peace lily transplant to gritty mix?
I've been experimenting with gritty-ish mix for the past couple years. Gritty has been spectacularly successful for my big ficus allii tree (details in the ficus thread, where Al helped with me repot and now with pruning). It's grown to about 9' tall after repotting with root pruning last August. It's now putting out lots of new leaves, and I have figured out it would do even better if I could get used to watering it and feeding it more frequently.
However, peace lily was another story. I transplanted a peace lily last summer into a mix of turface and bark, and it promptly died. I've always considered peace lilies hard to kill, so I was shocked. I've got 2 more that really desperately need new soil. Anyone have ideas what might have gone wrong with the last one? Has anyone transferred peace lilies to gritty and grown them successfully?
When I transplanted the now-dead peace lily, its soil was half gone/compacted and very calcified and difficult to wet. The roots were completely white and healthy, no rot at all. I did not intentionally trim any roots, since it is not a woody, branching plant. I watered the mix after transplanting (no ferts). The next day, the plant looked more upright, so I thought the roots were taking up water nicely. The following day, it wilted. I checked the soil with a skewer, and the skewer came out moist, so I didn't water. Each day that followed, the skewer would seem moist, while the leaves withered and dried out. I then tried watering more (since not watering was getting worse and worse), but it didn't help.