Snake Plant leaves Turning Yellow Causes + Fixes - Homes Pursuit (2023)

Reasons for snake plant leaves turning yellow include overwatering, underwatering, too little or much light, or temperature. Also, the yellowing may occur due to overfeeding, nutritional deficiencies, pests, diseases, or being rootbound.

We considered snake plant yellow leaves caused by aging and plant shock as usual or expected. Also, we didn’t consider humidity as an actual cause due to their ability to tolerate low humidity. What makes you comfortable is ok for this succulent.

Last but not least, what we will learn here will apply to the various varieties and cultivars of snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata formerly, Sansevieria trifasciata), including bird’s nest snake plant.

Snake Plant leaves Turning Yellow Causes + Fixes - Homes Pursuit (1)


  • Snake plant care and growth requirements
  • Reasons and solutions for Snake plants turning yellow
  • 1. Watering or moisture issues
  • a. Overwatering and snake plant yellow mushy leaves
  • b. Underwatering
  • What to do?
  • 2. Light issues
  • a. Too little light
  • b. Too much light
  • c. What to do
  • 3. Extreme temperatures
  • a. Chilly conditions and cold drafts
  • b. Heat stress
  • c. What to do
  • 4. Overfeeding and nutritional deficiencies
  • a. Nutritional deficiencies and snake plant yellow leaves
  • b. Overfeeding and snake plant leaves turning yellow
  • c. What to do
  • 5. Pests
  • a. Thrips
  • b. Spider mites
  • c. Mealybugs
  • 6. Diseases
  • a. Red leaf spot and treatment
  • b. Southern blight
  • 7. Pot bound or compacted roots
  • Normal reasons for snake plant yellow leaves
  • 1. Aging
  • 2. Plant shock
  • About snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant care and growth requirements

We find it essential to give you snake plant care and growth needs. Why? Because from experience, yellowing or other issues like leaves curling or turning brown happens due to improper care or growth requirements.

Care levelEasy or low maintenance
USDA hardiness zone10 to 12
Temperature55 to 90°F (12.8 to 32°C)
HumidityNormal household humidity. They don’t need extra if you are comfortable.
Light requirementBright, indirect light but can grow even in low light
Best soilSlightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5 to 7.5), well-drained, aerated, and rich potting mix.
WateringAllow the soil to dry in-between watering sessions or when dry halfway down.
FertilizerUse a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer for houseplants once or twice a year during the growing seasons.
Pruning and groomingChop any dead, dying, or diseased leaves at the soil line with a sterilized pruning knife. Also, in spring or summer, you can cut a few leaves to control size and growth.
RepottingThey require repotting after 2 to 3years or when rootbound
PropagationLeaf-cutting or by division
ToxicityToxic to humans, dogs, cats, and other pets

Reasons and solutions for Snake plants turning yellow

Snake plant yellow leaves are a sign that either the plant isn’t making enough chlorophyll, a condition known as chlorosis, or something is causing chlorophyll degradation.

Environmental stress like temperature, light, and moisture can affect chlorophyll levels and thus causing yellowing. Also, pests, disease, overfeeding, lack of some nutrients, or being rootbound are possible causes.

Let us now look at each of these causes. We intend to give you common signs associated with each reason and what to do.

1. Watering or moisture issues

Water is essential in absorbing nutrients necessary for chlorophyll. Also, lack of water causes the decomposition of chlorophyll. Both these two will cause yellowing.

a. Overwatering and snake plant yellow mushy leaves

A soggy potting mix will deny roots the oxygen they need to absorb water and nutrients well. Also, if this condition continues for a long time, your plants will get root rot, worsening things and killing your plant.

Besides a constantly wet potting mix, your snake plant may have mushy yellow leaves. Also, the leaves may curl or have brownish spots or splotches,

Other signs include droopy leaves that feel soft (not dry like underwatered), a moldy, foul-smelling potting mix, a mushy stem base, and so on. Some of these signs are due to root rot.

b. Underwatering

A dry pulled away soil, and your snake plant leaves curling inward, drooping, yellowing, or having brown tips may indicate your Dracaena trifasciata is thirsty. Yes. These succulents are very forgiving when it comes to some neglect, but too much will affect their health.

Other signs are leaves becoming brittle, having dry edges, wrinkling, or scarring that improves with watering.

Without water, your plant cannot absorb the mineral, some vital for chlorophyll manufacture. Thus you may notice some yellowing or discoloration.

