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10 Common Snake Plant Issues & How to Solve Them

Snake Plants (Sansevieria) are one of the most popular houseplants on the market, if not the most popular. Their structural shape, commonly referred to as mother-in-tongue, law’s is highly sought after, but they are mostly chosen for their ease of growth.

If you usually kill houseplants, this is the plant for you.

Many plant parents are surprised when they discover problems with their snake plant because of its extremely carefree nature. They are known to withstand a wide range of lighting conditions and can withstand a great deal of neglect. It’s hard to think of anything that could go wrong.

Unfortunately, your snake plants can suffer from a variety of issues, including drooping leaves, brown spots, and a lack of growth. Most, however, are simple to repair, and your snake plant should be back to normal in no time.


1. Drooping or bending leaves

Drooping or bending leaves could indicate a number of issues, the most common of which is overwatering.

If you overwater the plant, you may unintentionally cause root rot. The roots are not accustomed to sitting in water for extended periods of time and will begin to deteriorate if subjected to these conditions. When the roots are damaged, the plant’s ability to transport water and essential nutrients is compromised, resulting in bending leaves.

Underwatering, on the other hand, can also cause the leaves to droop. The plant cells in the leaves are filled with water, which keeps them strong and upright. Without water, the leaves thin out and can no longer support themselves, eventually falling over.

Adjust your watering schedule to solve this problem. Only water after the soil has dried out for several days – these plants prefer to be underwatered rather than overwatered.

If the roots are badly damaged, remove the plant from its pot and carefully cut off the damaged areas before repotting in new soil.

Less often, droopy leaves could be a sign of heat stress. While snake plants can tolerate full sun, too much can be harmful. If your snake plant is exposed to direct sunlight all day, especially in front of a window, relocate it to a location with more indirect bright light.


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