How to Propagate Healthy Peace Lily

Written by Ivy

Feb 15 2023

How to Propagate Healthy Peace Lily
Generally speaking, there are three ways to propagate Health Peace lily, but from the perspective of survival rate, we generally choose division propagation. And the division and seed propagation method for a healthy peace lily will be introduced below.

Choose the right time to propagate

How to Propagate Healthy Peace Lily
Peace Lily can be planted in spring and autumn. August ~ October is the best time! Lily is a bulbous herb of Lilium in Liliaceae. Its stems are straight and straight, its leaves are green, its flower shape is strange, its color is elegant, and it is very popular. In short, peace lily is planted from November to March. It can be potted or planted in the field. The potted plant needs to be buried with a thickness of about 7cm. The flowers fall behind the normal management until the leaves wither naturally, then stop water, put the basin in a ventilated and cool place, and take it out and replace it with new soil at the end of November. Read More: Why Is My Peace Lily Not Blooming

Material needed

  • A healthy grown peace lily plant with crowns
  • A knife or pruning shears
  • Newspapers or tarp to keep the area clean
  • Small pots
  • Potting soil
  • Water

How to Propagate Peace Lily 

 Division Propagation

  • Checking if your peace lily can be divided
Division propagation of peace lily is generally transplanted in autumn. After the corms of peace lily bloom in the first year, they need to grow for another two or three years, and they need to reproduce separately. The corms at the bottom of peace Lily will separate many small bulbs. These small bulbs must be separated and then replanted in the soil in order to maintain a good flowering state. If there are not many small bulbs at the bottom of your peace lily, it means that your peace lily is not able to conduct division distribution at this time. Read More: How Long Do Peace Lilies Last
We regularly check peace Lily every year. If you find that the branches of peace Lily are very short and very slender, it is necessary to carry out division propagation.
  • Removal of the root ball from the pot
After peace Lily's flowers wither, we should cut off the remaining flowers in time and pay attention to pruning the branches and leaves. After about 3-4 weeks, you can dig up the soil around peace Lily without damaging the bulbs. Dig a circle around the roots of peace lily, and use a shovel to flower the whole lily with some roots. Then we need to remove the excess soil around the peace lily bulb. To clearly understand the growth state of the peace lily bulb, we can water the bulb with a hose to remove the soil left on the bulb.
Read More: Why Do My Peace Lily Leaves Tips Turn Brown - Common Reasons
How to Propagate Healthy Peace Lily
  •  Separating the clump
Then we can use sharp blades or sterilized knives for the cluster separation. Peace Lily's bulbs will grow many small lateral buds after growing for about two or three years. In fact, the best branching method for lateral buds of peace lily bulb is to rotate slowly by hand and separate the lateral buds. The success rate is better than cutting with a knife.
The root of peace lily bulb should be loosened slowly without pulling. Some small side buds will grow around the bulb, which are not fully mature. These immature side buds should also be pulled out to avoid consuming too much nutrients. Then we will cut off all the stems and leaves at the top of peace lily bulb, about one centimeter above the top of the bulb. Read more: Peace Lily Root Rot - Signs & How to Save
  •  Preparing and potting the baby clumps
Next, we have to choose a suitable location to plant peace lily baby clumps. Generally speaking, transplanting to a new location will grow better, because the nutrients have been absorbed in the original growth location. The place where peace lily is planted must have good drainage. The supplementary cultivation is rich in humus and has good air permeability and drainage. The planting environment should maintain good air circulation to avoid inducing fungal diseases.
Peace Lily baby clusters need to be planted at an appropriate depth under the soil, about 10 ~ 15cm. The specific planting depth depends on the size of the whole bulb. If it is a particularly small peace Lily baby clusters, it is generally planted at about 3 ~ 5cm under the soil. For larger peace Lily baby clusters, it is necessary to plant deeper. (Read More: Peace Lily Turns Black - 10 Causes & How to Solve)
  •  Post propagation care
The place where we care peace Lily should have sufficient light every day. Of course, it is OK to keep it in some shady places. In summer afternoon, we should pay attention to shading. Peace Lily needs more direct light to grow well. We can lay some covers on the bottom of peace Lily baby clubs or put some low plants next to them.

