Snake Plant Repotting

Snake Plant Repotting

Snake plant repotting's something that you need to know about if you're going to grow this succulent in the home or outdoors. Planting zones are in the Almanac to help determine when to plant safely outdoors.

Snake plants have the botanical name Sansevieria Trifasciata, whose nickname is Mother-In-Law's Tongue.

This delightful plant is quite hardy, provides a unique conversation piece, adds beauty to any room, and is almost totally carefree. With proper care of your plant, repotting is made easy and can actually be fun.

Snake Plant Repotting

Every Snake Plant Owner Should Know

So, before we get into the details of repotting this remarkable plant, we will review some basics every snake plant owner should know for success with transplanting and caring for snake plants.

This type of plant can grow up to three feet tall, and the long leafstalks grow vertically also producing babies. Sprouts can be dug up and repotted alone to grow into adult plants or left alone as they will multiply.

In fact, some plant owners sell their sprouts to make money. Others use the smaller ones for crafts, gifts, and whatnots. Decorating the plant for several holidays is popular and store windows boast larger plants.

Snake Plant Propogation

Snake Plant Propogation

Houseplants & Air Health

The Sansevieria can be grown indoors as a houseplant. They are an excellent air cleaner, known to get rid of many cancer-causing toxins. This plant's one of the best oxygen-producing houseplants known.

That said, extremely healthy plants get little water and lots of light and sunlight, but they do their best in low light and a dry atmosphere.

Equally important, too much sun can burn these plants. Remember to keep them above 50°F (10°C) and no really cold air. If it gets cold, cover them with plastic, newspapers or take them into the home.

Snake Plant Repotting

Pests Are A Reality

Outdoors, snake plants deal with drought very well, but drenching rain can cause plants to develop root rot or other kinds of plant fungus. If tiny gnats are flying about your pot, that is a telltale sign of fungus.

If you find any tiny clumps of white on the leaves treat the plant for mealybugs, and spider mites can also be a nuisance. Rubbing alcohol and cotton will rub them off instantly.

Just don't water your plants very much and be sure to take off the topsoil a couple of inches. Add fresh cactus mix back in the pot to replace what you threw out. The reason is that overwatering causes these pests.

Helxine Soleirolii (Baby's Tears)

Helxine Soleirolii (Baby’s Tears)

Overwatering Is The Worst Enemy A Snake Plant Has

Since the snake plant is a rugged species, you really cannot hurt it much. Overwatering is the worst thing you can do, letting the leaves turn yellow and die.

So, if you have killed houseplants or harmed them in some way, never fear growing a snake plant. Whether it is a new, small plant or a huge one that's 20 years old, you can repot it when you get it or leave it alone.

Snake Plant Repotting

Colors, Water And Glass

Impressively, the snake plant will grow anywhere, including water, and this is really awesome since you can put them in vases, jars, glasses and old glass containers. The colored glass is perfect with rootlings.

The plant looks quite right placed in a tall vase and growing in the water with an array of roots hanging down. People who kill most plants off have splendid snake plants because they learned to not overwater them.

Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Velvet Plant

The Proper Way To Water

With this in mind, never overwater your snake plant because it will react negatively or die. Sogginess cannot be tolerated because it can lead to root rot. Feel the top of the dirt and if it's dried out, soak it deeply.

A general rule is to let the plant dry out completely before watering it again about once a week except in winter do it only once a month.

Maintaining a healthy snake plant is imperative to getting baby shoots that will produce tall, mature plant leaves.

Snake Plant Repotting

Easy And Inexpensive To Care For

Besides watering, all you must do is give this plant lots of light. You can also sink it into your favorite part of the flower or vegetable garden outdoors.

They may be fed according to a schedule for your area planting and weather. A great product I have always used is Miracle Grow. It has worked well for me on any plant.

Achillea 'Apple Blossom'

Achillea ‘Apple Blossom’

During Dormacy

If you fertilize your snake plants in their growing season, they will get larger faster. Make sure the topsoil is moist so it will absorb better.

When they are dormant, never, ever feed them. They are succulent and that means that they really never require feedings to grow well.

An ideal time to repot a plant is while it's in dormancy. A snake plant can be transplanted any time of year though, but outdoors depends on the local planting zone.

Snake Plant Repotting

What About The Container

Importantly, repotting should not be done with a pot that is much larger in diameter. The plant needs a pot only an inch or two larger than the one it has grown out of.

The snake plant needs a container that is clay or terra cotta because they need to breathe. These pots get rid of water faster so the plant stays drier.

Indeed, it’s best to sink your snake plant in fast-flowing soil, as regular potting soil is not the best choice, but this hardy plant will grow in almost any soil, just not as well.

Shade Succulents

Shade Succulents

Where To Place After Repotting

Put your new plant where indirect sunlight will come in a couple of hours a day. You can place them in corners or hallways where low light will be as they tolerate it well.

The idea is that you need to get soil specifically made for the cactus family of succulents. Organic mix for cactus is popular because it's used for all of them.

Noteworthy, the Sansevieria likes being crowded with other plants wherever they are. Houseplants over bound in their containers are actually visually appealing and they appear healthy as well.

Warning! If You Have Any Pets

If you have any pets, please make sure that you do not let them chew the leaves on your snake plant because they are toxic to animals.

Steps For Repotting Snake Plants

  • Spread newspapers down for spills.
  • Gather any tools and both pots.
  • Add gravel into the empty planter for drainage.
  • Add dirt halfway up in the pot.
  • Make a hole deep into the dirt in the center.
  • Both hands go on the pot with a plant in it.
  • Tilt the pot into left-hand palm.
  • Place your right hand on the bottom of your tilted pot.
  • Grasp the plant at the base and pull it out firmly.
  • Loosen the soil and lightly shake the dirt off.
  • Trim off long roots by using sharp scissors.
  • Sit the plant down in the middle of the dirt.
  • Fill in around the sides with a mix for Cacti.
  • Fill up the pot to the base of the plant.
  • Pat the dirt around firmly with your hands.
  • If you have moistened the dirt when repotting your live plant, you should let it dry out. That means leaving it alone a couple of days. To prevent root rot let all of the water drain out.

A bonus is that when this plant matures it will produce long stems of lavender flowers, blooming usually after they are at least five years old.