Peace Lily for indoor planting
I have a peace lily that was sent to a funeral a year ago. When I got it, it was in the typical 9" black plastic pot with holes in the bottom that plants are purchased it. This pot was set in a wicker basket with a plastic bag liner, which was torn so I added a small plastic bowl liner below the black pot.
I was careful not to over water it and misted the leaves. I keep it in my office (due to cats at home) which has a wide window (~8' x 2') but I keep it off to the side with the blinds partially open. It grew well this way for a while and even flowered twice.
Now the leaves are turning yellow and black, but it is creating new ones. It is root bound, though I read this plant likes that. Never the less, I think it needs re potting, if anything to help drainage. I know just enough to be dangerous about plants.. or at least terrestrial ones, my freshwater aquarium is a sight to behold.
So, here is the problem. I need to re-pot this thing.
I'm thinking 12"? or is that too big?
I can't let it completely drain because it's on a small wire stand in my office with no where for the water to go. I do have some extra aquarium gravel though. I've been told I could put this go under the soil for drainage?
Also with plants in my offices, we have had troubles with fungus gnats. If it attracts gnats, I'm going to be forced by my coworkers to take it home, which because of the cats means garbage can. The soil it came in has never attracted them. So I'm reading on the web no peat? What would be a good soil composition?
Any other thoughts?
Thanks for any help!