There are listed 8 common reasons why the snake plant leaves droop. Overwatering and poor drainage are by far the most frequent causes, besides, lack of heat, pests, poor lighting, cold damage, etc also lead to drooping leaves.
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What Causes My Snake Plant To Droop?
Snake plants require little water, as was previously mentioned. If they are constantly sitting in wet soil, they will suffer. They prefer their soil to be on the dryer side.
Overwatering will result in the soil remaining wet. Although you might believe that doing so will stop drooping, it actually increases the risk of this unsightly issue. One of the most frequent causes of floppy and yellowing leaves is actually overwatering.
Increase the interval between waterings to address this issue. Remember to wait until the top three to four inches of soil have dried before watering again.
Additionally, make certain your pot has drainage holes that enable extra water to drain.
2. Poor Drainage
Even if you water your snake plant according to the recommended schedule, bad drainage can result in soggy soils.
You should think about the soil mixture and the container when examining drainage. Together, these two components enable extra water to evaporate.
A potting mix with good drainage and aeration is preferred by snake plants. Snake plants do not like soil mixtures made for indoor plants because they tend to hold more water.
To enhance drainage, you can add more perlite to potting soil that contains peat. An alternative is to use a succulent-specific well-draining soil mixture.
Repotting your snake plant in a well-draining mix is a good idea if you suspect it is growing in a mix that is not draining well. Check your plant’s container first, though, before you re-pot it!
There should be drainage holes in the pot that allow extra water to drain. Repot your snake plant into a new, hole-equipped container if it doesn’t.
3. Lack Of Water
Although snake plants don’t require a lot of water, they still experience thirst. This is particularly true if they are flourishing and growing in areas with more light.
Your snake plant might start to droop if you don’t give it enough water and the soil is left dry for a prolonged period of time (more than a few weeks).
Fortunately, fixing this issue is simple: just water more frequently! When the top three to four inches of soil are dry, you should water your snake plant.
Various conditions, such as temperature, season, and sun exposure, will affect the ideal watering schedule. You can aim to water your snake plant once every two to four weeks, though.
Even though your plant won’t wake back up right away after watering, you should see a difference after a week. If you don’t, there may be another problem causing the drooping.
4. Root Rot
The term “root rot” refers to a class of fungi-based ailments that affect plant roots. A snake plant with root rot has mushy, discolored roots and wilting leaves.
In moist soils, root rot is most likely to happen. Root rot is consequently frequently caused by potting soil with poor drainage and excessive watering.
You must examine the roots if you think your plant may have root rot. To get rid of extra potting soil, remove your plant from the container. Your plant is infected if you notice any brown, red, or soft roots.
The good news is that you can still save a snake plant with rotted roots. Trimming off all affected root parts is the first step. Repot your plant next in a mix of soil that drains well, and only water when the top few inches of soil are dry.
5. Root Bound: Repotting And/or Root Trimming Needed
Without periodic repotting or root trimming, one of the most prevalent issues with houseplants is that they develop root boundness. Even though snake plants don’t need to be replanted as frequently as other plants and can tolerate some root boundness, if the situation persists for too long, they could become ill and droop.
Even snake plants need soil so that their roots can get the water and nutrients they need to grow. Very tightly bound roots can also lead to girdling (the roots strangle themselves), rot, and other disease issues and can prevent the plant from “breathing” properly (plant roots need air too!).
Repotting snake plants is necessary every three to five years. If for some reason you are unable to give the plant a larger container, you will need to trim the roots to ensure that they occupy no more than half to three-quarters of the pot’s surface area.
By removing some soil from the sides of the pot with your fingers and feeling the plant’s roots to see if they extend all the way to the sides, you can determine whether a plant needs to be replanted or pruned. It’s time to switch to a larger pot if it appears that the roots are taking up more space than the soil.
Before repotting, you might need to tease the roots apart if the root ball is completely solid so they form a nice branching pattern rather than a clump.
Remove the plant and carefully lay it on its side to trim the roots (whether for replanting in the same pot or to free up a tangled root ball before repotting). The roots will need to be cut one at a time using a sharp pair of scissors or even a knife.
Instead of simply splitting the mass into smaller root balls, carefully tease the roots apart, cutting off whole sections of root where necessary, until the root system has space to spread out. In order to make the root mass appear more like a typical root mass, the root clump must be broken up. For information on potting mix specifications, see the preceding tip.
6. Lack Of Heat
Although a snake plant can get too hot, if the leaves are drooping, it’s unlikely that this is the cause of your problem. More than likely it isn’t receiving enough heat. Keep the temperature higher than 50°F for a healthy plant.
Also keep in mind that even if it’s warm inside, the temperature by the window might be cooler if it’s cold outside. In this situation, try to find a location where you can place the plant a little farther away from the window or closer to a heat source.
7. Poor Lighting
Snake plants do indeed do well in the shade. They perform much better in partial sunlight, though. The fact that your plant is receiving so little light raises the possibility that this is making it ill and causing it to droop.
