How much water do large Snake plants need?
If you have been growing this plant for a while, you might have faced issues with too much or not enough water.
This happens due to several reasons.
And that's what I'm going to talk about in this guide.
So, let's get started.
How Much To Water A Large Snake Plant
In general, a large Snake plant needs about 1 to 2 inches of water per week.
However, this may vary depending on the size and type of plant, as well as the climate and weather conditions.
For example, during the hot summer months, your plant will need more water than usual.
On the other hand, it will need less water during the cold winter months.
But if your plant has grown significantly, you must be regular with its watering schedule.
Otherwise, your plant will suffer from drought stress and eventually die.
And I'm sure you don't want that to happen.
So, here's a simple watering strategy for your large Snake plant -
- Water your plant every 7-10 days during the spring and summer months.
- Water it every 10-14 days during the fall and winter months.
- And if you live in an area with extremely hot or cold weather conditions, adjust the watering schedule accordingly.
Follow these three simple rules, and you won't have to worry about over or under-watering your large Snake plant.
Now, let's talk about how to water your large Snake plant properly.
How To Water A Large Snake Plant
Here are the steps to follow -
1. Check The Soil Before Watering Your Plant
Even though it's a good idea to water the Snake plant at specific intervals, you should always check the soil before watering it.
The water requirements of the plant may change depending on the type of soil, temperature, and weather conditions.
So, how do you go about checking the soil?
It's actually quite simple.
Just insert your finger about 2-3 inches into the soil.
If it feels dry, it's time to water your plant.
But if it feels moist or wet, you can still wait a few days before watering it.
2. Use Room Temperature Water
Another important thing to remember is to use room temperature water to water your large Snake plant.
Hot or cold water can shock the plant and damage its roots.
So, always use room temperature water to avoid any problems.
If you live in an area with hard water, you can also use distilled water or rainwater to water your plant.
Similarly, if you live in an area with extremely hot weather conditions, you can water your plant with cool water to prevent the roots from getting damaged.
3. Water The Plant Slowly And Evenly
Once you've checked the soil and collected room temperature water, it's time to water your plant.
But don't water it too vigorously or too slowly.
Instead, water it slowly and evenly until the water starts to seep out of the drainage holes.
Note: This should only be done when the soil looks absolutely dry and you haven't watered the plant for long.
Normally, you can just water the plant till the soil turns wet.
There is no need to water deeply on such occasions.
4. Let The Soil Dry Out Before Watering Again
After watering your plant, let the soil dry out completely before watering it.
This goes without saying, but too much water can kill the plant.
So, just enjoy your plant and don't rush to water it again.
And that's all there is to it.
Just remember, you should never water it from the top.
This generally leads to leaf-related issues in this type of plant.
In the next section, I have shared some suggestions on how you can save an overwatered plant.
Do take a look at it if you wish to know more.
5 Tips To Revive Your Overwatered Snake Plant
No matter how careful you are, there will be times when you accidentally overwater your plant.
But don't worry, it's not the end of the world.
You can still save your plant if you act quickly.
Here are a few things you can do -
1. Stop Watering The Plant
Yes, your plant might look a little dull and lifeless, but that's because it has been overwatered.
If you water it again, it will only make things worse.
So, the best thing to do is to stop watering the plant immediately.
Let the soil become dry and loose.
In the meanwhile, you can continue to follow the steps suggested below.
2. Repot The Snake Plant
This is pretty straightforward.
There is no point in growing your plant in wet soil.
When you feel the plant is overwatered and showing some signs of stress, it's time to repot it.
But before you do that, make sure the plant is completely dry.
It's also good to use fresh potting mix while repotting.
This way, you can be sure the plant will get the required drainage.
And the roots will remain relatively dry in the new soil.
3. Cut The Leaves
Pruning is essential at this stage because it gives an opportunity to revive the plant.
So, cut off all the leaves that are yellow or brown.
You can remove any damaged roots, but don't go overboard.
Note: If your Snake plant doesn't have many leaves, you can skip this step completely.
4. Allow The Plant To Rest
After repotting and pruning, it's important to let the plant rest for a while.
The good thing about large Snake plants is they recover quickly from such issues.
So, you don't have to wait longer.
But still, give some time to your plant so that it can recuperate and get back to its original state.
5. Resume Normal Watering
When you feel the plant requires water, you can start watering it again.
But stick to the watering schedule suggested in this article.
Otherwise, you might end up overwatering the plant again.
And then, you won't have too many options to save your large Snake plant.
Well, that's all for now.
In the following section, I have shared some of the most frequently asked questions about Snake plants.
Do check them out if you have any doubts.
If you see the leaves drooping or wilting, it's a sign that the plant is not getting enough water.
On the other hand, if the leaves are yellow or brown, it means the plant is getting too much water.
So, these are the two signs you need to look for while watering your Snake plant.
Not really, Snake plant is succulent, and it doesn't require too much water.
You just have to water it regularly, though.
I would suggest watering your plant once a week or when the soil gets dry.
Yes, Snake plants can get too much water, and it's not good for them.
It can lead to different problems like leaf drops, yellowing of leaves, etc.
So, don't overwater your plant.
During the summer, you need to water your Snake plant more often.
Ideally, you should water it once a week.
But if you feel the plant requires more water, you can water it accordingly.
In such cases, you don't have to be particular about the watering schedule.
After repotting, you need to water your plant less frequently.
I would suggest watering it once in 10-15 days.
But again, the frequency may vary depending on the plant's size and the type of potting mix used.
Also, if the plant is already suffering from root rot or similar issues, you need to be very careful while watering it.
Over To You
When it comes to watering large Snake plants, it can be a tricky job at times.
Sometimes, the plant might need more water, and sometimes, it might need less.
But thankfully, it's a forgiving plant, and it can recover quickly from such issues.
So, don't be too worried about it.
You can follow the guide above if you encounter any problems while watering your plant.
And if you have any doubts or queries, feel free to ask me in the comments section below.
I would be happy to help you out.
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