Repotting Snake Plants: When & How To Do It Step By Step

Repotting Snake Plants: When & How To Do It Step By Step

Snake Plant Growing \u0026 Care Tips
Snake Plant Growing \u0026 Care Tips

Repotting snake plants is pretty easy and doesn’t take much time. In this post, I’ll tell you all you need to know, and show you exactly how to do it, step by step.

If your snake plant has outgrown or is cracking its container, then it’s time for repotting.

Learning how to repot snake plants (aka mother-in-law’s tongue) is easy, doesn’t require any special skills, and is an important part of their long-term health.

In this step by step guide I’ll show you how to replant them and answer all your questions. With this knowledge, you can keep your Sansevierias rejuvenated and thriving for years to come.

When To Repot A Snake Plant

The best time to repot Sansevieria is during the late winter or early spring. That allows it to settle into its new home and spend the summer putting on new growth.

But if it’s severely root-bound, and you notice it’s struggling later in the year, you can replant it in the summer or fall.

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How Do You Know When Your Snake Plant Needs Repotting?

You’ll know your snake plant needs repotting when it’s become severely root-bound.

Roots will start coming out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, or they will bulge, or even crack, their container.

It may be less obvious in sturdier pots though. If a previously happy Sansevieria begins to shrivel, or the water runs straight through the pot, it’s a good sign that they’re out of room.

Here’s the full list of signs that it’s time for a new pot…

  • Roots coming out the bottom of the container or above the soil
  • Soil won’t hold water, it just runs straight through
  • The pot is distorted or cracking
  • Container keeps falling over (top heavy)
  • Growth has slowed or stopped completely

How Often Should I Repot My Sansevieria?

Growth rate and container size will determine how often you need to repot your mother-in-law’s tongue.

In an ideal environment, they may need it every two years or so. But in containers with plenty of room to spread, they might be fine for 4-6 years.

It’s good to remember that snake plants prefer to be slightly pot-bound, so avoid repotting unless they’re in need of more room.

Preparing To Repot A Snake Plant

Before we get into the steps for repotting a snake plant, first let’s chat about the ideal container. Choosing the right pot and soil will help it adjust much faster.

Choosing A New Pot

While they can do very well in a wide variety of containers, it’s ideal to choose one that’s only 1-2” bigger than the current pot.

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Too much space can lead to more water retention and increase the risk of root rot. Select one with drainage holes to help prevent that.

They’re top-heavy too. So choose a pot that’s wide rather than tall, and ideally made from a weighted material like ceramic or terracotta to reduce the risk of tipping.

Best Soil For Repotting Snake Plant

The best soil for repotting snake plants is a loamy, aerated, well-draining medium.

You can purchase a quality mix, or try making your own by combining 2 parts potting soil with 1 part of perlite or pumice, and 1 part coarse sand.

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What To Do After Repotting Sansevieria

Once your snake plant is potted up into its new container, it’s safe to resume normal care.

Keep it in an area with bright, indirect light, and don’t water again until the soil has dried out several inches down.

I recommend you refrain from fertilizing for at least a month while it settles in to help prevent severe transplant shock.

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Here I’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about repotting a Sansevieria. If yours isn’t on the list, please add it to the comments section below.

Do snake plants like to be crowded?

Yes, snake plants do like to be crowded. However when they’re severely root-bound the pot can break, or they can have a hard time absorbing the water and nutrients they need.

Do you water a snake plant after repotting?

Yes, you should water a snake plant after repotting, then wait until the soil has dried at least two inches down before giving it another drink.

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Can you plant two snake plants together?

You can plant two snake plants together in a single pot as long as it’s large enough to accommodate their size.

Can you repot a snake plant in fall or winter?

You technically can repot a snake plant in fall or winter. But since it’s entering a rest period, it can cause them to become weak or leggy during the winter. For best results, wait until early spring.

How To Repot A Snake Plant

Now that you have the perfect container in mind, it’s time to learn about how to repot a snake plant. Follow these step by step instructions to get it settled in its new home.

Now that you know how easy it is to repot snake plants, you’ll be able to respond whenever yours have outgrown their pots. Use these tips to keep yours healthy and happy for many, many years.

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