When it comes to houseplant care, watering is probably the one cultural habit that causes the most problems…
…especially overwatering, and where inexperienced gardeners can go wrong.
When considering environmental factors, individual plant needs, and our biology…
…it really isn’t that difficult. This application also applies to snake plant.
Watering needs are affected by the type of soil used as a potting medium, light exposure, temperature, and humidity.
These environmental factors change with the seasons, as does watering.
A room with a wood stove or forced-air heating will dry out plants faster than one without these conditions.
Hanging plants tend to dry out less quickly than plants in pots on a table.
Placing plants in a tray of pebbles that is kept moist will allow them to retain moisture longer.
Using a room humidifier also helps.
Watch the weather too, and try not to water plants by windows when it is very cloudy outside…
…or forecast to be cloudy and rainy.
They won’t get sun to help dry them out, and so may stay too wet for too long.
A good potting soil will have good aeration and water drainage, yet will hold onto some water as well.
Most of these mixes contain a lot of peat moss.
Some of the newer organic mixes drain well, but hold little water.
Here we have story from Rosa, about having an experience watering her snake plant and how to do it properly!
Let us hear Rosa’s story
I had recently received a snake plant as a gift from my friend and was excited to give it the best care.
But I found out that this type of plant has some specific needs, so I did some research online about how to water it.
Turns out, you should only water your snake plant when the soil just barely starts getting dry…
…if too much moisture gets on the leaves they can get moldy!
So I read through all the advice and tips and set up a schedule for myself.
Just last week, my dad said he could help me take care of my new pet…
…because he’s an avid gardener with lots of experience in plants like these.
Man, I was a hard thing to do because usually I have a houseplant too…
…but not like this succulent plant which no need to regular watering.
But in no time, now I know how to treat this plant properly!
Easy does it with the watering. You want to be careful not to overdo it because your plant will rot out. Always make sure the soil is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again. Water your Snake Plants every 2-6 weeks, depending on your home’s temperature, light levels, and humidity.Geoff Bercovich, former Co-op Farm Member.
Here’s the thing that you should know!
Watering Snake Plant
Snake plant, also called mother-in-law’s tongue, is a perfect houseplant to grow easily.
It only needs a minimum amount of care and can thrive in a variety of growing conditions…
…such as light intensity and soil type.
Although it prefers dry air and soil, there is not much else you need to accomplish to make it healthy and strong.
Taking care of it is as simple as watering it – this is crucial for Snake Plant care.
Do not overwater a plant as it will rot. Always make sure that the soil…
…is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again.
Keep your Snake Plants hydrated by watering them every 2-8 weeks on an average.
The watering schedule you choose will be influenced by factors such as your home and garden environment…
….soil type, and pot size.
In winter, I water my Snake Plants less frequently every 8 weeks for pots larger than 6 liters…
…when the temperatures are cooler and the sun is less intense.
You should know that this is the time of year when your houseplants like to rest.
Do not let water build up between the leaves where the cup forms…
..because this can lead to a mushy plant and ultimately rot.
When to Water Snake Plant
There are several ways to determine if your plants need water.
First, if you rub your thumb on the compost’s surface, you can tell if it needs water.
Using this method, water only when the compost feels dry and has no sponginess left.
You can use cotton reels attached to pencils to tap on clay pots.
A dull note will let you know the compost is moist. If it rings, water that plant.
You can also use moisture-indicator strips. Just insert them into the compost and leave them.
So that you can know when to water, their color will change when the compost gets dry.
Then they sell moisture meters that have a pencil-like probe that you insert…
…into the compost to read the moisture level on a dial.
These are pretty accurate, but if you use them constantly, the probe can damage the roots.
Why So Little Water
The reason is that snake plants have evolved a metabolic process known as crassulacean acid metabolism.
The stomata of plants exchange gases and release water vapor as they do so.
The stomata of many plants can be opened or closed in response to their environment…
…but Sansevieria only opens its stomata at night to conserve water.
Snake plants use 95% of their water through transpiration and expel the rest through gas exchange.
Plants are often referred to as a “necessary evil” for the process of gas exchange.
But animals don’t have this problem. They have stoma that open only at night as a result they retain water…
…much longer than any other houseplant.
If we continually fill them up then they will become waterlogged and begin to rot with enough water.
During the summer, you can still get away with watering the plant every few weeks…
…even sometimes taking a month between drinks.
How to Water Your Snake Plant?
The Snake Plant is generally an easy plant to grow and there aren’t many issues you may encounter…
….except the watering issue. Poor watering is the foremost cause of Sansevieria problems.
You need to be careful while watering your snake plant. It is crucial not to splash water on the leaves.
Doing so might cause them to rot. Many houseplants will be affected by this…
…especially snake plants since they have so many leaves.
Also keep in mind your snake plant’s watering regime.
You should give it enough water, but you should never over-water it.
Over-watering leads to yellow leaves and soft and mushy bottoms.
It is important to stop watering if you notice this happening to prevent further problems for your plant.
It is extremely important to remember to allow the surface inch of soil to be dry before you water your plants again…
…so as to ensure proper watering.
Water should be applied in different amounts during the winter.
Make sure that your plant is only sufficiently watered so that it isn’t completely drier during the course of the winter.
Avoid overwatering your plant because it will cause its roots to rot.
Basic Ways to Water Houseplants
The most used way of watering houseplants is by letting water dribble out…
….of a small watering can straight onto the compost.
This is known as “over the rim” and the goal is to fill the space above the compost to the rim of the pot with water.
One way to water your plants is to set them in bowls of water and let them “drink” what they need.
When the plant is removed from the water bowl, all excess water will drain away.
Misting air plants (such as Tillandsias ) involves soaking the leaves with water.
Other plants are watered by filling their little flower or leaf cups with water.
Last but not least…
Watering Houseplants on Vacation
Some people faithfully tend to their houseplants throughout the year.
However, these loving plants begin to deteriorate and die when their loving owners go on vacation…
….letting them lose their life for weeks at a time.
Consider watering your plants with an automatic system rather than relying on neighbors. Neighbors get busy.
During the week before you leave for vacation, water them several times.
Your large plants can be left in their saucers, but place them on plastic sheeting in a lightly shaded room.
If you plan on taking a week or ten days off during your vacation, your plants will still be fine during this time.
Small plants can be put into large trays with 1cm of water at the bottom.
This should keep them alive for a little while as long as they are kept in a lightly shaded room.
There are also a number of ways you can propagate spider plants.
It is best to place the other end of the mat into a bowl of water and at that point place your plants on the mat.
This works best for plants in plastic containers filled with peat-based composts.
See having Snake plant is good choice for you to have! It’s cool, its famous, it’s easy to have and care!
What else do you need? In this pandemic time like this, is a good choice for you to have an new activity…
…and having snake plant is a good choice for you to have!
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some method for watering Snake Plant?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
I hope you can now take care your snake carefully and grow it big!
Thanks for reading this article! Bye!