How to Repot a Snake Plant? [Steps Explained]

Repotting Snake Plant
Repotting Snake Plant (Source: Pinterest)

Two years back, I got a snake plant home. It was the perfect time for me to do the repotting of my snake plant as it was early spring. The best season for repotting this plant is late winter or early spring. 

I thought repotting was challenging, but I did not find it that strenuous once I did it.

There are few steps involved in repotting a snake plant, such as choosing a larger pot, making a drainage hole and covering it, removing the snake plant from the old planter, trimming and untangling the roots, placing the plant in a new pot, and watering thoroughly. 

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We repot plants to keep them healthy and lively. Let’s read on to know more about repotting Snake Plants.

Repotting is done every year by adding new soil and fertilizers to help them foster.

Also, we do some pruning and trimmings. In the case of a snake plant, every year or two is good for repotting.

But sometimes repotting is required before the time if you notice these signs. 

Signs that Snake Plant Needs Repotting

Suppose you notice the pot where your snake plant is grown bulging, and you find it uncomfortable to look at. It means the size of a plant is larger than the planter.

Repotting a plant is necessary as the roots won’t grow more, and you must create room for the growth to support the plants you enjoy.

 If you find water is not absorbed and remains at the top layer. Sometimes the soil might become crusted and resist wetting. In such cases also snake plants require repotting.

Repotting helps as you can change the potting mix with nutrients for the better growth of a plant.

Suppose roots are swirling out from the drainage hole. Swirling of outgrown roots from holes of pots is the sign of rootbound which means repotting is required.

As you trim the roots and repot, snake plants get better space to grow and thrive.

Before knowing the steps for repotting, you must know the requirements for repotting the snake plant.

I will share some basic materials you need for repotting a snake plant. 

What are the Materials Required for Repotting?

1. Best soil types

We recommend draining soil for a snake plant.

Preparing the ground for plants to thrive in a pot comprises different ingredients like garden soil, coco peat, and compost.

The quickest and easiest way to put together a soil mix is by mixing an equal proportion of garden soil, coco peat, and a handful of compost. 

Notes:We do not recommend mineral-based soil as it cannot hold water for an extended period and becomes compact rapidly. We prefer drainage soil as it allows the excess water to move quickly.

Extra moisture also increases the chances of roots getting rot, and your plant may die.

Garden soil is available near your surroundings, or you can buy it from the gardener. 

Coco peat is a dried and compressed coconut fiber that holds water or moisture and is readily available in the market.

Compost fertilizes and improves the soil quality. It is also readily available in the market, or you can make it at your home with degradable waste.

If you have a busy schedule or find it hard to collect and mix ingredients for pot mix, you can buy a potting mix readily available in the market.

Potting Mix
Potting Mix (Source: Amazon.com)

 You can mix perlite in the soil as it helps in the proper drainage of water. However, it is optional.

Perlite
Perlite (Source: Amazon.com)

2. Correct sized pot

We recommend the new pot with the required width, height, and drainage hole. You can find the correct size by measuring the previously used planter and getting a new container more than an inch wider.

 You can use a terracotta pot, plastic pot, ceramic pot, or any other kind of pot. We suggest a plastic pot over the one made with clay. That is because clay pots might break if your plants grow more prominent.

3. Trowels 

It looks like a mini shovel can come in handy to remove the plant or dig the pot.

4. Scissors/sharp knives 

These items might come in handy to cut off the excess root.

5. Gloves

You can use gloves to protect your hands and nails.

6. A watering can and spray bottle. 

These are needed to water plants thoroughly.

Materials Used for Repotting
Materials Used for Repotting (Source: Pexels.com)

Steps of Repotting Snake Plants

Let me take you through the steps for repotting snake plants.

Step 1. Choose a Larger Pot

A small apartment is sufficient for a single person, but as their family grows, larger space is needed.

Similarly, as the plants grow more extensive, a more prominent area is required.

So, choose a pot that is deeper and wider. Depending on the size of the plant, we recommend giving an extra inch.

Step 2. Soak the New Pot in Water

If you are using the terracotta pot, soak it in water for few hours.

If you do so, it cannot steal the plant’s water though it is porous. You can also use other kinds of pots.