What to do?

Snake plants love a moist, not soggy, and you shouldn’t allow the potting mix to dry out completely for a long time.

We recommend watering your snake plant after the soil dries out entirely or most of it is dry. This may be after 1 to 2 weeks in the growing season. But exact time depends on the season, environmental conditions, soil mix, pot type, or size. In non-growing seasons, it may be after 1-2 months.

To know when to water your plant, insert the probe of your soil moisture meter (we useXLUX Soil Moisture Meter) and water if it reads three or less.

The other thing is ensuring optimum growing conditions, a well-draining potting mix, open drainage holes, and you have the right pot size. A huge one may cause overwatering, and if it is too small, your plants will dry quickly.

When watering, saturate the soil until excess water comes from drainage holes. Pour any water that collects on the saucer.

Last but not least, never follow a snake plant watering session. Instead, always feel to ensure the potting mix is dry at least half-down the pot.

i. Fixing an overwatered snake plant

If already overwatered, hold the watering and improve ventilation. Also, improve aeration (poke the soil with a stick), and don’t fertilize or squeeze water (damages roots) from the potting mix.

Check the roots to be sure if it has root rot or not. If it has black or brown mushy roots, repot your plant, discarding the current potting mix. Also, cut any brown or black roots using sterile pruning scissors.

ii. underwatered

In the case of an underwatered snake plant, you need to give it a thorough soak or drink. You can slowly and evenly saturate the soil from the top until water flows from drainage holes or go for bottom watering.

In bottom watering, you will sit your plant in a basin with 3 to 4 inches of water and let the soil absorb it for about 45 minutes. Feel with your finger if the top 2 to 3 inches are wet. If not, give some top watering.

Lastly, get a rough estimate on how often you water your snake plant and set a reminder to avoid neglect. But before watering, first, feel the soil with your finger.

2. Light issues

Light is necessary for the biosynthesis of chlorophyll in all flowering plants. But too much will degrade chlorophyll.

a. Too little light

Dracaena trifasciata don’t mind low light. But if too low, they make enough chlorophyll. Thus, the leaves will look pale and yellowing. Also, your plant will grow slowly and have smaller leaves. Why? It cannot make enough food too.

b. Too much light

Direct sunlight, especially the hot summer sun, may degrade chlorophyll, making leaves look bleached, washed out, whitish, pale, or yellowish. Also, the leaves may curl inward and have dry brown tips and edges since it promotes faster water loss.

c. What to do

Not much to do here. Just make sure your plant gets bright indirect light.

If your house is poorly lit, get grow lights. We useRelassy 15000Lux Sunlike Full Spectrum Grow Lampbecause it has light in the range of bright indirect light, i.e., 10,000 to 20,000 lux.

An illuminance meter is a better way to ensure your plant gets enough light. We recommendDr. meter LX1330B Digital Illuminance Light Meter. It is accurate, has a long battery life and is durable.

Outside, grow this plant under a shade. Also, you can have a greenhouse or a shade cloth.

Indoors, don’t place them too close to the window where they get direct sunlight. The south-facing window is notorious for allowing sunburn. Have blinds or put the plants away from the window. But a little morning sun on the east-facing window or late evening, if you have a west-facing window, is ok.

3. Extreme temperatures

Extreme temperatures are a possible reason for snake plant leaves turning yellow. How? You may ask. It is simple. They influence plant function, including chlorophyll formation, thus can cause yellowing when outside the optimum range.

a. Chilly conditions and cold drafts

Winter cold drafts or temperatures below 41°F (°C) will affect your plant normal plant functioning. If it goes to subzero, water in the plant will freeze, damaging the cells.

Signs will include leaves turning brown, black, or yellowish and looking faded. Also, at times a whole leaf may turn brown overnight.

b. Heat stress

Extremely high temperatures or heatwaves will promote faster water loss and may denature some proteins that hold chlorophyll. Thus, your plant leaves may curl, wilt or turn yellow. If you do nothing, they will begin drying up, turn brown and become crunchy.

c. What to do

Snake plants favor warm areas. Thus, maintain an optimum temperature of 55 to 90°F F (12.8 to 32°C) all the time.

Why not buyGovee Hygrometer Thermometer H5075with Bluetooth and a smart app alert to easily monitor temperature and humidity? Otherwise, how will you know temperature even low or high?

