We already know about the best fertilizer for snake plant, but how to fertilize snake plant? How you fertilize snake plant is also important to make your snake plant thrive. Here are how you fertilize snake plant.
How Do You Fertilize a Snake Plant?
Choose the right fertilizer and follow the instructions to the letter.
In a gallon of water, dissolve the fertilizer (1/4 tsp. or roughly 1ml) and use this water to fertilize the Snake plants.
Add a handful of compost at regular intervals or thereabouts because of the compost.
After fertilizing, make sure to water the plant.
How to Fertilize Snake Plant in Water?
Snake plants should be propagated in water, and the leaves should be kept in a jar with water.
“Are we supposed to fertilize a snake plant in the water?” is a query that springs to mind. This question does not have an easy answer.
During the growing season, many users prefer to add a little amount of water-soluble fertilizer to the jar.
However, I would advise against using fertilizer. Fertilizer is not required as much in the plant as it is in the soil because the plant is already stressed.
It is possible to choose not to fertilize the leaves of Snake plants kept in water. However, there is a catch and a small effort required.
To avoid an algal bloom, you should change the water in the jar periodically.
Algae will grow if the water is stagnant and not changed, affecting the snake plant’s growth.
The snake plants can absorb the proper amount of nutrients from the water if the water is changed frequently. In addition, tap water contains natural minerals that our plant requires.
What happens if you give your Snake Plant too much fertilizer?
If we have overfertilized our Snake plants, we will notice certain signs. Among them are the following:
Plant that is droopy and leggy
Leaf blight or leaf burn
Yellowing or browning leaves
Growth has been slowed.
The leaves’ margins are becoming brown.
Root rot is a common problem with snake plants. In addition, root rot may require immediate attention.
Root rot is a breeding ground for many diseases and issues.
Snake plants also attract pests and bugs, and in the case of spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids.
Hence, the rule of fertilizing is to fertilize less; that is, less is always better.
How to Fix an Over-fertilized Snake Plant?
If we notice any of the signs listed above, we must act quickly. It’s evident that we’ve overfertilized our snake plant, and we need to address it right away.
This scenario could get complicated, and we don’t want to deal with it. Despite this, action must be taken.
We’ll need to take the following steps:
Examine the plant for any signs of leaf or root damage.
Completely remove the yellow/brown leaves.
Remove the fertilizer with a spoon if it has settled in the top layer of the soil.
Never remove more than 25% of the soil throughout the aforementioned process, and if an excess is removed, consider replenishing it with fresh soil.
To flush away the surplus fertilizer, we’ll need to keep the plant under running water.
Repeat steps 3–4 at least three times more.
Check the soil and repot in a separate pot if it does not appear to be healthy.
For repotting, mix regular potting soil with a mixture of cactus potting soil and compost.
Water the plant after it has been repotted.
Do not fertilize the plant after the repot so that there is no stunted growth.
Following these steps, we will be able to bring back our Snake plants to life. However, take care of the developing plant now.