Peace Lily Propagation: How To Grow Peace Lily From Roots?


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Do you know why I love peace lily from all of my house plant collections?


Peace lilies are easy to care for and also easy to propagate. 

But what are you doing now? 

how to grow peace lily from roots

I’m growing a new peace lily from roots.Is it possible? How to grow peace lily from roots?

Grow Peace Lily Roots

To grow a peace lily from roots, you need to select a healthy plant and cut its roots into pieces that are about 2-3 inches long. Then, plant the cuttings in a pot filled with fresh potting soil and water the plant thoroughly.

Is it really so easy like this? 

Yes, it’s easy but there are some challenges to grow peace lily from their roots.  

So, to know the challenges and troubleshooting, listen to me attentively.

Main points

  • One of the effective and easiest processes of peace lily is growing them from roots. 
  • Roots play a crucial role in absorbing water and nutrients from the soil.
  •  Peace Lilies can multiply, but they do not do so through seeds.

Things To Keep In Mind While Growing Peace Lily From Roots

As I told you, a peace lily is a very popular houseplant. Their beautiful glossy green leaves and white flowers make me delighted. 

I also can easily grow these plants from their roots. 

But there are some things you should keep in mind while going to grow peace lily from roots, such as: 

Things To Keep In Mind While Growing Peace Lily From Roots
  • Select Healthy Roots: Choose a healthy mother plant with well-developed roots. You can take roots that are firm, white, and free from signs of disease or rot.
  • Use a Well-Draining Potting Mix: You have to use well-draining potting mixes to promote good aeration and prevent waterlogging.
  • Provide Adequate Drainage: Ensure that your pot or container has enough drainage holes at the bottom to prevent water from accumulating, which can lead to root rot.
  • Proper Lighting: Peace lilies prefer bright, indirect light. It makes the peace lily leaves darker.  Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight. 
  • Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a consistent temperature between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Peace lilies thrive in higher humidity.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. 
  • Fertilization: You have to use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season, like spring and summer.
  • Pot Size: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the root ball. One of the reasons for peace lilies’ crowded roots reason is the limited pot size.
  • Gentle Handling: You should handle the roots and plant with care during the transplanting process. Avoid damaging or disturbing your roots excessively.

Considering these things can enhance the chances of success when you clone a peace lily from its roots. 

Otherwise, your peace lily roots not growing well. 

How To Grow Peace Lily From Roots?

One of the effective and easiest processes of peace lily is growing them from roots. 

Now I will explain how to propagate peace lily from root. 

How To Grow Peace Lily From Roots

Materials Needed:

  1. Healthy peace lily plant with well-developed roots.
  2. Pruning shears or a sharp knife.
  3. Well-draining potting mix.
  4. Small pots or containers with drainage holes.
  5. Watering can or spray bottle.

To grow a peace lily from roots

Firstly, remove the plant from its pot and gently shake off excess soil. 

Secondly, Locate the roots that you want to use for propagation and cut them off with a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears.

Each cutting should have at least one node and a few inches of root.

Thirdly, fill a small pot with fresh, well-draining potting soil and water it thoroughly.

Fourthly, Make a hole in the center of the soil using a pencil or your finger and insert the cutting.

Make sure that the node is buried beneath the soil and the top of the cutting is just above the soil level.

Fifthly, Water the cutting lightly and cover the pot with a plastic bag to create a humid environment for the newly propagated plant.

Place the pot in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight.

Finally, Check the soil regularly and water when it feels dry to the touch.

After a few weeks, you should notice new growth emerging from the cutting. It means the propagation was successful. 

Safety Tip: Peace lilies contain oxalates that can cause skin irritation and may be toxic if ingested. So, handle the cuttings with gloves and keep them away from pets and children. 

How To Grow Peace Lily From Roots In Water?

You also can grow peace lilies from roots in water. You can do it easily by following the steps I’m going to share with you. 

  • Prepare the Roots: At first obtain a healthy parent plant and gently separate the roots. 
  • Select Container: You should choose a container that is deep enough to submerge the roots.
  • Place Roots in Water: Fill the container with clean water. Then submerge the peace lily roots in the water and make sure they are fully covered.
  • Provide Adequate Light: Place your container in a location with bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Change Water Regularly: Change the water in your container every few days to keep it clean and provide essential nutrients. 
  • Monitor Growth: You should see new roots emerging from the nodes on the existing roots. You can use gibberellic acid on peace lily roots to increase its growth. 
  • Transplanting: Once the roots are a few inches long and you see sufficient root development, you can transplant the peace lily into the soil. 

After completing this process, you should water the transplanted peace lily and place it in a location with indirect light. Then, you can gradually introduce it to brighter conditions.

You can increase your houseplant collection using this common method. 

can peace lily grow without roots

The Peace Lily is primarily grown from its roots. Roots play a crucial role in absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. It is anchoring the plant, and supporting its overall health. 

While a Peace Lily can survive for a short period without roots. But it’s not a sustainable or ideal condition for long-term growth.

How Do You Transplant A Root Bound Peace Lily?

If your peace lilies’ roots have outgrown their container and don’t have enough space to grow, then it is called rootbound. 

