Is your snake plant starting to explode out of its pot? If so, your snake plant is probably overdue for a larger pot. Foliage discoloration, excessive roots, top-heavy and wilting are all signs of a root-bound plant. To help, we’ve put together a few steps to guide you while you learn how to repot a snake plant.
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When to Repot a Snake Plant
The best time to repot your house plant is in late winter or early spring. The reason this time works best is because your plant is in dormancy for the winter and it’s right before the active growing season (Spring).
Although this is the ideal time to repot indoor plants, you can repot at any time of the year. You will know it’s time to repot when the top of the roots are swirling or coming out of the bottom of the pot. Another sure sign that your plant should be repotted, is if water drains straight through the drainage holes when watering. This means your snake plant is root bound.
If you’re not sure that your plant is root bound simply wiggle the root ball out of the pot and see how hard it is to take out and look at how tightly wound the roots are. Be careful not to damage the roots when removing them from their plastic pot. If either of these is the case, it’s time to repot your snake plant.
How to Transplant Snake Plants
When it’s time to start transplanting your snake plant, the first thing you’re going to need is a new, more spacious pot. Your new pot should be 2-4 inches bigger than the current pot to give your plant the room it needs.
Once you have the proper pot, next you will need to take your plant out of its container and loosen the potting mix around the root ball. Next, you’ll want to get some new soil to fill in the empty spaces and add additional nutrients to support the health of the indoor houseplant.
The best soil for snake plants is well-draining soil or any indoor potting mix, such as Perfect Plants Succulent Soil. As your adding new soil around your plant, make sure to pack it in tight to get rid of any air pockets. Fill the soil up until there is an inch of soil away from the top of the pot.
If you’re repotting your plant in early spring or summer it is best to add fertilizer to your plant to boost its growth during the active growing season. The best snake plant fertilizer to use is the Perfect Plants Liquid Snake Plant Fertilizer. Simply, add your fertilizer when watering your snake plant.
Make sure to read the directions on your preferred fertilizer for exact amounts, to avoid over-fertilization. Once you’ve completed these steps it’s time to add your snake plant back into your indoor garden.
Snake Plant Care Indoors
Snake Plants or “Mother in Law Tongue” are known to be one of the easiest to grow houseplants out there. Snake Plants can grow just about anywhere in your home or office due to their ability to tolerate low-light conditions. Although these plants are known to be low-light tolerant if kept in bright indirect light conditions they can actually produce flowers on long stalks.
Since the Sansevieria trifasciata are succulents the plant requires very little water and can thrive off of being watered once every 2-4 weeks. They also need well-draining potting soil such as cactus soil, since moisture retention can cause root rot and is one of the main causes of death for this plant.
We hope this guide on how to repot a snake plant has provided some essential tips and tricks to keeping your indoor houseplant thriving. Reply in the comments below with any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have about repotting snake plants.