How To Do It? I’m not An Expert!
Relax! You will become and expert after this! Lets start with this!
Does snake plant ‘s pot bulge out excessively? Does the foliage seem to be affected?
If so, repotting snake plant may be necessary. The task isn’t difficult.
Depending on the age of your plant, you may be able to divide it at the same time, thus making a second plant!
The video above will tell you how to do it properly so you can help your snake plant grow more and more!
So here we have story of Dave about his experience having an experience repotting snake plant.
Let us hear Dave’s story
It was a beautiful day when I went to repot my snake plant.
My mom had purchased this little plant for me at the local nursery…
….and I really wanted to keep it alive so that it would stay in our apartment.
So, one day while I was waiting for some rice to cook on the stove, I decided to take care of my snake plant.
I grabbed my potting soil and some cotton balls from a drawer by the sink…
….before walking over to where my little friend was sitting with his leaves drooping down.
He looked sad! So I got him out of his old pot and into a new one, placing him in fresh dirt…
….with enough room around him that he wouldn’t feel cramped or suffocated again.
Well, from the next day after I repotting it. It’s grow so well!
I’m so proud of my self for repotting my snake plant so it can breath and grow peacefully now.
The timing is up to you, but you don’t need to repot snake plants until they’ve broken the pot they’re in, or they’re so big they’re falling over.Marlie Graves, professional interior horticulturist.
Here’s the main thing that you should know!
When Should I Repotting This?
When this is done in late winter or very early spring the plant is not in active growth mode…
….and is thus placed in the best condition for transplanting.
In any case, it can be done at any time of the year.
You’ll know when it’s time when roots creep through the drainage holes of the pot.
Plastic pots may start to bulge a bit.
The moisture will disappear from the soil when watering.
Take hold of the root system and gently turn the plant over.
Look for signs of root expansion or whether the plant is in a “stuck” position.
If it’s in a “stuck” position, it’s definitely time for a bigger pot.
Despite its fondness for being rootbound, the mother-in-law’s tongue…
…has trouble surviving when it’s left with nothing but roots.
Therefore, when it reaches that point, or if one of the other signs appear, you will know it’s time to get it done!
Snake plants can also be propagated through division while they are replanted.
We will discuss that in more detail further along.
A snake plant’s tall foliage can make it top-heavy, so it is often grown in pots that are wider than they are deep.
When choosing a new pot, choose one that is 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter than the old container.
Fill the pot about one-third full with a soil-based potting…
….medium or a pot formulated for tropical houseplants.
Make sure it has at least one bottom drainage hole to ensure excess water can drain quickly after watering.
There are many types of pots to use and choose from with Sansevierias.
They can come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
Many gardeners use plastic pots since they are economical and easy to maintain.
A pot is an important decision on what to use.
The size of the container will depend on the age of your snake plant and its size…
…but of course you can add your house plant to any type of pot you want.
Snake plant transplanting is easy if you know how!
Now that you know when to do it, let’s talk about how to plant a snake plant.
A new pot is essential to the mother in law’s tongue plant since the plant can become quite top-heavy with tall leaves.
The pot must be fairly wide as well as deep, as this will help ensure it doesn’t tip over from the plant’s weight.
Find a pot that is about 1-2′′ wider than its current pot.
Do not double the size of the pot. Extra soil may create pockets of moisture, which can lead to root rot.
You’ll also need a well-draining soil.
This plant likes to be a bit on the dry side, so pick a tropical houseplant-specific potting soil.
You can also add some succulent mix to a standard potting mix to increase drainage.
I like to use an African violet soil blend with a bit of sand added for drainage.
You can also use a blend of one part garden soil, one part peat moss, and two parts perlite or builder’s sand.
A little compost is good, but stay away from adding too much. Compost tends to hold moisture.
This may pose a risk to the snake plant’s root ball. A little bit goes a long way here.
Once you remove the plant from its previous pot, make sure not to damage the root ball.
Examine the roots. If there are dark or soft spots on them, they have rot.
Use a clean, sterile knife to cut the rotten portions off.
If there are large roots that surround the entire root ball, make sure you cut through those as well.
You shouldn’t need to cut it more than once.
The goal is to stop the roots from hindering further growth.
Place some potting mix in the new pot and place the plant on top.
Keep it at the same depth that the plant was in its old pot, but keep it within 2′′ of the pot’s rim.
You need to remove or add soil to get the right depth.
Do not tamp it down too hard. Just make sure it’s in there well enough to hold the plant, and then water it in.
If the soil sinks after watering, you can add more soil around the sides to bring it back to the right height.
See? It’s actually quite easy to repot snake plants!
Post Transplant Care
It’s important to avoid transplant shock, especially if the rotten roots needed to be removed.
You don’t want your plant stressed for a while.
Most snake plants tolerate full sun conditions, but for at least a month after transplant, choose sunny, indirect light.
This is less important if you transplant in late winter or early spring when the sun doesn’t get super-hot.
Summer transplants should definitely be kept away from direct sunlight.
Let your plant rest a month, too. This allows the roots to re-establish themselves in their new surroundings.
The last thing you want to do is burn your roots when they’re still tender from moving! So give them some time.
You should water the pot when the upper half of the pot has dried out, yet not overwater.
If you keep a saucer under it, drain excess standing water out.
Too much standing water can kill the roots by promoting rot development.
Last but not least…
So.. What About The Division?
Dividing snake plants requires a little finesse.
You need first to determine where the division points are before you can split the plant up.
Removing your plant from its pot, especially where the leaves and stems disappear into the soil…
..will make it easier to find individual stems.
Put your hands on the base of one of the stems and wiggle.
The roots should make a bit of noise and you can tease them apart.
Continue the process until the root mass is loosen and the plants are partially separated.
Remove the plants from the mass with a Japanese garden knife or a sterilized razor blade.
If necessary, separate each individual plant into its own pot, or keep two or three clumped together.
Decide what looks best together and go with that.
Once you’ve divided them, follow the instructions above on how to repot them in separate pots.
Choose pots that are approximately 2 to 3 inches bigger than your divided plant’s root cluster.
That’s exactly how simple it is to repot snake plants!
The best part is that you only have to do it every 2-3 years!
Besides being happy for your snake plant, you’ll be happy for getting new plants!
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 that can help you for repotting your 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!