Schila
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Pot Size to repot Peace Lily

I'm sorry but I know that I have gone through this over and over again. I was looking at the pots that I have to repot my Peace Lily and I have a 6" and an 8" . I did put the 4" pot where the Peace Lily is right now inside the 6" and all I have left on the side is just one of my fingers. I see it as I'm not doing much of a difference by going from 4" to 6". Please take a look at the pictures and let me know if 8" is just too big
Please take a look at the pictures and tell me if 8" is just to big to go from 4"
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I would use the 6" pot, myself.

There are a couple of things to consider with container-grown plants. One is how well you will be able to control the amount of moisture in the soil. That can be difficult with a small plant in a large pot, because the top layer of soil can get very dry, while the lower part remains very wet. That can cause the roots to rot.

Another thing is that many plants won't bloom until the roots begin to fill the pot, so the top growth just sits there unchanged while they're busily growing roots.

Last but not least, it's good to repot a plant every year or so, to provide fresh nutrient-rich soil. Salts can build up in soil in a container, and repotting is a way to dilute the concentration of salts.

But Spatgiphyllum is quite forgiving, so it will probably be able to survive in the larger pot. :)
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Photos repotting

Ok, so finally after reading here and there I repotted my Peace Lily. I haven't water this peace lily for a week and when I loose her from the container where it was the soil felt like I had just water it. I guess this could be one of the reasons why the leaves were just turning yellow one after another. When I tried to loosen up the soil attached to the roots they were just falling in pieces.
Here are some pictures of the roots before washing them with water and after. I hope that with this repotting it will be back to be a nice peace lily.

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I'm sorry, but I don't understand what motivated you to wash all the soil off the roots. I sure hope it wasn't anything I wrote. :?

When a plant is being repotted, it's important to be gentle and disturb the roots as little as possible.

The reason the soil felt wet was because you were watering the plant too frequently, or something was interfering with the drainage. Either the soil was too heavy, or something was blocking the drainage holes, or all excess water wasn't allowed to drain off before the plant was returned to its drainage saucer or cache pot.

There are reasons for removing all the soil from a plant's roots, such as severe infestations of root aphids or some other soil-dwelling insect that feeds on a plant's roots. Overly wet soil is not -- IMO, anyway -- a sufficient reason to wash the roots clean.

I think it will be difficult to get soil back in between all those fine roots, without leaving any air pockets.

I do wish you the very best of luck with your repotting project. As I said, Spathiphyllums are pretty forgiving, so maybe your plant can survive this and thrive for you. :)
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Kisal:
No you didn't tell me to wash the roots. Others website suggested to wash them, that is why I decided to do it. In regards to the soil being wet I Don't know why because i have been watering this plant the Same way for almost 2 years. It was in the last 2 weeks that started to get " sick". I hope It survives the repotting. So far It looks better than before. Lets cross our fingers. :wink:
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