Snake Plant Grow Condition
The snake plant grows rapidly during the growing season that is from spring to summer. However, during the dormancy period(Winter), the snake plant will not show any new growth. If that’s the case, please do not be surprised. The growth rate of the snake plant will vary, but here is what you can expect.
Snake plan is considered a slow-growing plant. On average, a snake plant grows 2-3 new leaves in a growing season. At the same time, the plant will remain dormant through the fall and winter. The growth rate of snake plants varies on the plant species and other factors like the intensity of light, humidity, temperature, etc. If the perfect growing conditions are provided, the snake plants show rapid growth and gain good foliage. But we will need to give the plant a bit of care and nurture.
Though this plant is famous for beginners as it requires minimal care and the forgetful growers, if you want the mother-in-law’s tongue to grow, you will need to look out for the plant. In this guide, we will discuss the factors that affect the snake plant’s growth and the ways to grow it bushy.
9 Factors that affect the growth rate of the snake plant
To understand the cause of the snake plant not growing new leaves or not gaining any growth, we need to understand a few factors. Let us look at the factors.
- Type of Potting soil
- Overfertilization of the snake plant
- Season for growth
- Watering regime
- Temperature and humidity
- The size of the pot
All the above factors can directly affect the growth of your snake plant. We will discuss each topic in detail.
The Snake plant, like any other houseplant, requires some time to adjust to the environment.
Plants are like human beings and require a certain amount of time to adapt. It may be that earlier, there was a different growing condition for the snake plants, and now it is different.
For example- If you stay in the mountains, it will be difficult for a person to adapt to the tropical region immediately.
In the same way, if you have just purchased the snake plant, then give the plant some time to adjust to the new environment.
When the plants are purchased, they might have gone through some shock because of the packaging, traveling, and repotting. Hence leaving the plant as it is suggested.
Check the soil to understand if the plant requires water. If it is dry, then water the plant.
Some users also add fertilizer right after purchase, but we suggest not to add any fertilizer instantly because the plant may have been fertilized recently. It is best to let the plant adapt and not add any fertilizer for a week or two.
Type of Potting soil
Soil is the most crucial factor that helps a plant grow because it absorbs all the minerals and nutrients from the soil.
The type of soil we use for the snake plant’s growth plays an essential role.
If we use a potting soil that is not well-draining, then the soil might get overwatered easily, and we will face overwatering issues.
Thus, the type of potting soil plays an important role.
The best potting soil mix that is suggested for the snake plant is:
- Take a well-draining potting soil
- Take cactus soil in the same ratio
- Add some compost to the mixture
The potting soil and the cactus soil should be in the ratio of 1:1, and the compost should be around 25% of the soil. Cactus soil will help in the snake plant’s desired minerals and nutrients along with excellent drainage because the snake plant is a succulent. Compost helps in all the micronutrient and macronutrient factors.
What kind of soil do snake plant needs?
Overfertilization of the snake plant. Fertilization of the houseplants plants is crucial for achieving healthy…
…and bushy growth. The Snake plant also requires fertilization for proper growth.
The snake plant has two fundamental issues that are the overfertilization and overwatering.
Houseplant owners frequently face these two circumstances as a result of moment disregard. You need not stress!
A few hobbyists fertilize their snake plant just once per year and keep on doing it in the next year.
In the growing season, the snake plant can be fertilized up to two-three times. With regards to fall, we lessen the feed by 50%.
Throughout the wintertime of the year, which is the snake plant’s dormant period, we don’t fertilize the snake plant.
The snake plant is given a weak dose of a reasonable 10:10:10 or a 20:20:20 fertilization, and it should be noted that the feed is very diluted.
If the snake plant has been overfertilized, at that point, they will give indications as earthy colored tips and the plant withering.
That can likewise prompt the drooping leaves and shedding of the leaves.
Consistently be cautious with the feed.
On the off chance that the circumstance is disregarded further, the plant may likewise abandon you.
The plant should be fertilized mildly during the growing season.
How might we right the overfertilization?
Assume the plant and position it in running water and flush the abundance compost. Follow this cycle 3-4 times to eliminate the overabundance of fertilizer.
On the off chance that the circumstance has exacerbated, at that point, we can repot the plant in an alternate pot.
