Peace Lily and hydroculture
This is my first ever post and I hope someone will be able to help me. My wife and I decided to start growing houseplants again after a hiatus (long story), but decided to use hydroculture rather than soil. I bought a beautiful peace lily but when I took it out of the pot to wash the soil off the roots I noticed that it was severely rootbound. It is such a tangle in there that even after 48 of soaking I still can't get all the soil out. the closer I get to where the soil line was, the denser the root system. I'm digging around but I'm afraid that I'm going to damage the root system too much and harm the plant.
I need advice. Should I:
a. give up. Don't like this idea at all :)
b. break the plant up into sections. It almost seems to be many tightly packed plants and I'm finding that there is a natural "break line" where I could break the one mass into two smaller ones, but I'm afraid of really hurting the plant.
c. just keep soaking then washing and massaging the roots, soaking then washing and massaging, until all the soil is gone. That could take weeks...
Please help. I don't know peace lilies well enough to know how sensitive they are to anything really: pruning, root damage, transitioning to hydroculture.
Thanks and happy gardening,