Why is my snake plant drooping. Snake plants have upright leaves that are usually mottled green and yellow, which can look like a snake. There are different types but only 15 are available as potted plants.
Related to cacti, these succulent plants require little care and water, but failure to keep them in the right conditions could mean their leaves start to droop. You need to watch out for this if you want your plant to stay healthy.
Why is my snake plant drooping
Like all succulents, the snake plant is susceptible to root rot and becomes droopy when it is overwatered. As a result of this, people often choose to water around the outside edge of the pot instead.
The wrong way to do this is by watering from the top down – which causes excess water to seep in and decreases available oxygen in the soil.
Instead, use your finger to create a gap right on the inside edge of the pot, then add just enough water that you can observe it flowing down through.
Be sure not to overwater your snake plant since they tend to be very sensitive in that respect, instead, allow maximum airflow by pouring out any excess water each time after watering or avoid pooling altogether by drenching only their roots directly under the soil surface.
Rotten Roots and Overwatering
Snake plants might be a popular houseplant, but they can still be tricky to take care of.
For example; you need to make sure that the soil dries completely out between watering and it’s also a good idea to give your plant a break sometimes so as not to water them too much.
Approximately three months of watering with 3% hydrogen peroxide will save it from root rot, and if there is severe root rot that can wreak havoc on your snake plant you may want to report it.
Repotting will give new life to your snake plant after a while, and during the winter they can be watered even less because they lie dormant.
Plants that are Root-Bound
Repotting your houseplants is very important so as to help them thrive.
If you fail to do this, there can be serious negative consequences: you may end up with unhealthy, dying plants.
Rootbound houseplants are likely to suffer most because the roots become restricted in their growth and cannot absorb all the nutrients they need.
For this reason, there might be a limited number of factors that can contribute to why a plant has become rootbound (the most common being overwatering.)
When it comes to snake plants, repotting is recommended every 4 – 6 years for them as well.
You can prevent becoming rootbound by watering your plant just enough so that the soil remains slightly damp and not so much that it becomes waterlogged or flooded.
Drainage problems and Poor soils
Perhaps your soil holds too much water. Even when you water regularly, it still stays moist and doesn’t drain properly.
As a solution, report the snake plant in cacti potting mix, which is extremely absorbent yet ensures there will be adequate drainage while not remaining overly moist.
This potting mix works very well with my snake plants, and I highly recommend it to others who might want to try it out for themselves.
One tip if using regular potting soil instead of a specifically made mix is to add perlite.
Perlite is extremely porous and lightweight, acting as a sort of sponge that soaks up excess moisture without compressing or becoming soggy (as peat moss does).
Snake plants thrive best in medium light conditions but they can survive bright sunlight if they are partially blocked with a curtain or some sort of obstacle.
Before placing them in direct sunlight it is important that you slowly expose them to the new environment by facing a few hours of strong light and moving up from there each day.
Block out too much light at once and you may clearly see that your snake plant starts to droop (and not just the leaves).
Although a snake plant can get too hot, drooping leaves are unlikely to be the cause of the problem. There’s a good chance that it isn’t getting enough heat.
Temperatures above 50°F are necessary for a healthy plant. If this is the case and its winter, you can place the plant by a heater or near sunlight instead.
Why is my snake plant drooping