Step 3. Make a Drainage Hole

You need to make a drainage hole to seep excess water from the pot. It does not allow water to pool in the bottom and prevents roots from fungus, bacteria, and rot.

Repotting Pot with Drainage
Repotting Pot with Drainage (Caption: Amazon)

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Step 4. Cover the Drainage Hole

You need to cover the drainage hole so that the soil does not wash out through the hole.

We can use whatever is available to cover the drainage hole, such as gravel, pebbles, stones, or porous material like coffee filters.

Step 5. Remove Snake Plant from the Old Pot

Water the plant and slowly remove it by turning the pot upside down. You can also use your hands to place it down at the soil level without damaging any parts of it.

It would be helpful to wet the soil first as moist soil is easier to remove from the pot’s base.

Remove half of the potting soil from your pots first to determine if the plant is ready to be free of it.

If not, remove more potting soil from the pot, making sure to go all the way around it.

Step 6. Trim and Untangle the Roots

Snake the plant wants to be a little root bound, so trim and untangle the roots very carefully. You should remove outgrown roots from the core root ball. 

Step 7. Place the Plant in a New Container

Put the plant upright in the center, press firmly, and add some soil at the top. Then, water thoroughly.

NOTES

If you have just brought a plant home from nursery or ordered online and want to transfer it to another pot, be careful while removing it from an older container.

You can also do repotting from cuttings of leaves, shoots, roots, or a baby snake plant easily. The process is called propagation. You can propagate your snake plant in the soil as well as water.

Hold a leaf with one of your hands and slowly pluck it with another. Next, cut the bottom of a leaf, making an upside-down V shape, and put it in the water or soil.

You can also cut a single leaf into a few pieces and pot of in the soil. For roots, slowly tug the leaves with rhizomes and do the repotting.

For the repotting, the process is the same as mentioned above.

Tips and Tricks to Take Care of Snake Plant after Repotting

You can protect your plant from leaning, drooping, falling over, yellow, dried leaves after repotting by following things mentioned below.

Growth

Snake the plant does best in a small or medium-sized pot. So faster repotting is not required. 

You do not have to fertilize the plant right away. You can do it after a few months if necessary. However, if you add fertilizers just after a few days or weeks of repotting, the roots of your plant might get burned.

The best time for the addition of fertilizer for the snake plant is during summer. 

A big planter with just a couple of leaves may take a very long time to establish itself in the soil and take a long time to see the growth of new leaves. So, plant owners have to be calm and patient.

Watering

You may need to allow your plant to settle immediately after repotting—Water the plant after two or three days. 

Snake plants are succulents and store water in their leaves. Watering too much (every 2 to 3 days) is too much water for it. It makes the plant soggy. 

Not watering the plants causes the drooping of leaves, dries, and dies. 

The ideal frequency to add water is once in 12 days, or you can check by putting the dry wooden stick inside the pot.

Light condition

You can keep your plant in the shade for few weeks after repotting. However, snake plants should get indirect or partial light for at least six hours a day for the best growth.

Though snake plants can survive in different light levels when only 2 to 3 leaves start drooling, the leaves cannot carry regular photosynthesis. 

Indirect sunlight is good for a snake plant after repotting. However, direct sunlight is not suitable for a snake plant after repotting.

Beautiful Snake Plant
Beautiful Snake Plant (Source: Unspalsh.com)

Precautions While Repotting Snake Plant

  •  Trim the roots carefully.
  • Do not pull the plants from old pots.
  •  Maintain the proportion of materials while preparing soil mix for your snake plant.
  • Do not add fertilizers or other ingredients in excess, thinking it helps plants grow faster.
  • Add an adequate amount of water on time.
  •  Do not keep plants in excess darkness.

How Often Should you Repot Snake Plant?

The best time to repot a snake plant is during late winter or early spring. You don’t have to repot your plant as often as you might think.

As a general rule, Repotting should be done every 2-5 years.

However, repotting can be done every year depending upon the need. When roots begin to creep through the drainage holes in your container, you’ll know it’s time to repot your snake plant.

Conclusion

The result is always positive When your snake plant is healthy and thriving.

Just keep in mind that too much moisture can cause root rot in your plant, so don’t let it remain in oversaturated soil. I hope this guide was helpful.

Snake plants can be grown indoors and outdoors. Don’t forget they are an excellent choice for the outdoor garden too.

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