When your Snake Plant drooping, it can be anything from an annoyance to a serious indicator that something is wrong. There are many causes of snake plant drooping. In any case, if your Snake plant appears to be drooping or falling over, you shouldn’t ignore it.
Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s look at four reasons why your Snake plant drooping and what you can learn from it.
Causes of Snake Plant Drooping: The temperature
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Your Snake plant’s current temperature is probably one of the first things you should examine.
Ultimately, this will be the easiest way to determine why your plant is falling over.
So, much as in their native home, snake plants flourish in warm temperatures, and if you try to grow yours in temps below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or even below 50 degrees, you’ll have a problem.
Snake plants require warmer temperatures to thrive, therefore if you don’t live in one, you should grow them indoors, where they may at least grow at room temperature.
If you feel this is the source of your Snake succulent falling over, this will keep it from drooping.
If you can grow plants indoors or live in a warm climate, it’s a pretty straightforward repair.
If you can’t do either, a nice little greenhouse will suffice.
Causes of Snake Plant Drooping: Lack of Light or Too Much
Your Snake plant has a light requirement that is somewhat proportional to the amount of heat it requires to survive, but it also has a limit.
I realize this appears to be contradictory.
Just give me a chance to speak.
You may be able to get away with giving your Snake plant very little light, but it will soon begin to droop if you do so.
On the other hand, if the light is too harsh or the heat is too intense, the Snake plant may droop.
You need to find a happy medium.
To simulate the snake plant’s natural environment, provide between 5 and 8 hours of bright sunlight, partial and full, throughout the day.
This will stimulate the best growth and prevent the snake succulent from drooping as long as the sun isn’t too direct or the heat isn’t too high.
By the way, this will definitely induce sunburn and brown tips on a Snake plant.
Problems can be avoided by avoiding too little light and keeping temperatures at a tolerable level.
This is where a good indoor grow light can help you discover that happy medium.
Causes of Snake Plant Drooping: Poor Drainage and Overwatering
A combination of poor drainage and overwatering is another common cause of a drooping snake plant.
Because snake plants resemble cacti, they require less water than typical succulents.
This means you should water this succulent sparingly, as it thrives on neglect in the natural.
By watering your Snake plant excessively, you will almost probably cause it to droop, as well as other issues such as decay.
The same is true if you use the improper sort of soil mix, as slow-draining potting soil is bad for your plant.
Instead, use high-quality cactus soil, succulent soil, or a combination of the two, with some perlite added for drainage.
This can prevent standing water, which can lead to rot, a drooping plant, and other problems you don’t want.
So only water when the soil is completely dry, and you may get away with watering once or twice a week.
You can water once a month or even less in the winter when the snake plants are dormant.
Simply avoid overwatering or having poor soil to prevent your snake plant from drooping.
Causes of Snake Plant Drooping: Small Container
I’m not sure how often this is, but I do know that if you grow your Snake plant in a container that is too tiny, the leaves will fall over.
This occurs when the roots do not have enough room to grow properly and eventually coil all around each other, preventing them from breathing properly.
Simply removing the soil and inspecting the roots is one technique to determine if your container is too tiny.
When you see them twisted around each other and all bunched up, you know what the problem is.
If your Snake plant is failing to grow, you will need to repot it into a larger pot and wait a few weeks.
Your snake plants leaves should slowly recover as long as the roots have enough room this time.