your home for years to come.


These repotting tips apply to most houseplants, so if you have other plants that are showing signs of being root bound, they will benefit from the same care.


When your peace lily starts showing visible signs of decline, it’s time to consider repotting it. A peace lily may become root bound when its roots have outgrown the current pot, causing its health to decline. Repotting can help to revive the plant and promote healthy growth.

Here are the steps to repot a peace lily that is root bound:

Step 1: Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current pot, as the peace lily only needs a little extra space to thrive. Make sure the new pot has drainage holes to ensure well-drained soil.
Step 2: Carefully remove the peace lily from its current pot. Loosen the roots by gently massaging the root ball with your fingers. Be careful not to break or damage the roots.
Step 3: Place a layer of fresh, well-drained soil at the bottom of the new pot. Position the peace lily in the center and fill the remaining space with more soil. Pat the soil gently to secure the plant and eliminate any air pockets.

Note: Always use well-drained soil when repotting a peace lily. This will prevent waterlogged soil, which can cause root rot and ultimately harm the plant’s health.

Repotting a root bound peace lily is a simple yet important task for maintaining the plant’s long-term health. By following these steps, you can help your peace lily thrive for years to come.

1 Remove from the pot and loosen the root ball

When repotting a root-bound peace lily, the first step is to carefully remove it from the pot. This can be done by gently tipping the pot on its side and sliding the plant out, supporting the base of the stems with your hand. If the plant is too firmly stuck in the pot, you can gently tap the sides or bottom of the pot to loosen it.

Once the plant is out of the pot, the next step is to loosen the root ball. This is important because a root-bound peace lily has roots that have grown in a circular pattern, causing them to become tightly packed. Loosening the root ball will help promote healthy root growth and prevent the roots from becoming restricted in the new container.

To loosen the root ball, use your fingers or a small gardening tool to gently tease apart the roots. Be careful not to pull or tear them. Start from the bottom and work your way up, making sure to loosen the sides as well. This will help the roots spread out easily into the new potting mix. If there are any visible circling roots, you can also gently trim them with a clean pair of scissors.

After the root ball has been loosened, you can also use this opportunity to divide the plant if it has grown too large. Simply separate the plant into smaller clumps, making sure each clump has enough roots and foliage to survive on its own. This will not only prevent overcrowding, but it will also give you the opportunity to have multiple peace lilies for other areas of your home.

Once the root ball has been loosened and any necessary divisions have been made, it’s time to choose a new container for your repotted peace lily. Consider a pot that is one size larger than the previous one, with drainage holes for excess water. Fill the bottom of the pot with a well-drained potting mix, making sure to leave enough room for the root ball.

Place the loosened root ball in the center of the pot, making sure it’s positioned at the same depth it was in the previous pot. Fill in the gaps around the root ball with more potting mix, gently pressing it down to secure the plant. It’s important to not pack the soil too tightly as this can hinder root growth and drainage. Once the plant is in its new container, water it thoroughly and place it in a location that receives bright, indirect light.

By following these three easy steps, you can successfully repot a root-bound peace lily, promoting its health and long-term success in your home.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.