If you want to keep your snake plant healthy and looking good, you need to water it regularly. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to water your snake plant properly, as well as some general advice for snake plant owners.
What is a snake plant, and what are its benefits?
Snake plants are common houseplants and grow in a rosette pattern. They’re often found for sale at places like Home Depot and Lowes, and they’re often used as decorations inside homes or offices. Snake plants can remove toxins from the air that we breathe (including xylene and toluene). They’re also easy to care for. Another benefit of the snake plant is that it sucks up all kinds of nutrients from the ground – including minerals, nitrogen and more. Hence, some consider it a pest; but snake plant lovers appreciate that they only have to water their snake plant occasionally instead of every day!
How often should you water your snake plant?
The basic answer is that a snake plant should be watered whenever its soil feels dry to the touch. This may vary from once every week or two to once every ten days, depending on several factors, including temperature, humidity levels and how warm it is in your home. If you’re going away on vacation for a while, don’t forget to ask a family member or friend to look after your plants.
Some extra points to consider:
– Make sure you thoroughly drench the soil until water starts coming out of the hole at the bottom of the pot.
– Do not use a container with a drain hole, as this will cause your plant to dry out too quickly.
– Keep an eye on how often you’re watering your snake plant, and adjust accordingly if necessary. If it’s hot in your home, or if the humidity is low, then you may need to water more frequently than usual.
The soil should never be allowed to dry out because this can kill your snake plant completely. However, it’s also not a good idea to keep the soil constantly wet for long periods. This could lead to root rot problems.
Everything should go smoothly if you follow these basic guidelines when watering your snake plant!
The best ways to water your snake plant
If your snake plant is small, the best way to water it is by soaking the soil in a tray for 15 minutes. Once 15 minutes has passed, you can dump any excess water from the tray and then set it aside and allow the soil to dry completely before your next watering (this process could take up to a week for some plants).
If your snake plant is large, you can water it by submerging the soil in a tray and allowing the water to pool. You should let this sit for 15 minutes and then dump any excess water before setting the pot aside and allowing it to dry completely (this process could take up to a week).
How to tell if your snake plant needs water
If you can stick your finger about halfway into the soil of your snake plant, and if the soil isn’t wet at all, it’s time to water your snake plant. If the soil is dry or crumbly at this point, that means that your snake plant needs water.
You should also check for moisture after you’ve watered your snake plant. If there is still moisture in the soil up to your first knuckle after watering, then you know that your snake plant received enough water. This will prevent overwatering, leading to root rot, mold, disease and death for your plant.
When is the best time of year to water a snake plant?
Snake plants like to be watered most during the year’s warmer months (spring and summer). This is because snake plants can store water in their leaves, which means they don’t need as much watering during the winter.
What are some common problems with snake plants?
There are a few common problems that snake plant owners have. If your snake plant is suffering from any of these issues, take a look at this list to see what the problem might be and how you can fix it:
The leaves on my snake plant are droopy or falling over.
Solution: This could be caused by several different factors. If your snake plant is receiving enough sunlight, it could be that the soil is too wet or that there isn’t enough drainage in the pot.
My snake plant leaves are yellowing and dying off.
Solution: The first check is to ensure that there isn’t any standing water in the pot (causing root rot) or that the dirt around the roots isn’t dry and crumbly (meaning that it’s time to water). If you’ve ruled these issues out, your snake plant could need fertilizer or a change in lighting conditions.
My snake plant is floppy and limp.
Solution: Drooping leaves on a snake plant can be caused by root rot. If you notice that the leaves on your snake plant turn brown and fall off, it could be because of root rot or overwatering.
My snake plant is growing new leaves, but they’re turning yellow and dying back.
Solution: This could be caused by several different things. The soil around the roots may not have enough humidity or moisture, or there may not be enough drainage. A lack of sunlight could also cause it.
My snake plant looks healthy overall, but some leaves turn yellow and curl up at the edges.
Solution: This is common with many houseplants and usually doesn’t mean you have to do anything about it.
How to water a snake plant
Snake plants don’t need a lot of water, which means that they’re perfect for people who have difficulty remembering to water their plants. If you want yours to thrive and grow as big as possible, then remember these tips:
– Only water your snake plant during the warmer months of the year. Snake plants can store up moisture in their leaves, so they don’t require watering as often during winter.
– Wait until the dirt surface on top of your snake plant is dry before watering it again. That way, you won’t overwater your snake plant and cause root rot or mold to develop.