Move your plants indoors when the temperature falls below 50°F (10°C), and avoid drafty areas in cold winters. These places include open windows, doors, and so on. You can also get cold frames.

In hot summers or during heat waves, take your plants to cooler places. Also, don’t put your plants near house heating system vents, radiators, fireplaces, or anything that emits heat.

Last but not least, avoid temperature sudden drops and spikes. They will stress your plant.

4. Overfeeding and nutritional deficiencies

Do you not feed your snake plant at all, or do you overdo it? Both these may result in snake plant leaves yellowing.

a. Nutritional deficiencies and snake plant yellow leaves

Lack of nutrients vital in the manufacture of chlorophyll and may cause snake plant yellow leaves or chlorosis. Here are some of these nutrients:

  • Iron: It is essential for maintaining chloroplasts (cells that contain chlorophyll). Also, it participates in chlorophyll formation. If your plant doesn’t get enough, yellowing starts with younger leaves before going to older ones.
  • Nitrogen: It is a part of the chlorophyll molecule. Thus, a deficiency will cause the yellowing of older leaves. And it starts from the margins and spreads inward to the center. Also, your plants will grow slowly.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is part of the chlorophyll molecule (the central atom). A deficiency will cause yellow patches or yellowing between veins. This will start from the center leaves go outward.
  • Zinc: it helps in chlorophyll formation. If your plant doesn’t get enough, it will cause interveinal chlorosis starting with leaves near the base. Stunted growth is another sign.
  • Manganese: It activates enzymes involved in chlorophyll formation. A lack will cause in-between veins yellowing on young leaves. Also, there will be slow growth and sunken tan spots on the yellowed areas.
  • Molybdenum deficiency: When it is lacking, plants accumulate nitrates but fail to use them to make proteins. Thus, leaves will show signs similar to nitrogen deficiency – pale green to yellowish between veins and slow growth.
  • Sulfur: A deficiency will affect protein manufacture, its structure, and the production of chlorophyll. Thus, leaves will turn yellow and have necrotic tips.

Besides the above that directly affect chlorophyll formation, other minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, etc., have roles too. These roles include nutrient and water transport. So, a lack will negatively affect your plant.

b. Overfeeding and snake plant leaves turning yellow

A deficiency will cause yellowing. Also, too much fertilizer will cause fertilizer burn, wilting, yellowing, etc., and you may see fertilizer deposits on soil crusts.

It occurs because too much feeding may alter soil pH, increase salt content or burn roots. All these will affect water and nutrient absorption.

c. What to do

These plants don’t need a lot of fertilizers. But how often to feed depends on the fertilizer you use.

Our favorite fertilizer isSucculents & Cactus Plant Foodwith a balanced formula. Feed it only once in 8-9 months, and it has magnesium, sulfur and other micronutrients.

However, you can use any other houseplant fertilizer for succulents like Miracle-Grow or Espoma Organic Cactus. Follow manufacturer recommendations.

If already overfed, leach or flush the soil. Alternatively, you can change it, i.e., repot your plant if it is during spring or summer.

5. Pests

Pests are another possible reason for snake plant leaves yellowing predominantly yellow spots. These sap-sucking bugs will drink plant juice, damage their tissues, and make leaves chlorotic. Common pests your plant have are:

a. Thrips

These slender tiny yellow to black insects with narrow fringed wings leap or fly when disturbed.

  • Signs: Silvery stippling, premature leaf drop, stunted growth, spots (greyish, brown, or yellowish spots), deformed leaves, and small black dots (feces).
  • What to do: Blast them with water, use insecticidal soap, dormant oil sprays, or dust leaves with diatomaceous earth.

b. Spider mites

Spider mites appear as small, yellowish to pale oval-shaped moving bugs. With your naked eye, they will appear like small moving dots.

  • Signs: Tiny light or spots or stippling, webbing, leaf yellowing or turning bronze, curling and leaf loss
  • What to do: Use insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils sprays, or miticides. If you have a greenhouse, don’t use an insecticide because it will kill their natural enemies, i.e., those that prey on spider mites.

c. Mealybugs

Mealybugs are soft-bodied pinkish or yellowish small insects covered with grey or white powdery or cottony wax.

  • Signs: Honeydew, sooty mold, stunted growth, leaf yellowing, curling, and leaves falling.
  • What to do: Wipe leaves with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, use neem oil, insecticidal soaps, and horticultural spray oils.

