How Often Should I Water My Snake Plant

Publish Data: July 29, 2021

by Sifat Sadekin

If there would be a ranking among the most tolerable house plants on the planet, snake plants would unquestionably take a higher position or may even be the top. Snake plants are undoubtedly the easiest plant to grow with the lowest maintenance and efforts required to grow. Anyone may grow the perfect plant anywhere, besides your bed, stove, on the lawn, and even in a corner of your bathroom. Wherever you may keep them, they are sure to provide you with green foliage without worrying you and hassle you to provide plant care.

Snake plant is also becoming a beloved indoor plant owing to its tremendous air purification capacity. Keeping a snake plant beside the bed is like keeping an oxygen plant beside you. Research by NASA suggests that, besides oxygen supply, this tropical plant also removes toxins from your house and purifies the air. All these make the plant so much loved and suitable for in-house gardening.

As the plant needs very little care and attention, the snake plant also needs a very small quantity of water and again you must keep a minimum distance of two days before watering if not the soil is dry.

You should also look out for overwatering. Snake plant can’t stand in excess water and tends to heavily react if drowned. Overwatering may even kill the plant you love. A proper drainage system might help you a lot in this regard.

Watering Snake Plant
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How Often to Water Snake Plant

Spider plants would like it more if you neglect them and forget about their watering. As a plant will high tendency to react with overwatering issues, snake plants it more to be watered less. How often to water your snake plant should be a vital issue to you more than how much water to give each time. Your watering schedule will always depend upon the soil, pot, and plant you have.

You can have a carefree ten days after each time you water your snake plant. Snake plants love to try soil more than drenched ones. You should wait for the soil to become completely dry before watering them again. You may casually water your snake plant twice a month if the soil is fertile and can store water.

If the soil is completely dry, less fertile, and doesn’t hold any water; you may need to water the plant once every 2/3 days. The drainage system of your pot also plays a significant role. If the pot drains faster, you will need to water your plants more frequently or vice versa.

You can always check the soil with your finger before watering. Put your finger into the soil. Dug the soil about 1 inch or 2/3 centimeters and see if the soil is dry there. If your finger touches moist soil, then hold yourself back and check the soil after 2/3 days. Water only when you find dry soil after digging your finger in.

How long can Snake Plant live without Water

As with other succulents, snake plants can live for long days without water. Mature plant can store water in leaves, roots, and rhizomes, which ensures they survive without water for longer periods.

Snake plants stay alive for more than six weeks to eight weeks at max in winter days with the support of the water they keep stored in their body. On the other side, the number of days surviving without water for summer days becomes two to three weeks for dehydrated survivability. The number of days might also become more or less depending on the geographical location, weather, temperature, and so forth.

If you are planning to leave the plant alone for long, then do a deep watering before leaving it. Deep watering will surely reduce its chance of dying at a significant rate.

What are the Signs of Overwatering

As like other succulent plants, snake plant hates water. Always keep in mind that your plant will react heavily if you overwater them. Waterlog can even kill your tough plant. So always check if your plant needs water or not before watering. At the early stage of overwatering, your plant may signal you through these hints-

  • A rotten smell comes from the pot, white roots are becoming brown. This indicates root rot in the roots of your plant which is a bacterial attack. You will be needing to repot the plant in fresh soil after treating the roots with bleach.
  • Green leaves are losing their green looks and becoming brown.
  • Mold is seen on the surface of the healthy leaf.
  • The leaf does not grow up, and brown spots appear on it.

Stop watering your plant as soon as you notice the signs of overwatering. You may also think of changing the soil with dry soil or repotting the plant with fresh soil after pruning off affected roots to help your plant to revive quickly.

How to Bottom Water Snake Plant

One can easily bottom water the Snake plant. Deep Watering or watering the plant from the bottom helps the soil to be completely wet which ultimately helps the roots to grow downwards.

You should regularly bottom water your plant once in a few weeks. Simply put your plant onto a tub or bucket filled with a little amount of water. The water should be sufficient to sink the soil upto an inch. If the soil gets more water the plant might backfire, and you may lose your plant forever. So, keep an eye for the water level.

After an hour or so, get the plant out of the water and keep the plant where it used to be. Remember not to water the plant until the soil completely dries.

Can I Use Tap Water to Water Snake Plant

Watering should be done with distilled or rainwater. If you’re using tap water, let it sit for at least 48 hours to allow chlorine, fluorides, and other contaminants to dissipate. It would be preferable if you could make it to a week. You may also use filter or filter the water to purify and be used to water the plant. While watering, make sure water makes its dripping way through the drainage holes.

Some Essential Tips to water Snake plant

You may need to keep these tips while letting you’re in house snake plant grow:

  • Allow the soil to dry off fully before watering
  • Don’t water touch the leaves
  • Ensure water reaches the roots
  • Avoid waterlog
  • Water early morning or late in the evening
  • Keep the soil evenly moist
  • Water less in winter months

Final Words

Growing a snake plan is like drinking a glass of water. As like any other indoor plant the snake plant is so easy to breed that even beginner gardeners would grow tons of snake plants without much hassle. You should put some attention to overwatering issues. If you can keep the plant out of waterlogging, you will have a happy snake plant returning your love with tons of purified air and a green look.