Why is my snake plant drooping?

There are a couple of possible reasons your snake plant is drooping. You could have wrongly watered the plant or given it the wrong kind of soil. 

Your snake plant may also be suffering from root rot or extreme cold. Like all sorts of plants, snake plants require proper and specific care, after all.

So, in this guide, we will be listing the common causes of why your snake plant is wilting and what you can do to remedy it.

1) Meager Watering

Meager Watering

Even though snake plants can tolerate periods of dry spells, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t water them.

When that happens, the leaves and stem can grow limp and dry because the plant won’t be able to carry out photosynthesis, its process of making food. Without this process, it can’t live.

So aim to water your snake plant regularly every two to four weeks. During sweltering heat, you have to water it more often.

Keep the watering depth at two to four inches of the soil.

2) Poor Drainage

Poor Drainage

Poor drainage means that the water won’t flow out from the pot.

This leaves the soil wet and moist for longer than it needs and prevents soil aeration As a result, the root can rot and become damaged, causing the leaves to wrinkle and wilt.

To solve the problem of slow drainage, use dry, loamy, and high-acidic or neutral soil (from 5.5 to 7 on the pH scale) for the snake plant. 

In addition, you can repot the snake plant in a plant vessel with drainage holes before giving it as a gift. These holes enable the water to escape so the plant will remain nice and healthy.

3) Root Rot

Root Rot

Root rot is a type of mold disease caused by slow drainage and overwatering. So it will result in damaged and mushy roots and drooping leaves.

Rather than dig up dirt from your backyard, buy a commercial pot mix that’s free of insects and not hard because these will crucially affect the growth of your snake plant.

Also, stick to your watering schedule. Don’t give the plant more or less water than it needs.

4) Winter Damage

Winter Damage

Another culprit of wilted snake plant leaves is winter or cold damage.

Snake plants are fairly hardy and can withstand an area with a temperature of 50℉ (10℃) but not below that range. Furthermore, they find it hard to cope with a sudden change of environment from warm to cold.

As a result, the leaves of the snake plant will get limp and soft. And the worst-case scenario is the plant can die under intense cold, so it may be best to withhold your gifting until the next season.

So, remember to put the tropical snake plant in a place that has a temperature between 60℉ and 80℉. And also, before the freezing winter, you might want to transfer the plant indoors to protect it.

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