In addition to the health benefits of having adequate lighting, snake plants tend to look better in partial sunlight because the brighter leaves allow their distinctive pattern to stand out more. Although snake plants can withstand up to eight hours or more of light each day, all-day direct light in a south-facing window may be too much for them, causing their leaves to droop as well.
The plant should ideally be placed in a sunny west or east-facing window, about 10 feet away from a south-facing window. A west-facing plant will thrive better a few feet away from the window as well, as the western sun can be more intense.
When relocating a plant from a dimly lit area to a more sunny location, it’s important to gradually expose the plant to the light, starting with a few hours at first and gradually increasing that time by one or two each day until it receives the full amount of sunlight at its new location.
Alternately, you can partially block the sun with curtains, sticks, or other obstructions, exposing the plant to increasing amounts of light without having to move it.
Your snake plant may become weak and more vulnerable to pests if it has one of the aforementioned issues.
For instance, fungus gnats, which resemble fruit flies and emerge from the soil as larvae, may attack your plant if it is overwatered and/or has poor drainage. In this scenario, you might need to repot the plant in fresh soil, remove any rotten roots, and adhere to the aforementioned watering and drainage recommendations. the addition of an insecticide and water that has 3% hydrogen peroxide.
1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s mild dish soap or another suitable homemade alternative 1 tablespoon of oil (such as Bronner’s, sunflower or olive), and 15 drops of neem oil with 1 cup water. You might need to use pyrethrin-based insecticides to treat severe, persistent infestations.
Other uncommon snake plant pests include mealybugs and spider mites, but these are typically noticeable before the leaves start to droop because the plants will first show tiny brown spots or faded dots on their leaves before drooping or losing all of their leaves. Spray an insecticide on the area to be treated as before.
8. Cold Damage
Snake plants can withstand temperatures as low as 50°F and even lower, but they cannot withstand freezing temperatures or sudden cold spells. Snake plants can suffer damage if they are exposed to cold temperatures.
Low temperatures can cause leaves to become brittle and droopy, even though cold damage might not become apparent right away. You may need to prune and cut back if leaves die in extreme circumstances.
Keep your plant away from sudden temperature changes and chilly drafts. Additionally, try to maintain an indoor temperature of at least 60°F.
What If Your Snake Plant Is Too Damaged To Recover?
We wish we could promise that the measures we’ve taken above will keep your snake plant alive. Unfortunately, that isn’t how things always turn out. By the time you notice the rot, it may already be too late.
Your plant will die if its entire root system begins to rot. However, if there is enough of it left, you might be able to propagate it and create some new plants. Your Sansevieria, like many succulents, can grow new leaves and roots from cuttings of existing foliage.
Find some healthy tissue on your plant that is a few inches long. If so, just cut them off and plant them again. As usual, we advise cleaning your scissors first.
The number of cuttings you think you can grow is up to you! In case not all of them take root, it is a good idea to have a few extras on hand.
Do not immediately place your cuttings in the pot. The wounds might become infected by fungi and bacteria in the soil. Overnight exposure to air will cause the cuts on the leaf segments to scab. The following day is when you can plant your cuttings.
Utilize the potting mix we advised in Step 6 and don’t change it. Then, bury the bottom half of each cutting in the soil and fill a small pot with it. (While some growers prefer to let their cuttings develop roots in water jars before transferring them to soil, we don’t believe this is particularly helpful with snake plants.)
After placing your leaf segments in the ground, take care of them as instructed in Step 7. The snake plant is not going to grow quickly, so it might take some time before you notice any signs of life. But after a few months, you ought to notice fresh leaves emerging next to the cuttings.
How To Fix Drooping Snake Plant Leaves
You may be able to partially revive your snake plant’s leaves by using the advice above, depending on how badly they are wilting. You probably can’t do anything to fix the current leaves, though, if they are damaged. You can either leave them alone until new, upright growth appears, at which point you can cut them off, or you can just let them be until new growth replaces them and they naturally die.
Cut off rotten or dead leaves to a point just below where they are already dead or rotten. The tips of these cut leaves will never grow back, so keep that in mind. Avoid removing too much of the leaf mass as this could kill the plant because there won’t be enough light available for a photosynthetic activity to support growth.
The best course of action is to wait until fresh, healthy growth appears before removing any old leaves. By doing so, you can ensure that your plant will recover from illness much faster.
You shouldn’t experience issues with your snake plant ever again if you use the above advice to revive it.
Are Snake Plant Leaves Supposed To Slant?
A healthy, happy snake plant won’t be bending over, even though it happens naturally.
Will The Leaves Of The Snake Plant Regrow?
The leaves won’t self-heal if they are bent or droop. You can use more soil to straighten crooked leaves by adding more soil to the plant.
Should I Cut Drooping Snake Plant Leaves
A leaf won’t regenerate once its color has faded or it has become mushy. Cut it, is what I advise. Here’s how to trim the leaves of dead plants!
What Can I Do To Get My Snake Plant To Stand Upright?
Your snake plant may have been slanting in the direction of the light source for a while if it is leaning rather than bending. To help it balance out, rotate the plant 1/4 turn every week!