Soil for Snake Plant

The type of soil plays a very important role in determining the success of your plant growth.

It does not matter what type of plant you are growing, giving them the best soil is an important thing to do.

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This is also true for the snake plant or sansevieria.

Based on my research online, the best article that giving you some ideas on the best soil for the snake plant is an article from apartmenttherapy.com entitled Chill, Low-Maintenance Snake Plants are Perfect for People Who Can’t Keep Anything Alive

According to the article, the best soil for the snake plant is:

Snake plants do best with a free-draining soil mix, because they are easily prone to rot. A soilless potting mixture is best to ensure adequate drainage. Also be sure to use a terracotta pot that won’t trap water inside and promptly remove any standing water from the saucer.

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/snake-plant-our-best-tips-for-caring-for-sansevieria-235792

It means that the best soil for a snake plant or sansevieria is the soil that has good drainage that does not hold too much water.

The water contained by the soil should be just enough for the plants taking in order for them to survive.

Too much water in the soil will lead to certain diseases such as plants rot as mentioned in the article.

Benefits of Snake Plant

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For those of you who are new to gardening, you might be wondering why the snake plant becomes one of the common types of plants chosen to be grown indoor.

Is it because of its look? or there is something else about it?

Actually, apart from the aesthetic benefit, the snake plant has other benefits which are the reason why it is chosen to be grown indoor.

An article titled SANSEVIERIA: SNAKE PLANT at lifestyle.co.za gave a rough idea on the benefits of snake plant as below:

The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. When placed in office and home spaces Snake Plants can assist in increasing productivity, decreasing stress, fostering happy vibes and enriching overall well-being and health.

https://lifestyle.co.za/sansevieria-snake-plant/

Based on the article, we can see that snake plants can provide a quite substantial amount of benefit to us.

From the article, we could also understand that apart from its ability to clean the air from hazardous toxins, the plant could also help to improve our psychology and health indirectly.

Watering Snake Plant

One of the major problems faced by many people when taking care of their snake plant is over-watering.

Other than that, the snake plant is actually a very easy type of plant that you can grow.

Nothing much to worry about if you do the watering correctly.

According to sundaygardener.net in its article “HOW TO WATER SANSEVIERIA (SNAKE PLANT)?” the proper way to water your snake plant is:

To make sure that you are watering properly, always make sure that the top inch of the soil is dry before you water your plant again. This is the main rule to follow during the growing season. Watering should change in winter. During winter, you should water your plant only to prevent the soil from completely drying out. Always make sure not to over-water your plant because it may cause its roots to rot.

https://www.sundaygardener.net/how-to-water-sansevieria-snake-plant/

Another tip by the same article on how to water the snake plant is to not water its leaves:

It is vital to water only the soil but not the leaves. You should not spill any water on the leaves because it might cause them to rot. This is a problem for many houseplants but it is particularly crucial to remember for snake plants because it has plenty of leaves.

https://www.sundaygardener.net/how-to-water-sansevieria-snake-plant/

Repotting Snake Plant

If you are growing a snake plant, by time you will definitely need to repot them.

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The reason for this is due to there will be not enough space for them to grow anymore as well as to protect them from competing with each either for nutrients and water.

An article titled Repotting Snake Plant: How To Do It The Right Way at epicgardening.com mentioned that the best time for you to do the repotting works is in late winter or very early spring.

The best time to do this repotting is in the late winter or very early spring. This puts the transplant during the time of year that the plant’s not in active growth mode.

https://www.epicgardening.com/repotting-snake-plant/

And for those of you who do not live in the four-season area, then repotting can be done any time throughout the year.

For the repotting purpose, you will have to prepare new planting soil as well as new pot that is larger than the previous one for you to put the plants.

Below are brief steps that you need to follow to repot your snake plant by epicgardening.com

Step 1

Remove the plant from its prior pot, being careful not to damage the root ball. Once it’s free, examine the roots. If you see dark or mushy spots on the roots, those have developed rot. Use a clean, sterile knife to cut rotten portions away.

https://www.epicgardening.com/repotting-snake-plant/

Step 2

If there’s large roots that wrap around the entire root ball, use your knife to slice through those as well. You shouldn’t need to cut it more than once. The goal is to stop the roots from preventing further growth.

https://www.epicgardening.com/repotting-snake-plant/

Step 3

Place some of your potting mix in the new pot and set the plant on top of it. Keep it planted at the same depth it’d been at in its old pot, but keep it within 2″ of the pot’s rim. Remove or add soil to get it to the right depth.

https://www.epicgardening.com/repotting-snake-plant/

There you go, if you follow all the 3 steps mentioned in the epicgardening.com website above, you have successfully repotted or transplanted your snake plant.

Pruning / Trimming Snake Plant

As said earlier, snake plants are very easy to be taken care of and nothing much to worry about taking care of them.

However, in certain circumstances, you will need to prune or cut its leaves.

The common reason for you to do this is to get rid of dead leaves or throw away the disease infected leaves so that it will not spread the disease.

To prune the snake plant is very easy. It involves three steps as mentioned in an article How to Trim Dead Foliage From a Snake Plant by homeguides.sfgate.com.

The first step you need to do is to carefully inspect the plant:

Visually inspect the plant for signs of overcrowding or lack of water that could contribute to the dead foliage. You’ll need to fix the cause of the problem in order to prevent future dead foliage, although sometimes leaves simply die without any major problem.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/trim-dead-foliage-snake-plant-27650.html

Although the article only mentioned the dead foliage of the plant, the statement is also true for infected foliage.

Therefore, please look both for dead and infected foliage while doing the inspection to your snake plant.

It is also good if you could also identify the disease or pests that infected your snake plants so that proper action could be taken to solve the problem.

The second step to prune the snake plant leaves is:

Grasp the leaf with the dead foliage just below where the brown foliage stops. In some cases, the entire leaf might be dead, while sometimes only the tip of the leaf is dead.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/trim-dead-foliage-snake-plant-27650.html

While the article is mentioning for you to cut where the brown foliage stops, the half of the foliage left, however, usually does not look very nice.

That is why you will commonly see that some people will cut down the whole foliage that has a problem even though not all area of the foliage is affected.

It is just for aesthetic reasons. It is up to you how you want to do it.

The third step is:

Cut straight across the leaf as close to the soil as possible. You can cut farther up the leaf, but it is unlikely to grow back from that point and maybe unsightly.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/trim-dead-foliage-snake-plant-27650.html

Conclusion

That is all, for now, a little bit regarding snake plants.

It is hoped that this article could give you the answer to the question of the type of soil that is suitable for snake plants and a little bit of other information about it.

Should you have any questions or suggestions to give, please feel free to write it in the comment section below.

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