The Q&A Archives: Division Of Peace Lily

Question: I have a two- year-old peace lily that needs to be divided and repotted. It hasn't bloomed this year; how often will they bloom? What is the safest method of division?

Answer: The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) should be repotted every year. At this time it is easily divided by simply cutting apart divisions. When dividing mine, I remove it from the pot, and slice it down the middle (or into quarters, depending on the size) fromthe base of the stems down through the roots with a sharp knife. Here are some general care tips for you: This plant needs to be kept evenly moist, but not too wet. It thrives in indirect light, they can get some direct sunlight but should not be left in the bright sun all day. In fact, one of their best features is that they don't require lots of sun, and so are common office plants. If it's in a particularly dark spot, try moving it to where it gets a little more light. A brighter spot might also help stimulate it to flower. Unfortunately, peace lilies are often hesitant to flower once they are brought indoors, they get "pouty" when taken away from their pampered point of origin in a warm, humid greenhouse. Mine flowers only sporadically, and when it does it is in the spring. Keep your peace lily out of drafts, cool or warm, and mist the leaves frequently. Fertilize with a general houseplant fertilizer April through August being careful to follow application instructions.

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