– You should only water your snake plant every two weeks on average unless there’s a heatwave. This is because snake plants don’t require as much water during colder months of the year.
– Be careful when watering your snake plant to not over-water it! That means that you should only pour enough water into the pot so that it runs out the bottom and then let it drain for about 5 minutes before putting it back where it was. If you overwater your snake plant, you’ll kill it…
– Make sure that your soil is moist but not too wet. The best way to tell if your soil is dry or wet is by sticking your finger in the soil. If there’s still moisture on top of the dirt, go ahead and water your snake plant (and wait for the soil to dry before watering it again). If there’s moisture on top of the dirt, then your plant doesn’t need to be watered.
– Depending on how hot and bright the spot you put your snake plant is, you might find that it needs more water than other plants do. If you keep yours in a dark corner where it’s cooler, it will require less water than if you put it closer to a window where the sun comes through.
– Fertilize your snake plant every three months (during spring and summer) with an all-purpose fertilizer like Miracle-Gro. Just make sure that you don’t give it too much fertilizer at once, or else you’ll burn its roots!
How to repot a snake plant?
It’s a good idea to re-pot your snake plant every 1 or 2 years. The easiest way to do this is simply by moving it into an even bigger pot. If you don’t like the style of the pot that your snake plant is in (or if it’s too big), then you can replace it with something new at any time.
Just make sure that you use an all-purpose potting mix when re-potting your snake plant. Most importantly, never use regular soil because its nutrients will gradually deplete and eventually cause your snake plant to die.
How much light does a snake plant need?
Snake plants don’t require a ton of light, but they need lots of indirect sunlight. Whether you put it near a window or not, make sure that your snake plant isn’t next to a heater because that will also cause its leaves to start turning yellow and dying.
Although snake plants can survive with as little as 2 hours of light each day, they’ll grow faster if they get closer to 8-10 hours of sunlight per day. If your snake plant’s leaves are turning yellow or the edges are starting to brown, then it means it’s getting too much direct sunshine. Try moving it into a darker area and see how it does from there.
Is a snake plant poisonous?
There isn’t a whole lot that’s dangerous for humans about this plant. The leaves and roots of snake plants are mildly toxic, so don’t eat them. If a snake plant gets stuck in your eye, then it might sting like crazy because the sap inside can irritate skin (and eyes).
Common Snakeplant Problems
Why is my snake plant drooping?
Snake plants droop when they’re either thirsty or in shock. Remember that snake plants don’t like a ton of water, especially after established roots have formed. If you find the leaves of your snake plant are drooping, then it’s probably because its roots can’t support too much water at once, and it needs to be watered less often.
If your snake plant is drooping but isn’t getting enough sunlight or has been grown too fast from being moved around from place to place, then it might need time to adjust to new environments. Give it a week before passing judgement on its health status.
Why is my snake plant turning yellow?
Snake plants turn yellow just like any other plant if they don’t get the right amount of light or nutrients. Make sure that your snake plant is getting between 8-10 hours of sunlight every day, and water it with room temperature water once a week (or when the soil starts to feel dry).
When leaves start turning yellow on a snake plant, it’s either because the soil needs to be watered more often (but never let it sit in wet soil!) or not receiving enough indirect sunlight. If you know for sure that the roots are healthy and there is enough humidity in the air, then you can blame inadequate lighting as the reason why your snake plants’ leaves are turning yellow!
Why is my snake plant dropping leaves?
Snake plants drop their leaves when they’re either thirsty, under-watered or not getting the right amount of light or nutrients. Make sure that your snake plant is getting between 8-10 hours of sunlight every day, and water it with room temperature water once a week (or when the soil starts to feel dry).
Why is my snake plant dying?
Snake plants die when they’re either overwatered, under-watered, not getting the right amount of light or nutrients, being grown too quickly from being moved around from place to place – or just because a snake plant has finished its life cycle.
If you want to keep your snake plant alive longer, make sure that there isn’t anything stacked on top of it, don’t let it get too hot or cold in an area where you’ve decided to put it and remember not to over-water!
How to revive a snake plant?
It’s easy! All you have to do is make sure that there isn’t anything stacked on top of it, don’t let your snake plant get too hot or cold in an area where you’ve decided to put it, and water it less often (but never let it sit in wet soil!)
There are many ways to water a snake plant, but the most important thing is that you don’t over-water it. If your soil feels dry on top of the dirt and there’s no standing water in the pot, then go ahead and give it some more moisture before putting it back where you found it. For general watering tips for house plants, keep reading our blog!