Here are the specific pest control pests we recommend:

  • Insecticidal soap: We have usedGarden Safe Brand Insecticidal Soap Insect Killer. It will kill aphids, mealybugs, mites, thrips, whiteflies, scale insects, etc., by contact.
  • Horticultural oils: With 2% mineral oil,Bonide (BND212)will offer protection against insects, spider mites and diseases like greasy spots, botrytis, rust, powdery mildew, etc.
  • Neem oil: BuyBonide BND022with a ready-to-use formulation. We have had excellent results, and its 3-in-1 formulation helps control most of the above pests.

6. Diseases

The other possible reason for snake plant yellow leaves diseases. Those known to cause chlorosis are:

a. Red leaf spot and treatment

This fungal disease will cause “lesions to be irregularly shaped, sunken, reddish-brown, and often have a chlorotic (yellow) border,” notes Unversity of Florida IFAS. To manage red leaf spot disease, keep your plant leaves dry and use a fungicide.

b. Southern blight

Southern blight is another fungal disease that presents itself as water-soaked spots or lesions near the soil line. The lesions will turn brownish and harden. Other signs to expect include stem roots, leaf yellowing, and wilting.

Like other fungal diseases, treatment is by fungicide. But you can also go for heat treatment, i.e., exposing rhizomes to temperatures of 122°F for 30 minutes (50°C).

7. Pot bound or compacted roots

If your snake plant leaves are yellowing and you see roots growing from drainage holes, your pot is pot bound. It means your houseplant has outgrown the current pot and cannot get enough water or nutrients. Compacted roots will do the same.

Other signs are leaves drooping, looking scorched, and stunted growth. Roots will be spiraling, curly, tangle, or growing around the pot in circles. In extreme cases, the root ball may damage or crack the pot.

What to do

If it is during spring or summer (the growing seasons), repot your plant immediately. If not, wait. When repotting, be careful and get rid of as much of the old potting mix as possible. Also, pick a pot that will accommodate your plant root ball. But don’t overdo it.

Normal reasons for snake plant yellow leaves

Not every case of yellowing should worry you. Some instances are usual, and you expect them. Such circumstances include the following:

1. Aging

Plant senescence or aging makes the lower, older leaves turn yellow, brown and then die. Why? The yellowing occurs due to chlorophyll degradation. Just use a sterilized gardening scissor to prune any dying, yellowing, or brown leaves.

2. Plant shock

New or relocated plants may have yellow leaves as they acclimate. Also, if you recently transplanted or repotted your snake plant, leaves may turn yellow.Your plant is trying to adjust and may not absorb water and nutrients as usual.

You may also see other signs like leaves curling, drooping, or looking burnt. Give it time. All will be well again.

About snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant is a name for Dracaena trifasciata, formally Sansevieria trifasciata native to tropical parts of West Africa. Other common names are mother-in-law’s tongue, Saint George’s sword, or viper’s bowstring hemp.

This succulent is a member of the family Asparagaceae, and botanists move the genus Sansevieria to Dracaena.

The snake plant has adorable fleshy erect, flat, and stiff sword-like leaves with an alternating band of greenish shades running horizontally on the leaves. But some cultivars or varieties have variegated outer margins, mainly yellow or white.

Dracaena trifasciata leaves grow in rosettes or clusters, reach as high as 4 feet, and are about 2-4 inches wide. But you will get smaller cultivars.

The most popular cultivars are Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii, Moonshine, Cylindrica, Golden Hahnii, Futura Robusta, Hahnii Jade Pagoda, Black Gold, Black Coral, Craigii, and Futura Superba.

However, those are not the only ones. Others include Sansevieria trifasciata Bantel’s Sensation, Hahnii Green, Golden Flame, Hahnii Silver Marginata, Whitney, Black Robusta, and Black Jack.


Snake Plant leaves Turning Yellow Causes + Fixes - Homes Pursuit? ›

The direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn yellow if it is exposed for too long. If you know that you are watering your snake plant correctly, moving it to an area of your home that receives less direct sunlight can help to reverse the yellowing.

How do I fix yellow leaves on my snake plant? ›

To save a snake plant with yellow leaves, repot the snake plant in well draining, gritty potting soil, wait until the potting soil has dried out before watering and keep snake plants out of direct sunlight in a room between 65 and 80°F. Cut back any yellow mushy leaves back to the base.