Seed Propagation

  • Harvesting Peace Lily Seeds
After the fruit of peace lily is mature, we can harvest peace lily seeds and select healthy and full seeds for planting. Lily can be sown in spring and autumn, providing deep, high humus content, loose and breathable slightly acidic soil. The seeds are soaked in water to absorb water and expand, soaked and disinfected with carbendazim solution, and then put aside to dry. Tidy up the soil, evenly sow peace Lily seeds, pour enough water into the soil, and remove weeds after emergence. Read More: Why Is My Peace Lily Dying - 5 Reasons & How to Revive
  • Germinating Peace Lily Seeds
We plant peace Lily seeds in spring or autumn. We should choose the appropriate soil. The pH value should be kept between 6-7 and used after disinfection. Peace Lily seeds cannot be planted directly, but should also be disinfected in bactericide, and then fished out and dried next to it. Select the right weather for planting, level the soil, and then plant peace Lily seeds. Do a good job in the later maintenance, give reasonable light, and properly apply water and nutrients.
Peace Lily seeds likes to grow up in an environment of about 20 degrees Celsius. The best planting temperature is within this range, which can improve the budding rate. The budding rate of peace Lily seeds is not high, so the selection method of time is very important. Try to plant it in spring or autumn.
When planting peace Lily seeds, the selection of soil is also important. We should use soil containing humus. The smaller the pH value, the better. It is best to keep it between 6 and 7. Soil cannot be used intact. It is necessary to disinfect first to remove the bacteria inside. We can soak it with chlorothalonil, carbendazim and other drugs, wash it with water and dry it in a dry air exchange place. If everything is handled, you can choose the appropriate weather to plant peace Lily seeds.
How to Propagate Healthy Peace Lily
  • Post propagation care
The later maintenance of peace Lily seeds after propagation is also very important. It is necessary for us to give reasonable light, while absorbing sunlight, appropriately give water and nutrients to maintain the growth in the later stage.

FAQs about Propagating Peace Lilies

Are Peace Lilies Self-pollinating?

If peace lilies is planted outdoors, it will attract a lot of bees during flowering. Generally, they pollinate through bees. If it is planted indoors, we can pollinate manually if we want to better bear seeds. After pollination, peace lilies will fall and bear seeds slowly. In addition, even without artificial pollination, the pollen of stamens will fall onto the petals and can be pollinated, but the pollination rate of self-pollinating peace lilies will be lower. (Read More: How to Repot A Peace Lily)

Can you Take a Cutting from a Peace Lily?

Peace Lily can be propagated by cutting, but the survival rate of cutting propagation is not very high. When cutting peace lily, we should choose robust flower branches with leaves, cut them and soak them in water for more than six hours, so that they can absorb enough water. Then prepare a suitable matrix, which can be perlite. When we are ready, we can insert peace Lily directly, water it in time, cover it with plastic film to keep warm and moisturize, and wait for rooting. However, the survival rate of peace Lily propagated by this method is not as high as that of division propagation.

Can you Propagate a Peace Lily in Water?

In fact, peace Lily can also be propagated in water. It's also cleaner. It's good to put it on the desk or in the living room as an ornamental decoration.
  • Cultivation container
The containers of water culture peace Lily are generally wide mouth glass bottles, and the water is mainly natural rainwater or clean river water. If not, tap water can also be used, but it needs to stand for more than 1 day before use, or it can be used after being exposed to the sun for 6 hours.
  • Cuttings selection
In the water propagation of peace lily, we should first select the appropriate cuttings. A healthy branch can be cut from the lily plant, and the bottom is cut obliquely at a 45 ° angle, so as to better absorb nutrients in the water. When putting peace Lily cuttings into water, be careful not to submerge them on the leaves, otherwise they may rot due to long-term immersion.
  • Change water
Water propagated peace Lily needs to change water to maintain good growth. The return water frequency can be adjusted according to the season and temperature. The water can be changed every three days in spring and autumn and once every 1-2 days in summer. If the temperature is low in winter, we can change the water once a week.
  • Nutrient solution
Water propagated peace Lily can be fertilized with special nutrient solution. Each time we change the water, we can drop a few drops of nutrient solution into the water. We don't need too much to avoid burning roots. In summer and winter, there is no need to add nutrient solution. If we want to prolong the flowering period, we can also add a little salt or VC powder to the water.