Do you have a snake plant whose pot bulges out of control? The foliage seems to be suffering, doesn’t it? In this case, you may want to consider repotting the snake plant.
This is not a difficult task. A second plant will be created if you divide the plant at the same time, depending on its age!
Best Time to Repot?
You should repot your plants late in the winter or very early in the spring. In this way, the plant is not in active growth mode when the transplant is done.
It can be performed year-round if required. When roots start creeping through your pot’s drainage holes, it’s time to transplant. It is possible for plastic pots to bulge a bit. While watering, it will seem as though all the water is pouring straight through, and none is staying in the soil.
Gently turn the plant over by grasping the base and supporting it. Is the pot’s bottom filled with roots? Are you able to transfer the plant easily, or does it seem stuck? A bit more space is definitely necessary if it’s stuck.
When the mother-in-law’s tongue is rootbound, it doesn’t grow well. If one of these signs appears, or when it reaches that point, then you know it’s time to give it a try!
During repotting, you can also propagate snake plants through division. Later on, we’ll talk more about that.
Transplanting Snake Plants
We’ll get to how to transplant a snake plant once you know when.
You’ll need to choose a new pot first. Despite the pretty leaves, the mother in law’s tongue can be quite top-heavy because of the tall leaves. It’s critically important to choose a pot that is wider than deep, in order to ensure it won’t collapse under the weight of the plant.
It is best to find a container that is at least 1-2″ wider than its current container. Don’t increase the size too much. Root rot can occur as a result of excess moisture in the soil.
It’s also important to have an extremely well-draining soil. You should pick a soil that’s made for tropical houseplants because this plant prefers a dry environment. To increase the drainage of a potting soil, you can also add some succulent mix.
If you want to use an African violet soil combination with sand added for drainage, you can blend garden soil with peat moss, perlite, or builder’s sand in a blend.
Compost contributes to retaining moisture in a snake plant’s root ball, which poses a risk to the plant. Adding just a little goes a long way.
After you remove the plant from its previous pot, examine the roots. If you see dark or mushy spots on the roots, they have developed rot. Remove rotten portions using a clean, sterile knife.
You can also cut through large roots that wrap around the entire root ball with your knife. If you cut it only once, you won’t need to do so again. Stopping the roots from preventing further growth is the goal.
Plant the newly acquired plant in the pot and fill it with some of your potting mix. If planting it in its old pot, place it at the same depth, but bury it between 2″ and 3″ below the pot’s rim. Depending on how deep you want the soil, remove or add soil.
The soil does not have to be tamped down too hard. The soil needs to be sufficiently deep to support the plant, then water it in. You can fill in the sides to bring the soil back to the correct height if it sinks after watering.
Are you seeing? The process of repotting snake plants is quite simple!
When trimming rotten roots, avoiding transplant shock is essential. For a little while, you don’t want your plant to be overly stressed.
Sunlight is normally not a problem for snake plants. After transplantation, however, your light should be bright but indirect for at least a month. You may not need to worry about this if you transplant in the winter or spring when the sun isn’t too hot. During the summer, transplants should not be exposed to the sun.
You should also wait at least one month before fertilizing your plant. Taking this approach allows the roots to establish themselves again in their own space. When the roots are still tender from moving, you don’t want to burn them with fertilizer! They need some time, so be patient.
Make sure you water the pot when the top inch has dried out, but don’t overdo it. Any excess standing water in a saucer under the pot should be drained out. A large amount of moisture can cause roots to rot, as it can promote the growth of fungi.
What About Division?
There is a bit of finesse involved when dividing snake plants. It is necessary to determine where the division points are before splitting it up. Check the plant for twigs and leaves that disappear into the soil. Make it easier to find your individual stems by removing the plant from its pot.Grab one of these stems by the base and wiggle it a little. Try separating the roots a bit. Repeat the procedure until the root mass is loosen and the plants partially separated.
Sever the plants from the mass using a Japanese garden knife or sterilized razor blade. Plants can be kept together in clumps of two to three, or they can be separated into their own pots. Group your photos according to how they look best as a group.Following the above sections, repot your plants in separate pots after dividing them. Choose a pot that is roughly 1-2 inches wider than the root cluster of your divided plant.