Why are my indoor snake plant leaves turning yellow? ›

What causes yellow leaves in a snake plant? Although snake plant leaves turning yellow can be caused by several different factors, the most common reasons are watering stress, root rot, too much direct light, temperature fluctuations, fungal diseases, pests, and nutrient deficiencies.

What does overwatering a snake plant look like? ›

One of the most common signs that you will notice in your overwatered snake plant is the drooping of the leaves. The leaves will begin to get soft and even mushy as they take in too much water and will start to lose their structure, also resulting in them bending over.

What deficiency causes yellowing of leaves? ›

Yellowing of the areas between the veins (interveinal chlorosis) is usually indicative of manganese, iron or magnesium deficiency. Iron deficiency affects the youngest leaves first, whereas the symptoms of manganese and magnesium deficiency tend to start in the older leaves.

Will a yellow snake plant turn green again? ›

Once you narrow down the reason your snake plant has yellow leaves, you'll want to address the issue quickly to keep your plant healthy. However, yellow leaves won't turn green again even if the issue is remedied, so it's best to cut them off with sharp, sanitized pruners or scissors at the base of the plant.

How do you rejuvenate a snake plant? ›

Snake plants with yellow leaves can be revived by putting them in bright indirect light and giving them more regular waterings. You should transfer the plant to a new position where it can get more light but not direct sunlight if the yellow leaves are a result of not getting enough light or too much sunlight.

Can I save a yellowing snake plant? ›

A yellowing snake plant can be treated by repotting it into a fast-draining soil mix, keeping temperatures between 70-90 °F, and watering only when the top two inches of soil feel dry. Snake plants turn yellow due to overwatering, poor drainage, mineral imbalance, and low temperatures.

How often should snake plants be watered? ›

Water. Your Snake Plant only needs to be watered fortnightly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. During the winter months feel free to only water your snake plant once a month if the soil is still moist after 2 weeks.

Can a snake plant recover from overwatering? ›

Loosen up the plant soil and wash the roots with clean water. Transplant it into fresh potting soil that is light and well-draining and monitor the watering schedule. You can easily revive an overwatered snake plant, if you identify the problem at the earliest and before any serious damage has been caused to the roots.

How do I know if my snake plant is overwatered or underwatered? ›

If your Snake Plant goes too long without water, its leaves will start to wrinkle, curl, and droop. With prolonged or repeated underwatering, you may see them fade to yellow or turn crispy and brown.

Should I cut yellow leaves off? ›

Pulling Away Yellow or Brown Leaves

Trimming or plucking away yellowing or dead leaves is an easy way to help prevent any unwelcome plant pests from settling onto your plant, which are attracted to decaying or dead leaves more than healthy ones, and they are more likely to appear on a struggling plant.

What is the most common reason for yellowing leaves? ›

Poor drainage or improper watering

Water issues — either too much or too little — are the leading reason behind yellow leaves. In overly wet soil, roots can't breathe. They suffocate, shut down and stop delivering the water and nutrients plants need. Underwatering, or drought, has a similar effect.

What nutrient should you add if your plant is turning yellow? ›

One way to help prevent your plant from losing its chlorophyll is by using fertilizers to deliver the necessary nutrients. If your plant's leaves are turning yellow, one of the main reasons is probably a nutrient deficiency. The most common nutrients for this issue are nitrogen, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

When should I throw out my snake plant? ›

Snake plants are resilient and typically recover. However, if the plant continues to die, remove it from its pot, discard any rotted roots and leaves, and repot in fresh soil.

Can a snake plant go 2 months without water? ›

While some plants are fairly high-maintenance and borderline dramatic (cough, cough: the fiddle-leaf fig) sansevierias, known also as snake plants or mother-in-law's tongues, are the quite the opposite. In fact, these trusty greens are so resilient they can go up to two weeks without water.

Do snake plants like direct sunlight? ›

Snake plants prefer plentiful sunlight, but will put up with some light shade and continue to grow. They should be protected from the hottest, southern sun in summer. Though they can survive poor light conditions, they will not grow without moderate sunlight and will not flower without more generous sun exposure.

Will a snake plant repair itself? ›

In most cases, to correct the aesthetic view of your Snake Plant, you can simply cut away the broken part of the leaf, the whole leaf itself, or in cases where it is merely bent and not broken, can be fixed back. Of course, you can also just let the plant do its thing and heal itself.

