The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is one of the best plants that you can add to your home. It is easy to care for it. It filters the air. It removes toxic pollutants, and I can even add that it is the perfect decoration for any room.
There are many different types of snake plants – bird’s nest, cylinder, laurentii sansevieria, and many others.
I will talk about these as well as the benefits from them and how to care for them more in this guide to how to take proper care of your snake plant.
Snake Plant Watering Tips And Tricks
The snake plant is an indoor plant known for its longevity. You can easily recognize it because of its stiff, vertical, spear-like leaves that grow from a rosette at the base.
It does not require much maintenance. The only problematic thing about it is the amount of water it needs. Because this is so important, I will tell you more about it, and I will also teach you how to prevent overwatering or underwatering.
Snake Plant Watering Frequency
If your snake plant is dying, you could be doing one of two things wrong – you might be overwatering or underwatering it. There are signs in the plant itself that will show you if this is the case.
To prevent both over and underwatering of the plant, you need to keep to a strict watering schedule.
During the summer, you need to water it every 24 to 48 hours. During winter, it is best to water it every 24 hours to 60 hours.
The soil will completely dry out after a couple of weeks, at which point you will have to water it if you do not want it to die out.
Factors That Determine The Watering Frequency
The watering frequency is usually divided into three different types. We can have no drying of the soil, light drying, or strong drying. This is different for each plant. When it comes to the snake plant, we say that it can survive even the soil’s strongest drying. You can leave it for weeks on end without any water.
The watering frequency also depends on some other factors, like the pot’s size or the adverse environmental factors. If you so much as move the plant out of sunlight, it might show some changes in its behavior.
The plant could also be influenced by different temperatures, humidity, or drought. Based on all these things together, you will be able to determine when it is best to water your plant.
When it comes to temperature and climate, the plant will require less water in winter than during the summer months. If you want to get the most of it, you should consider planting it in a clay pot because it can absorb moisture from the soil.
To add to this, you can drain the water from the container to make sure there is no overwatering. If you do not have such a container, then you should consider putting a drainage layer of stones. What this does is it keeps the water from flooding the roots.
How To Know If You Are Underwatering A Snake Plant?
If you are still unsure about the amount of water a snake plant needs, then look out for signs in the plant itself. When it comes to underwatering, several signs will show you the plant is dehydrated. Here are some of them:
- translucent leaves
- leaves are prematurely falling off
- leaf edges turn brown and dry out
- drying of lower leaves
- curling of leaves
In case this happens to your plant, there are several steps you can follow to bring it back to life. First, make sure you have the right pot or container for your plant.
The container must not be too big or small. It should not be plastic, and it should have a tray below it. People have found that clay pots and containers are best for snake plants. Then, start a new watering schedule and never forget to check the soil’s state before watering it.
When it comes to the water itself, try to use water that does not contain chemicals or bacteria. Place the plant in direct sunlight and give it some fertilizer. This should be enough to revive it immediately.
How To Know If You Are Overwatering A Snake Plant?
In addition to underwatering, a snake plant can also suffer from overwatering. Some of the early signs of overwatering include:
- young and old leaves falling off
- an unpleasant smell similar to rotting plant
- soil that seems too wet
- mold on the surface of the plant
- brown necrotic spots on leaves
- brown roots
If this is the case with your plant, then there is no need for panic. There are some simple steps that you can follow to save your plant. First, place the pot in direct sunlight and let the soil dry out completely before your next watering.
Take a look at the root rot and remove it with a pair of sanitized and sharp scissors. Remove the old soil and give the plant some new soil that will also contain fertilizer.
Create a reliable drainage system in the soil and water it only when it is completely dried out. This will help prevent the plant from drying out again.
Snake plants could be the easiest plants to take care of. The only thing that they require is proper watering. I hope that by following this easy guide, you will keep your snake plant alive and looking fresher than ever.
Taking care of plants is a full-time job. We all have good and bad days as caretakers, but we always need to strive to learn more about our plants, their requirements, and how we can do a better job at taking care of them.