How Much Water Do Snake Plants Need? In-Depth Guide


Indoor snake plants in container.

The snake plant is an easy growing indoor plant. If you are a beginner you will have no problem growing it indoors.

But, like other indoor plants, it needs certain growing conditions. Water is one of the requirements of growing healthy snake plants.

You need to water snake plants when the soil dries up. It is better to use room temperature water.  Make sure that the water does not stay on the pot. If the water is not drained out the root and leaves can rot.

How Much Water Do Snake Plants Need?

First water it lightly, the next watering must be done when the soil dries up. The plant is resistant to relatively long periods without water. When the temperature is low and the plant is in shade water less frequently.

  • In summer, water once a week.
  • In winter 1-2 times a month

Avoid Excess watering in winter. Overwatering may cause damage to the leaves. They will begin to turn yellow and rot at the base.

Determining Watering Frequency

You may be surprised to know that incorrect watering is one of the main reasons for the diseases of your snake plants.

So, it is very important to determine the frequency of watering for your snake plant. Here are the incorrect watering scenarios:

  • Overwatering: Snake plants suffer due to incorrectly selected irrigation frequencies and the amount of water used for single irrigation. Overwatering can lead to snake plant root rot.
  • Drying out: Lack of moisture causes the snake plant container soil to dry out. Without water, plants struggle to continue normal growth. Read this article to know the signs of an underwatered snake plant and ways to revive it.

At this point, you should be able to figure out the watering problem. Now, you need to figure out the watering schedule. Let’s talk about that.

When to Water Snake Plant`

Here are some situations which are important to understand before determining the watering frequency and when to water your snake plant:

Simple way to determine when to water your snake plant is to checking the potting soil. You can do it by digging your finger into the soil up to two knuckle.

Now, you can feel if there is dryness or moisture remaining within the potting soil. If there is dryness then you can go for watering.

If you do not your finger to get dirty then use a pencil or any kind of stick. If soil is dry below two inches from the top layer then it’s time to water your snake plant.

Snake plants can go without water for more than a month but you can not overwater at a time. This will cause rotting of the roots and it can be fatal for your snake plant.

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Factors Affecting Watering Schedule

You need to consider certain environmental parameters. This will help you determine the right water frequency for your snake plant.

⦿ The pot size and materials influence the water-retaining capacity. In a small terracotta container, the water dries faster. In this case, you need to determine the watering capacity keeping that in mind. The best thing to do is manually checking the moisture level or using a moisture meter.

⦿ If the container is very large then a significant part of the potting soil is not covered with roots. So there might be a risk of overwatering. In this case, your tendency will be to water your snake plant according to the size of the container. But you need to Consider the plant size and its needs.

⦿ Your snake plant has brown spots, root rots, or snake plant turning yellow and soft then you should water less frequently besides treatment. Because any kind of disease slows down the physiological processes in the plant and so it tends to use less water.

⦿ Surrounding environmental factors like changes in lighting, temperature, humidity affects the watering schedule. Your pot water will evaporate quickly in low humidity and high temperature.

At this point, I tried to describe all the important aspects of determining the watering frequency for your snake plant as well as for other indoor plants.

Now, I want to share some information that will help you determine if your plant is suffering from a lack of water or over water.

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Principles of Watering

snake plant container and watering can

⦿ In winter you should water snake plant less frequently and less abundantly than in summer;

⦿In winter, be sure to drain the water collected in the container after watering;

⦿ Clay pots have a porous structure and easily absorb moisture from the soil;

⦿ If there is no drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, you need to put a drainage layer of stones or other non-degradable material.  This helps to keep away excess water from the roots.

Visual signs of dehydration:

⦿ The leaves become translucent;

⦿ Leaves and flowers fall off prematurely;

⦿ The leaf edges turn brown, brown tips and dry out;

⦿ The lower leaves twist and dry.

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Early Signs of Overwatering

⦿ Young and old leaves fall at the same time;

⦿ A rotten smell appeared in the pot; the roots disappear due to the lack of oxygen;

⦿ Water stagnates in the pot after watering;

⦿ Mold appears on the surface of the substrate;

⦿ The leaf does not grow, and brown necrotic spots appear on it;

⦿ Healthy white roots change color to brown.

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Snake Plant Consume an Increased Amount of Water:

⦿ when there is active plant growth;

⦿ when the leaf of the plant is thin and tender;

⦿ when the plant is illuminated by direct sunlight;

⦿ if there is a lot of foliage;

⦿ if the roots completely filled the pot;

⦿ if the plant grows in a relatively small space;

⦿ if the plant grows in dry air (Central heating);

⦿ if the plant has grown according to its origin in a swamp or wetland;

⦿ if the plant grows in a ceramic pot.

Water requirement reduced if:

⦿ The plants rest after flowering or fruiting;

⦿ The plants are grown in a cool room;

⦿ After transplantation;

⦿ Growing in high humidity conditions;

⦿ The plant stores water (cacti, succulents).

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Conclusion:

Water is an essential part of plant growth. So, it is very crucial to ensure proper watering for your indoor snake plant.

As snake plants do not need frequent watering you need to determine the frequency of watering. I hope this article will be very helpful for you and clear all the confusion about watering frequency.

So, if you have any questions or suggestions please let me know by dropping a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer your queries.

Arifur Rahman

I'm the owner of gardenforindoor.com. After completing my bachelor of science in agriculture, I'm serving as a civil service officer at the Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh. I started Garden For Indoor to make your indoor gardening journey easy and enjoyable.

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