Even though freezing temperatures may come to mind after reading that subheading, it is important to understand that some plants are more sensitive to changes in temperature than others.
It is best to place your snake plant somewhere it will have the correct temperature to grow.
A plant may experience root rot if the surrounding temperature is too low.
This may happen when the roots freeze and try to cope with the fact that they cannot take up any oxygen.
Watering In Dormant Period
Watering a snake plant during a period when it does not need to grow may cause root rot. This happens because the plant is not as active and does not need that much extra water to survive or grow.
This additional water builds up inside the pot as it is not being used by the plant. You should only give your plants additional water when they need it and are receiving plenty of sunlight and nutrients.
Excessive Fertilizer Application
Snake plants can strain themselves in order to gather water when exposed to too much fertilizer.
It will serve as a sign for the plant to extend its roots and get more nutrients, however too much fertilizer will cause the roots to shrivel up and die.
Snake plant root rot: How to cure it
The information in this section will help you determine how best to treat your snake plant and how to prevent root rot from spreading. It will also gain clarity as to how much water you will need.
Repotting Your Plant
You should choose a pot that is at least one inch bigger (1-3cm) than the root and shoot space. Snake plants can reach the height of anything from 8 inches to 12 feet (20-360cm). Leaves usually reach about two feet (60cm).
Drain your pot effectively by covering the drainage holes with porous materials such as coffee filter paper.
In the next section, I will detail what type of soil to use within the pot.
Plants are easier to move when they have large amounts of water in their roots and soil around them.
Please remove your snake plant from its old pot carefully. Some of the roots may detach due to root rot.
Root rot-infested plants should have their roots cut off and as much of the soil around them as possible.
Remove any roots that are tangled.
Put the plant in the new pot.
Choosing the right soil mix
To ensure drainage capacity, you should mix the soil with approximately one-third of normal soil and one-third of fertilizer. You can use landscaping sand with the final third.
If you had drainage problems before, perlite may help to increase your soils’ drainage capacity. Ready-made soil mixes may also offer good drainage.
Repotting after watering
You need to water snake plants heavily after a repot, since the soil at the bottom won’t have enough water to sustain the plant. Provide moderate watering so the plant can settle on its new soil.
Assuming that the soil structure allows for proper drainage, most of the water at the top of the layer will evaporate and the rest should sink down through the soil.
This is a critical step before the snake plant can survive in its new environment. If not, it won’t be able to absorb enough water.
Read this article to save your snake plant from root rot. It covers all the details you need to know.
Care After Repotting
If you repot the Snake plant, you should repot it in a cooler environment. This will facilitate the plant’s roots in healing. Also, make sure that there are enough nutrients in the soil for the plant.
It is recommended that you propagate a new snake plant from the old one if your snake plant is severely damaged with root rot.
By dividing the snake plant and replanting it in an environment where it can grow, you can propagate it easily.
If you suspect that your snake plants have root rot, you can opt for a chemical treatment. The important thing is to treat the roots with a fungicide killing powder before repottering them.
It is necessary to take this step to prevent root rot from spreading alongside the plants into their new pots and causing further damage.
Root Rot In Snake Plants Natural Remedies
In order to get rid of root rot with folk remedies, you should do it right away. Folk remedies usually work best in the early stages of root rot.
Apply the prepared solutions to the plant’s lower end and the surface layer of the soil. There are a few different types of solutions you can use for this:
⦾ Potassium permanganate. A solution of pink potassium permanganate is prepared and watered around the plant’s stem base, as well as a thin layer of the solution. Permanganate should be mixed with as much water as possible in the solution or risk burning the snake plant.
⦾ Chalk and copper sulfate-based paste. 0.5 liters of water should be mixed with 3 tablespoons of crushed chalk, 1 teaspoon of copper sulfate, and 3 tablespoons of crushed chalk. As soon as all the ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, a creamy liquid should result. Replant your snake plant after drying the roots slightly and rubbing the liquid on the stem and root collar. Then, rub the liquid on the affected roots.
⦾ Wood ash and chalk. Both ingredients should be mixed equally. Once the snake plant roots are coated with the powder, your plant will be ready to go.
Upon discovering root rot, it is important to replace the old soil with new. Apply a solution of potassium permanganate or use boiling water to disinfect the soil.
Make sure you allow the solution to return to the soil for one week between applications. This will also result in less need for watering in the future.
Root rot on Snake Plants: How to Prevent It.
1. Sterilize the Cuttings: Use one of the chemical solutions shown above.
2. You need to disinfect the pots if you’re going to place new plants in them. Don’t forget to disinfect the roots of the plants as well.
3. It was prescribed in the previous section to sterilise the soil using chemicals.
4. Make sure all tools are disinfected before you use them.
5. The humidity and temperature of your snake plant can be easily maintained if the plant is kept indoors.
6. Waterlogging should be avoided.
7. Get rid of excess water by loosening the soil.
8. The quantity of fertilizer you apply should not exceed the amount that is needed to promote growth of strains of pathogenic microbial flora.
9. Making sure the plant receives enough water and fertilizer on a consistent basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you revive a dying snake plant?
Restoring your snake plant is as simple as removing its root rot and allowing it to grow. The plant should then be replanted somewhere where the conditions are optimal for it to grow and further away from the root rot.
Why does my snake plant have no roots?
When your snake plant is devoid of roots, root rot may have taken its course and destroyed the roots. In this case, the best solution is to take a cutting of your existing plant and replant it to allow a new plant to grow.
Does hydrogen peroxide kill root rot?
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to kill fungus on plants. Root rot resulting from a fungal infection is treatable with hydrogen peroxide. In this way hydrogen peroxide can treat root rot disease as a remedy. Hydrogen peroxide kills the fungi and bacteria in the soil as well as release oxygen during breakdown.
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