A snake plant also called mother-in-law’s tongue or viper’s bowstring hemp is a succulent native to Africa. It is one of the most popular houseplants in the world and can live for many years with little care. If you want to move your snake plant to a new location it is best to transplant it in the spring.
Choose a new pot that is only slightly larger than the old one and has drainage holes. If the pot is too large the snake plant will become root bound and will not grow well. Fill the bottom of the pot with gravel to help with drainage.
Fill the pot with a well-draining potting mix. You can make your own by mixing 1 part perlite or vermiculite with 2 parts potting soil.
Gently remove the snake plant from its old pot. Be careful not to damage the roots. Inspect the roots and trim any that are damaged or excessively long.
Place the snake plant in the new pot and fill in around it with potting mix. Tamp down the mix lightly and water it in well.
Place the pot in a bright location out of direct sunlight. Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. Water your snake plant once every one to two weeks.
Fertilize your snake plant once a month during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the winter.
Your snake plant will likely not need to be repotted for several years. When it does need to be repotted follow the instructions above.
When is the best time to transplant a snake plant?
The best time to transplant a snake plant is in the spring.
How often should you transplant a snake plant?
You should transplant a snake plant every two to three years.
What type of soil should you use for a snake plant?
You should use a well-draining potting mix for a snake plant.
Does a snake plant need a lot of sunlight?
A snake plant does not need a lot of sunlight and can tolerate low light conditions.
How often should you water a snake plant?
You should water a snake plant every one to two weeks.
How do you know when a snake plant needs to be watered?
You will know a snake plant needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch.
What is the best way to water a snake plant?
The best way to water a snake plant is to water it from the bottom by filling a saucer with water and letting the plant soak it up from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
How do you fertilize a snake plant?
You should fertilize a snake plant every two to three months with a half-strength balanced liquid fertilizer.
What is the best way to propagate a snake plant?
The best way to propagate a snake plant is by division.
How do you divide a snake plant?
You can divide a snake plant by carefully removing it from the pot and then dividing the root ball into two or more sections with a sharp knife.
How do you replant a snake plant?
You should replant a snake plant in fresh potting mix water it well and then place it in a bright indirect light location.
What are some signs that a snake plant is not doing well?
Some signs that a snake plant is not doing well are yellowing leaves wilting and brown leaf tips.
What are some common causes of problems for snake plants?
Some common causes of problems for snake plants are too much or too little water too much or too little light and poor drainage.
How can you revive a snake plant that is not doing well?
You can revive a snake plant that is not doing well by making sure it is getting the right amount of water light and drainage.
What is the best way to avoid problems with snake plants?
The best way to avoid problems with snake plants is to provide them with well-draining soil water them from the bottom and place them in a bright indirect light location.