How Do I Know If My Snake Plant Is Dying?

How do I know if my snake plant is dying?

  • A dying snake plant is often due to over watering and damp soils which causes the leaves to turn yellow or brown and droop.
  • If the leaves are curling this can indicate cold stress if exposed to low temperatures or drought stress as the leaves store water.
  • What does a snake plant look like when it needs water?

    An underwatered snake plant will have wrinkling and curling leaves with brown tips due to dehydration. The plant will start to fall over as it dries up and may die if left in dry soil for long. Move your snake plant to a shaded area and soak the pot in water to re-hydrate and revive it quickly.

    What does a healthy snake plant root look like?

    The healthy roots of the snake plant are light yellow or white, and firm to touch. The roots affected by root rot look brown or black. If you touch them, they'll feel a little soft.

    How do I know when to water my snake plant?

    The short answer is to water only when the soil is almost thoroughly dry. Even then, it won't hurt to wait another few days, especially if you tend to overwater plants. Snake plants boast beauty that's more than leaf deep.

    How do I keep my snake plant healthy?

    Allow soil to dry between waterings and take extra special care not to over water in winter. Try to avoid getting leaves wet when you water. Place your snake plants in indirect light (although they are tolerant of a variety of light conditions) and fertilize during the growing season with an all-purpose plant food.


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    How do I make my snake plant grow more leaves?

    Cut any damaged leaves that are not growing back to the base of the plant to help stimulate more growth. If the pot size is too small then the snake plant can exhaust the available nutrients and growth can slow down and stop growing.


    Can snake plant leaves heal?

    The plant will heal itself over time and the damaged or broken leaves will die and fall off the plant. However, if the snake plant has a lot of damage, this natural healing process can actually take a long time (months).


    Is my snake plant over or under watered?

    The biggest mistake you can make in caring for your snake plant is to overwater it and cause that pesky, aforementioned root rot. Since it's a succulent, the Sansevieria is drought tolerant. So you should always err on the side of under-watering.


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