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Name: Victoria
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Amadeo
May 21, 2016 3:40 PM CST
Hi, I want to repot my Peace Lilly,I have found some information about it in this article http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/peace-lily/peace...
,but it's still left me with some questions. It would be wonderful if someone could give me an appropriate advice please: In this article written that I need to use peat based compost with barks, perlite and loam. Should it be some particular peat based compost? And should I add the barks and the rest of stuff separately, and which exactly the kind of barks, and perlite do I need? I also don't really know what is loam, and should I use it necessary as well? And also, if I need to mix all of this separately then in which proportion should I do it? And I also heard that you need some stones on the bottom of the pot when repotting the Peace Lilly, I also would be interested to know how to do this! :)
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
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XiaoLong
May 21, 2016 6:27 PM CST
Hi Amadeo. Welcome to this wonderfull place. Where do you live ? You can complete your profile data so folks here can help and give advise better.

I dont know if peace lily need that many ingredients in their pot. I have about ten pots of peace lily and i only mix garden soil and compost mixture on 2:1 ratio when repotting them. And they look happy to me.

Some people say that they need to put some gravel or pieces of broken clay pot at the bottom of media to improve drainage. But i am not sure if it really work.

Thats my humble opinion. Wish other advance gardener here will give you better advise soon.

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tarev
May 21, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Hello Amadeo, I just use ordinary potting soil, and mix in some pumice or perlite just to help make the soil not go too compact in its container, otherwise the roots may suffocate when soil gets too compacted in the container. Typically I keep the media on the moist side, but not too soggy wet. Important consideration is that it is a low light plant, so bright light is okay, direct sun can burn its leaves. In my area I have to keep growing it just indoors by a window, since it gets too dry outdoors here, we have poor humidity., and our winters are mild but we do get too cold for it. So it stays indoors and thrives much better. As with all my indoor houseplants, I water early in the day and not at night.
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Horntoad
May 21, 2016 8:05 PM CST
I agree with Xiao and Tarev, don't over think it. I just use regular potting mix with mine and they have been doing fine for years. Just make sure it is a well draining mix. Peace Lilies like to be moist but not soggy.
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NJBob
May 21, 2016 8:34 PM CST
I agree Plain old potting soil has always done fine for me.
Name: Victoria
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Amadeo
May 22, 2016 5:59 AM CST
tarev said:Hello Amadeo, I just use ordinary potting soil, and mix in some pumice or perlite just to help make the soil not go too compact in its container, otherwise the roots may suffocate when soil gets too compacted in the container. Typically I keep the media on the moist side, but not too soggy wet. Important consideration is that it is a low light plant, so bright light is okay, direct sun can burn its leaves. In my area I have to keep growing it just indoors by a window, since it gets too dry outdoors here, we have poor humidity., and our winters are mild but we do get too cold for it. So it stays indoors and thrives much better. As with all my indoor houseplants, I water early in the day and not at night.


Hi Tarev, Thank You! for giving me advice!
Could you give me a proportion of how much perlite per how much of compost to mix, please? Smiling
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Name: Victoria
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Amadeo
May 22, 2016 6:02 AM CST
Horntoad said:I agree with Xiao and Tarev, don't over think it. I just use regular potting mix with mine and they have been doing fine for years. Just make sure it is a well draining mix. Peace Lilies like to be moist but not soggy.


Thank you Horntoad! Smiling When you say 'regular potting mix' - is it mean potting mix with peat or without? And I don't really know how to understand whether it's a good draining mix, should I just look for this information provided on the back of the compost bag?
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Name: Victoria
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Amadeo
May 22, 2016 6:08 AM CST
XiaoLong said:Hi Amadeo. Welcome to this wonderfull place. Where do you live ? You can complete your profile data so folks here can help and give advise better.

I dont know if peace lily need that many ingredients in their pot. I have about ten pots of peace lily and i only mix garden soil and compost mixture on 2:1 ratio when repotting them. And they look happy to me.

Some people say that they need to put some gravel or pieces of broken clay pot at the bottom of media to improve drainage. But i am not sure if it really work.

Thats my humble opinion. Wish other advance gardener here will give you better advise soon.



Hi XiaoLong, thank you for your advice! Smiling I'm from Kent in UK.
Can you explain what is a garden soil please? And why do you mix it with compost? There's so many different opinions from people, but it's nice to know them all for then to create your own one, so that you will finally come to the right decision! Thank You!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Hello Amadeo, to be honest I just guess estimate the amount of perlite or pumice to put in the regular potting soil, no uniform measure.
Name: Victoria
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Amadeo
May 23, 2016 2:45 PM CST
tarev said:Hello Amadeo, to be honest I just guess estimate the amount of perlite or pumice to put in the regular potting soil, no uniform measure.


Do you not know if I can use a sand instead? And which sand would be the best? Confused
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 23, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Sorry, I don't use sand.

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