Transplanting a root-bound Peace Lily means carefully removing the plant from its current pot. Then, place it into a larger container with fresh soil. 

Now, I will explore a step-by-step guide on how to transplant a root-bound Peace Lily:

  • Prepare the New Pot: Fill your new pot with fresh soil mix, including coconut coir. You should leave enough space at the top to accommodate the Peace Lily’s root ball.
  • Water the Peace Lily: Water your Peace Lily in its current pot a few hours before transplanting. This helps to hydrate the plant and makes it easier to remove from the pot.
  • Remove the Peace Lily from the Pot: Gently turn the pot on its side, supporting the base of the plant with your hand, and tap the bottom and sides to loosen the root ball. Carefully slide the plant out of the pot.
  • Loosen the Roots: How far apart are peace lilies? It depends on the root spread. If the roots are tightly bound, you can use your fingers to tease them apart. 
  • Place the plant in the New Pot: You should position your Peace Lily in the center of the new pot at the same depth. Then, you have to position the Peace Lily in the center of the new pot at the same depth.
  • Water the Plant: Water your transplanted Peace Lily thoroughly and allow the water to drain through the bottom. This helps settle the soil and ensures good contact with the roots.
  • Monitor and Care: Keep an eye on your peace lily plant in the following weeks. And ensure it is adjusted well in the new pot. 

I hope this guide will help you transplant your root-bound peace lily properly.

Common Challenges And Troubleshooting

Growing a peace lily from roots is a comparatively easy process. However, you may encounter some common challenges to the process. 

So, you must know the challenges and also the troubleshooting. 

Let’s discuss the challenges and their proper solution: 

Common Challenges And Troubleshooting

Root rot

  • Challenge: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can lead to root rot
  • Troubleshooting: Ensure that the soil is well-draining and allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings.

Lack of Root Development

  • Challenge: If the root of your plant is not developed properly, it can lead to a weak or stunted plant.
  • Troubleshooting: Ensure that the roots are submerged in water, and change the water regularly to provide essential nutrients. 

Yellowing Leaves

  • Challenge: Yellow leaves can indicate overwatering, underwatering, or nutrient deficiencies.
  • Troubleshooting: Adjust your watering frequency based on the plant’s needs. You can also use balanced liquid fertilizer at half strength every 4-6 weeks to provide essential nutrients.


  • Challenge: Common pests, such as spider mites, aphids, or scale, may infest your plant.
  • Troubleshooting: Regularly inspect your plant for signs of pests. If pests are present, treat them with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Temperature Extremes

  • Challenge: Extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold, can stress your peace lily plant.
  • Troubleshooting: Maintain a consistent temperature range between 65-80°F (18-27°C). 


  • Challenge: Fungal or bacterial diseases can affect the plant, especially if the growing conditions are too humid.
  • Troubleshooting: Ensure good air circulation and avoid overcrowding with other plants. 

It would help if you addressed these challenges promptly and provided proper care to your plant. You can increase the likelihood of successfully growing a healthy Peace Lily from its roots.

Care Guidance Of New Peace Lily

Once you have successfully grown a new peace lily from its roots, it’s important to take good care of it to ensure its health and growth.

Here are some care guidance that you should consider for your new peace lily:

Care Guidance Of New Peace Lily
  1. Light: Peace lilies prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight for extended periods.
  1. Temperature and Humidity: Peace lilies thrive in higher humidity amd high temperatures. You can increase the humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.
  1. Watering: Peace lily is not a very thirsty plant. But proper soil moist is necessary. Overwatering can lead to root rot, and underwatering can cause the leaves to wilt.
  1.  Fertilization: You can use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season like spring and summer.
  1.  Repotting: Repot your peace lily every 1-2 years to refresh the soil and give it more space to grow.
  1. Pruning: Prune any yellow or brown leaves as soon as possible to prevent the spread of disease.
  1. Peace lilies are susceptible to pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Check the plant regularly for any signs of infestation.

If you can follow these caring tips, then you can enjoy the full benefits of your new peace lily plants. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Do Peace Lilies Multiply?

Yes, Peace Lilies can multiply, but they do not do so through seeds. Instead, they can be propagated through division.

How Do You Save Peace Lily Roots?

To save Peace Lily roots, start by carefully digging up the plant and gently shaking off any excess soil. Then, inspect the roots and remove any that are brown, black, or rotting.

Do Peace Lilies Like Water Or Soil?

Peace Lilies require both water and soil to thrive. They prefer to be kept in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be kept moist, but not waterlogged, as this can cause the roots to rot.

When Is The Best Time To Collect Roots For Propagation?

The best time to collect roots for propagation is during the plant’s dormant period, which is usually in the fall or winter. 

Do I Need To Apply Rooting Hormone When Planting Peace Lily Roots?

While it is not necessary to apply rooting hormone when planting peace lily roots, it can increase the chances of success and speed up the rooting process. 


Now, you know how to grow peace lily from roots. Growing a peace lily from roots is an easy and rewarding process. It can give you a new plant to enjoy and share with others. 

It’s crucial to know about the healthy roots and the affecting factors of growing a peace lily from roots. 

By applying the steps properly that I provide in this article, you can get a healthy new peace lily from your roots.

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