The snake plant (commonly known as sansevieria) is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for.
Researchers at NASA have demonstrated that sansevieria plants need oxygen to survive and break down toxins.
It is easy to grow snake plants and they come in many varieties and cultivars. They come in different leaf colors and shapes, which has led to nicknames – mother-e-law’s tongue and bowstring hemp.
It thrives in a wide range of lighting conditions, from full sun, bright indirect light, or low light, all equally well.
Apart from their beauty, these plants also have an impact on air quality.
Would you like to give back anything to these wonderful low-maintenance plants as a thanks for their hard work?
The good news is you can always try and maintain a healthy snake plant indoors with good soil. It may also help it recover from an accidental overwatering or damage, as it has been known to do in the past.
Does Snake Plant Need a Special Type of Soil?
The snake plant can be susceptible to root rot since it is a succulent plant. This means that an appropriate soil mix is essential.
Make your own succulent potting mix or purchase one of the commercial cactus and succulent mixes.
Pots that are plastic are fine, but terracotta provides a better drainage than plastic pots.
There are numerous top-quality potting soil brands available, but three brands tend to stand out:
Miracle-Gro is the most famous brand of plant food.
Various woodland-based ingredients are blended with perlite and sand to make their cactus palm and citrus potting media.
It provides a fast-draining and nutrient-rich planting medium.
Ramsey Succulent Potting Mix
Ramsey succulent soil’s main ingredient is seaweed. Perlite and sand are also used to create a mix with great drainage and nutritional value.
rePotme Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix
These succulents prefer rich, hand-made mixes that include small pieces of bark, pumice, stalite, and diatomaceous earth.
By using the latter, you get excellent natural pest control in this mix.
Does Snake Plant Potting Mix Work with Commercial Soil?
Like children, plants are unlike one another. Their personalities and preferences are unique as well.
Consequently, you may want to tweak the recipe a bit. If your snake plant isn’t happy, consider adding a little more to a commercial mix.
There is still a possibility of drainage problems. Adding some gravel to the bottom of the pot will help.
Try adding perlite or pumice if your mix does not drain well.
To add nutrients to the potting soil, you can add a small amount of rich potting soil (no more than 14% of the final mix).
Recipes for Snake Plant Soil
A great thing about growing snake plants is that you don’t need to buy a special mix to develop a perfect medium.
To make an easy mix, you need:
- 2 parts of coarse sand or perlite
- 1 part peat moss or coconut coir
- 1 part garden soil or potting mix
Plants growing inside should not be planted in garden soil.
When creating your own soil mix, remember:
- The soil must have good drainage
- It should be loose enough that repotting snake plants hardly requires any effort.
Snake plants can be salvaged if they have root rot.
- Removing the root ball
- Trim away the diseased roots and leaves
- Repot in a fresh potting medium
The ideal potting medium is one made of granules without soil.
Peat moss is great for absorbing excess moisture from the air, but it dries out rather quickly. To avoid this, use coconut coir in place of peat moss if making your own snake plant mix.
Snake Plant Soil FAQ
Can I use succulent soil for snake plant?
Yes, succulent soil mixes work great for Sansevieria plants.
Do snake plants like coffee grounds?
Coffee grounds are good for acid loving plants. Adding coffee grounds to your compost heap is a good idea.
But, stay away from using them on your snake plants.
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