Once the excess fertilizer is flushed out, Avoid fertilizing the plant for a month.
Provide adequate water, and your snake plant should be healthy again.
The Growth Rate of Snake Plants
As a general rule, the snake plant tends to grow fairly slowly in moderate or indoor light. If grown in a good amount of sunlight, the boost can cause the snake plant to grow rapidly.
The final height and width depend on the variety of Sansevieria that you have planted.
The most common variety is S. trifaciata laurentii, which is also known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue . This is due to the long, straight, sharp leaves that extend from the soil and roots.
How Large Do They Grow?
The S. trifaciata laurentii is the variety that is most recognized when referring to the snake plant. It has variegated foliage, with a center of “snakeskin” green and yellow stripes up both sides. The leaves tend to grow straight up into the air, and while it does not flower often, it may produce a fast-growing stalk of small, white, bunches of sweet-smelling flowers.
This variety of Sansevieria tends to grow to around 1-2 feet, with some growing in excess of 3 feet, depending on conditions. There are even reports of it growing up around 5 feet! Another typical variety of the snake plant is the S. trifaciata. This type is very similar to the S. trifaciata laurentii, just without the laurentii.
There are no yellow stripes along the sides of its leaves, just an abundance of green “snakeskin.” This variety tends to grow along the lines of the S. trifaciata laurentii as well. One variety that tends to be a little more “exotic” is the S. cylindrica, or the Spear Sansevieria.
The leaves of the S. cylindrica are cylindrical in shape and are not likely to bend without breaking once matured. The leaves grow upward and outward in a fan-like shape.
When the leaves are new, they are fairly easy to bend, and some nurseries take advantage of this fact. They weave the leaves of the snake plant together to create plaits or braids, much like what is done with “lucky bamboo” or a “money tree.” A distinct difference, other than leaf shape, between S. trifaciata/S. trifaciata laurentii and S. cylindrica is the sheer size that the Spear Sansevieria can grow to.
While the S. trifaciata/ S. trifaciata laurentii (view on amazon) can occasionally grow up over 3 feet, the S. cylindrica can grow to heights over 7 feet On the opposite end of the spectrum in size stands the variety S. trifaciata “hanhii.” This Sansevieria stands only 4-8 inches high, never reaching over a foot tall.
Its coloring is similar to that of S. trifaciata laurentii, with yellow stripes banding a green snakeskin interior. This S. trifaciata cultivar is a dwarf variety, keeping it small. For this reason and that of its slow growth, it is often used in terrariums.
Stunting the Growth of a Snake Plant
For whatever reason you may wish to slow the growth of your snake plant. All the above varieties discussed can have their growth stunted using a couple of methods. The simplest way to preventing leaves from gaining further height is to clip the tip off. The tip of the Sansevieria leaf produces a hormone that encourages growth. When you clip the tip off that prevents the hormone from being released and in turn prevents further growth upwards.
You can also prevent outward growth for the Sansevieria. This is done using the size of the pot it is growing in. If the pot is too small for the plant this causes the plant to become root bound. Root bound is where the roots are forced to contain themselves in a small area becoming denser and denser. This prevents the growth of additional leaves away from base of the plant.
How to slow Undesirable Growth
If you do notice unwanted outward growth there is a very simple solution. You can simply split or divide the snake plant and remove any leaves that are not needed. You could also plant the divided sections into separate pots if you are wanting to grow and maintain multiple plants. Snake plants do very well when divided as their root system is rhizome.
A Rhizome root system is a horizontal root system that allows new shoots and leaves to grow from the soil while maintaining its horizontal position. splicing the rhizome between the shoots allows separate plants to grow and establish from the separate pieces.
If the unwanted growth is upward rather than outward then you can cut the leaf at your desired height. The leaf as we explained previously will not continue to grow.
Be aware that by curbing both upward and outward growth that it is possible you will push your Sansevieria into blooming. Without the ability to grow in either direction, the snake plant will often try to propagate elsewhere.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the Sansevieria does not bloom often/ This method can be used as a way to encourage blooming and only causes mild stress to the plant. However after blooming, the plant will probably stop growing new leaves.
The snake plant has many unique qualities that make it a great choice for gardeners. Though it may be hardy, taking care of it and following the above advice will help to maintain a healthy and vibrant plant.
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Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
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