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Repotting Snake Plant – Outgrow Pots, Crowded, Misted

If you want to know about “Repotting Snake Plant” then before that let me tell you these succulents are very popular among gardeners and made their reputation as the best indoor houseplants. As you know the leaves of this plant is a Spiky green-yellow combination. I have Tried and Grow them in both the environment and must say they grow better outdoors with direct sunlight and I have seen good results like leaves and root ball are more strong, even they grow faster in sunlight than shade. Once the plant grows bigger I move all of them Indoors and one thing you should keep in mind that give them less water and more light. Here I am Writing this article at night but my snake plants are with me in the room.

Repotting Snake Plant

Repotting snake plant is when the space inside pot feels compact. To repot you should check this by seeing how much soil surface has been covered by the leaves and if more than 75% soil surface is consumed by leaves then it’s time for the plant to repot. Now you should go with a larger size pot for your snake plant. below is the link to buy bigger pots and you can also choose the size and color of the pot as well , they have grey, blue, black ,white pots.

How you can repot snake plant

To repot snake plant first loosen the plant soil by digging some soil from the corner without harming the root system. Also do hit from the side of the pot , it will loosen the soil more. Then place the pot in a horizontal position and hit more on the side of the pot then you can see soil is getting out and the plant is loosen properly , take out the snake plant carefully by grabbing its roots.

This is how you take out your snake plant and the last step is to place this in a bigger pot and water it carefully. You should give them direct sunlight for some months and water it every 3-5 days when soil gets dry. In winter they generally are dormant so their growth stops and don’t give them water or you may spray some water whenever you see its soil surface gets dry.

You can also Propagate this snake plant by cutting its rhizome into 2 parts with the leaves and grow another in a new pot. Both will grow beautifully and once your plant gets mature place them indoors that’s what I do. Mature plant leaves give more fresh air than young snake plants. If you are new to snake plant and wants to purchase 1 for the home here i have give 2 of one of its variety so you don’t get confused.

Best Time to repot snake plant is spring to summer or you can even do it whole year it doesn’t get affected as this one just grows in indoor environment more than outdoors.

Repotting Snake Plant

So how you can prepare your next potting soil mixture. When I was repotting my plant at the same time I did propagate them by taking the cutting and planted them in new pots. Even today If I see my dog by mistake break a Leaf of a snake plant , I simply put that in one of my pots and it starts growing and that is the beauty of this plant.

Prepare Soil Mixture

Snake plants love slightly less moist soil and most of them need the soil to dry because heavy watering can spoil their root system. When I first planted my snake plant I used worm compost and a mix of cactus and succulent soil and they worked quite well as they make your soil well drained and fulfill nutrients requirements and encourage healthy growth of the plant.

20% Worm Mix–  I use Uncle Jim’s Worm Mix.

30% Cactus and succulent soil Mix – I use Hoffman’s here is a link to check.

50% Sand and mix it well ,now its ready.

Above I have suggested 2 different soil mix but if you want to have everything in a single product then you can say the Dirtico Product , they specially made this for snake or Sansevieria plants.

It has an equal amount of worm mix ,perlite, peat moss and lime which is good for plants overall growth , You can mix this compost(30%-40%) into your soil directly. This is all in one product so you can give it a try.

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Do Snake Plants outgrow their pots?

When snake plants outgrow their pots it is filled with all the leaves but they won’t come out from the pot. The signs you may get when a lot of roots have been grown inside of soil is that the leaves started browning or yellowing. There is also a symptom where the plant produces flowers which means it is pot bound. 

Does the snake plant like to be root bound?

Snake plants can survive with root bound but they won’t like being root bound for days and months. Its leaves will dry and become brown, some might curl; this is the result of a root bound pot. They don’t like it and no plant in the world wants to stop its growth so if it happens with your snake plant, repot it in another 2 inch bigger pot. It will make the plant more happy.

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How often should you water snake plants?

Snake plants are not often watered but only watered if they feel dry, check the topsoil about 2 inches to see if the soil is dry. If you find the soil dry give snake plant water and you are good to go. Basically the time I note for my snake plant to be watered is 10 to 13 days if they are in an indirect light spot. Do not give snake plants too much water and also you should water less not too frequently. I water my snake plant 3 times in a month so it gets all the required water. 

Should I water a snake plant right after repotting?

You can water snake plants right after repotting because all the soil needs to be sit with roots so that you plant can get water supply. But I recommend not to put your plant in direct sun or partial shade right after repotting as it needs water. If it gets into direct sun the sun will absorb and evaporate all the soil and make it dry. Although it’s a strong plant it can survive repotting easily and do it right after or some other time.

How long should I wait to water snake plants after repotting?

You can wait or just give water when your soil is too dry because how will snake plant roots sit with soil if you don’t water. Just give water right after repotting or wait one day then give water in shade not in direct sun. Snake plants are robust and full of succulents so they won’t get hurt much and can tolerate without water for days. so water it in 1 day or 2 you can make your plant alive again once you water them. Once roots are established in new soil and pot it needs low water not too much otherwise overwatering can cause more harm like yellow leaves problem in our snake plant.

Do snake plants like to be crowded?

Snake plants are very easy to grow and they don’t really care if crowded in a pot. They will only show signs like some leaves may turn brown, dry but it will still continue to grow. Yes if you do repot them to a larger pot size, it will surely become taller in size and it would look more healthy. If you want sansevieria to reach a greater height early then use a good fertilizer like perfect plant liquid concentrated plant food that is made for snake plant.

Do snake plants like to be misted?

Snake plant is not a type of plant that is thirsty of water and you don’t need to mist them. They like to be watered from the bottom soil and not spraying or misting on their leaves. If someone do mist the foliage it will result in spots formation on the leaves, your plant might become overwatered, some pest infestation may occur if it has water on its leaves. Snake plants are watered very less in a week and that is why it is not recommended to mist them. You can always give water to sanseveria from the bottom soil, it would make sure the water reaches to the roots that would encourage overall plant growth.

Final Words

I hope you get the answer on “Repotting Snake Plant” and if you like to know more about this plant check below articles.

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