There doesn’t seem to be any roots on your snake plant, and without them, your plant won’t survive. Perhaps you got the snake plant in this condition from a gardening supply store, or perhaps a friend or coworker gave it to you. Is your snake plant doomed or is it possible to save it? Can a snake plant be saved without roots? If so, what steps would you take to do so?
What is the reason for your snake plant’s lack of roots? Most snake plants lack roots because they have been overwatered or have been attacked by a fungus that decimated the roots beneath the soil. You can propagate the snake plant by following these steps:
- Getting rid of damaged ends
- Using an antifungal (such as cinnamon) on the leaves
- Creating a potting mix with peat moss and perlite
- In the pot, arrange the snake plant leaves as upright as possible
- Maintaining and waiting for houseplants
- The purpose of this article is to provide more detailed information about why snake plants lack roots. Here is a longer explanation of the steps above so you’re prepared to get your snake plant growing again. Keep reading to find out more!
How Come My Snake Plant Doesn’t Have Roots?
You probably don’t have roots on your snake plant because they rotted away due to overwatering.
I’ll explain it in greater detail now. Snake plants or Sansevieria trifasciata have long, pointed leaves that stand straight up. That’s a good idea. Snake plant leaves are sometimes tippy and look floppy, according to some indoor gardeners. Although not all leaves are affected, there can be a few that are affected. There’s no denying that there’s an issue here.
At least most of the time, it indicates something more serious as well. The snake plant has rhizomes, or a stem underneath, which can produce adventitious roots and shoots. Water will be retained by your snake plant’s roots and leaves as well as the rhizome. This seems to be heading in the right direction.
As the latter contains more oxygen, soaking won’t harm your indoor plants. Tap water does not contain oxygen, however. Overwatering causes your snake plant to drown.
It is true that snake plants are known for being hardy indoor plants. It’s not a good idea to handle something just because it can handle some mistreatment. Even if it’s accidental, please don’t push the snake plant to its limits, because it absolutely has them. If the leaves contain too much water, they can become mushy and fall over. Similarly, the roots will rot. Therefore, your snake plant lacks roots.
Your snake plant may have been bought in this poor condition when you acquired it, as we mentioned in the introduction. Someone in your life may have given you their overwatered snake plant without having a green thumb. The clump’s base is lumpy but does not have roots, which is typical with such a houseplant. You could easily pull the leaves off the plant if you wanted to. If you examined their roots, you would find none.
Snake plant ownership is confusing because even in a state like this, your Sansevieria may appear fine. Several leaves may tip over, but not all of them. This could give you a false sense of confidence that your indoor plant is doing fine. Furthermore, your snake plant’s leaves may appear vibrant and healthy, adding to that false sense of confidence.
Snake Plant Propagation Through Existing Leaves
This is pretty bad for your snake plant when it’s this sick. The roots have decayed as a result of a lack of oxygen. It is amazing your houseplant is still alive. Other species of plants would not survive. A snake plant’s hardiness can be attributed to this problem.Can you help me get your plant to grow anew since it seems to be in reasonable condition? There’s no harm in trying. You can propagate new, healthier snake plants from the leaves of your rotten snake plant.
Get Rid of Dead Ends Leaves
As you pulled a few sad leaves from your snake plant, these are the ones you’ll use for propagation. You may wonder how we can grow anything from these dead leaves, but we’re not going to keep the dead parts.Using sterilized gardening shears, trim any ends of the leaves that appear worn. Those that are just beginning to deteriorate will appear yellow. Additionally, they can look black or dark brown. The damaged snake plant leaf ends have been reported to be “melted” by some indoor gardeners.Make small cuts, being careful to remove the dead parts. To avoid cutting too close to your snake plant’s decayed ends, you can cut some of the healthy, green leaves, but keep trimming as low as possible.
Consider Treating Your Leaves for Fungus
There is a possibility that your snake plant has no roots because of a fungal disease that has spread across the plant. It may not be possible to save that plant by following these steps. However, you might still want to proceed.Fresh leaves can be prevented from developing fungus with some cinnamon from your pantry. Apply some cinnamon to the ends of the leaves using your fingers. Let them rest for 24 hours at least.
Make an Easy Peat Moss and Perlite Potting Mix
In the meantime, spend some time preparing the next step of the process, or mixing peat moss and perlite to create your own potting soil. In this case, you should use two or three cups of perlite and two cups of peat moss together. You don’t have to water your potting mix as often when you use peat moss and perlite.After that, pour a little water in until the mixture feels moist, but not soggy.
Repot Your Snake Plant Leaves
It is recommended to fill the pot mainly with potting mix, leaving a space of 34 inches under the rim of the pot. After the 24-hour period has passed, you can take your snake plant leaf cuttings and add them to your new pot with the homemade potting mix.Put the snake plant cuttings upright when you transfer them to the new pot. For the leaf bases to stay secure, you will need to dig the potting mix a bit.
Keep Your Snake Plant Leaves Healthy
You can encourage growth of snake plant leaf cuttings by giving them a well-lit environment when they are ready to propagate. Snake plants prefer northern-facing windows because they provide sufficient light that isn’t too direct.You must keep the cuttings healthy while you wait for their growth. It’s time to water the potting mix when it feels dry. It’s important not to let the mix get too dry. Although overwatering put you and the snake plant in this situation, underwatering is just as bad. Too much dry weather will cause roots to shrivel up, once again resulting in their death.Take care of your houseplant cuttings and they should root into the potting mix within four weeks, maybe six. That will be obvious if the leaves don’t come right out when you give them a gentle tug.There’s no guarantee that propagation will work. Sometimes, it won’t work regardless of what you’ve done. Taking root is enough, even if only a few leaves do. You snake plant will continue to grow new leaves. Even if it doesn’t work out, you at least tried.
Caring Tips for Your Snake Plant
The snake plant you bought from the store or the one you recently propagated should not die. In the future, remember the following tips when caring for snake plants:
- Snake plant soil should only be watered when it is completely dry. To determine how dry your skin is, you can test it with your fingertip.
- Snake plants typically require one monthly watering year round, with a little more in the summer if they are receiving more light or heat.
- Use a damp, soft cloth to gently wipe the leaves off as needed to keep them vibrant and dust-free.
- It’s important to water correctly. Keeping the water level near the pot’s bottom promotes downward root growth, which can keep leaves of snake plants strong.
- Snake plants prefer bright light, but not direct sunlight.
- Every spring, you may need to change the pot of your snake plant.
- Despite growing indoors, Spring is generally the best time to repot or divide snake plants.