The Charm of Snake Plants: Repotting and Growing

Snake plants are one of the most popular houseplants to grow. They come in many varieties, and they’re easy to maintain with their low water needs and ability to thrive in different conditions. However, this means that over time your snake plant will outgrow its pot! Don’t worry though – I’ll give you a few tips on repotting your snake plants so that they can continue living happily in your home.

When Should I Repot?

The key to successful repotting is timing. Since snake plants can grow quickly, if you wait too long they may have grown out of their pot before the new one has time to take root and start growing in it.

The best times are when your plant’s roots look like they’re starting to peek through the drainage holes at the bottom or when you notice that the root ball is starting to form a perfect circle in your pot. If they’re still too small, repotting won’t be necessary for another month or two – but now’s the time to start planning and preparing!

Why Should You Repot?

It’s important to repot your plants every year or so because they will eventually outgrow the size of their pot. This is especially true for snake plants because, as mentioned before, they tend to grow in a circular shape and don’t have much height – so even if you get them into a bigger pot now it may not be enough in a year’s time! That might sound like you’re giving up on the plant, but it really is just what they need to grow healthy and strong.

Expert Tip: You can take your snake plants outside during the summer months – just be sure not to leave them out overnight or for too long as this could lead to sunburns

What is the best soil for a snake plant?

This is an issue that varies from person to person, but in general, they prefer looser soils with fewer nutrients and more water retention than other plants might need. Lots of people use a cactus mix or garden soil mixed with peat moss or coconut coir – these all provide excellent drainage and airflow for the snake plant.

What Type of Pot Should I Use?

The best type of container is one with lots of drainage holes and a pot that is at least two inches larger than the one you’re using now. A wider, shallower container will work better for these plants because they tend to grow in more of a circular shape rather than wide towards the top like other houseplants do, so it’s easier to give them enough space without bending or breaking the branches. The size of the pot is also dependent on the size of your snake plant.

What should I do with my old pot?

If you have any other plants that are still small enough, these make excellent candidates for an interim home while we wait out those last weeks or months! Otherwise, most people sell their pots on sites like Craigslist since there’s always someone looking to buy one who has just bought a new houseplant and needs something bigger.

Materials Needed To Repotting

– A new pot that is two inches larger than the one your plant currently lives in

– Potting soil (cactus mix, garden soil mixed with peat moss or coconut coir)

– Water

Pruning shears (if your snake plant is in a hanging planter)

How do you repot a snake plant?

Step-By-Step Directions On How To Repot Snake Plant

Shares steps to the process of how to successfully pot and grow a snake plant.

Step One: Carefully remove the old soil from around the roots of your snake plant. You can use a potting scoop or just gently pull it out, being careful not to break any parts off. Though they’re called “snake plants,” these guys love tight spaces! They don’t need a lot of space for their roots to grow and thrive – so if you’re using one with a pot that’s too small, they’ll have trouble.

Step Two: Once you’ve removed the old soil and are left with a root ball or dense clump of roots, gently loosen the roots by scrubbing them with your fingers – this will help give space for new growth to start happening! You may want to use water if it gets messy.

Step Three: Put some of your new soil into the bottom of your pot and gently press it down to create a flat surface. You want an inch or two extra space in the top for water, so make sure you don’t fill up the entire container if that’s what size you’re using!

Step Four: Carefully put your snake plant onto this layer – again, being careful not to break any parts off as they may be fragile until roots have grown back together. Place them at their original depth from when they were first planted unless they’ve outgrown the pot over time due to root growth (see step one).

Step Five: Fill around and under the plant with more cactus mix or garden soil mixture, and gently press down again to make a flat surface.

Step Six: Place the pot in an area with plenty of light or undergrow lights if necessary and water every two days!

How Often To Water Snake Plant?

A lot of people find that watering their snake plant once a week is the perfect amount for these plants! They don’t need to be watered every day like other houseplants because they store water in their leaves. If it’s really hot or cold out, you may want to increase this number – but remember if it rains outside then your plant won’t need to be watered as much, so keep that in mind too!

How Often Should I Fertilize?

Never, it’s not necessary and may actually cause problems with your snake plant. They love the natural minerals of water that you provide through watering every couple of days or so – they don’t need artificial supplements to grow well. If anything, fertilizing might be too much for them!

How Much Light Does A Snake Plant Need?

A lot of people find that the snake plant likes plenty of light or a grow-light, but there are some who say they do better in shade. It’s really up to you and your personal preference – if it’s too much for your houseplant, just move them somewhere else with less direct sunlight!

Transplanting Snake Plants – Why Do I Need To?

A lot of people find that when their snake plant outgrows its pot, they need to be transplanted into a bigger container. This is because the roots have started growing beyond what’s safe for them in this tight space – or if it needs more water! The leaves will tell you everything you need to know about your snake plant’s needs – if they start to droop or turn a brownish color, that means it needs more water. If their roots have started growing out the bottom of the pot and onto other things in your house, that means it might need to be transplanted soon!

Post-Transplant Care

After your snake plant has been transplanted, it’s important to make sure you give them plenty of time for their roots to reattach and grow back together. This can take up to a few weeks depending on the size of the transplant! You may want to water less often during this period so that they don’t get too wet or over-watered.

What About Division?

If your snake plant is getting too big for its original pot, you might want to divide it instead of transplanting it. This means taking off the top part and planting in a new container – as long as there’s enough room! You can also try dividing your other plants if they’re not doing well anymore or have stopped growing altogether.


Now you know what to do when your snake plant needs a new pot! It’s simple and saves the old one for another use. You’ll be able to keep enjoying this beautiful houseplant in your home, which is just as good of a reason to repot as any!

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