How do I get my snake plant to grow new leaves? ›

Rooting snake plant cuttings is as easy as placing a leaf into a jar of clean water. Begin by cutting a mature-sized leaf off an established plant. Place the cut end of the leaf in a jar or vase filled with a couple inches of water. Put the jar in a bright spot and refresh the water, rinsing out the jar, once a week.

Should snake plants be misted? ›

By maintaining those temperatures in the environment in which you're growing your snake plant, it should get relative humidity at the percentage it needs. There is never any reason to mist this houseplant; in fact, we'd recommend that as one of the last things you should do for its care.

What kind of fertilizer do snake plants need? ›

Fertilizer – Because snake plants are native to poor rocky soil, avoid overfertilizing. A premium plant food such as Pennington UltraGreen All Purpose Plant Food 10-10-10 fed once each spring gives your snake plant the primary, secondary and micronutrients it needs.

How long do snake plants live? ›

Most snake plants live up to 10 years, although some have been known to live as long as 25 years with proper care.

Do snake plants like tap water? ›

Fully saturate a snake plant's soil with dechlorinated tap water or filtered water once the top 2/3 of the soil is dry — about every 2-3 weeks in the summer and 6-8 weeks in the winter. Higher temperatures, increased sunlight, and low humidity will all increase the amount of water snake plants require.

How often should I mist my snake plant? ›

Every 2-3 days is just fine. You can also touch the soil, and if it is dry or crumbly, water your plant. If you have a larger snake plant, you may need to water it more often or give it more water.

Where do you put a snake plant? ›

Place a snake plant in a well-drained pot to avoid overwatering, as it can cause rotting. Only water the soil when it's completely dry. Indirect sunlight is best. Partial sun works best for snake plants, though it can still grow in darker corners or in brighter window areas.

Is it okay to bottom water a snake plant? ›

Can snake plants be bottom watered? Snake plants can be watered from the bottom every few weeks to give them a deep watering. You can bottom water your snake plants by placing them in a shallow container or bathtub filled with about an inch (2.5 cm) of water.

Can I sit my snake plant in water? ›

The answer to this question is– Yes! Sansevierias can survive in water. But it may sound contradictory as snake plants dislike overwatering that can cause root rot and fungal infection. However, you can grow it entirely in the water safely without any worries as long as you keep certain points in mind.

How do I know if my snake plant is dying? ›

If you think your snake plant is dying, here are some signs that your snake plant is dying:
  1. Plants Turning Yellow. ...
  2. Browning Leaves. ...
  3. Curling Leaves. ...
  4. Drooping Leaves. ...
  5. Mushy Roots. ...
  6. Wilting Leaves and Dying Stems. ...
  7. Leggy Growth. ...
  8. Conclusion.
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How long should I bottom water my snake plant? ›

If you decide to try bottom watering, you should follow the same guidelines about waiting until the soil is mostly dry first. And make sure not to let your Snake Plant sit in the water tray too long – take it out as soon as the moisture has permeated close to the top of the pot. Around 10 minutes is usually plenty.

How to tell the difference between overwatering and underwatering? ›

Determine which by feeling the leaf showing browning: if it feels crispy and light, it is underwatered. If it feels soft and limp, it is overwatered. Yellowing leaves: Usually accompanied by new growth falling, yellow leaves are an indication of overwatering.

Can I water my snake plant with ice cubes? ›

According to Reader's Digest, all it takes is placing two large ice cubes or several small ice cubes at the base of your plant once a week to keep them happy and hydrated. This way the plant gets to suck up all that H₂O slowly, but surely.

How many cups of water does a snake plant need? ›

Snake Plant needs 0.8 cups of water every 12 days when it doesn't get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5.0" pot.

Do yellow leaves always mean overwatering? ›

Yellow leaves mean different things depending on (1) the variety plant, and (2) what other symptoms the plant is showing. Overwatering, underwatering, mineral deficiency, temperature stress, and so on can all be causes.

Are yellow leaves over or under watering? ›


Watering issues are generally the most common cause of yellowing leaves. When your plants are overwatered, the performance and vigor decrease. Oxygen is being pushed out of the soil, and the roots are simply “under aired” and suffocating. With little air, the roots will begin to drown and rot.

Is my plant dying if the leaves are turning yellow? ›

This isn't anything to worry about – in fact, it's part of your plant's life cycle. “As most plants age, older leaves will die off, turning yellow and eventually dropping,” Cheshire explains. “This is so the plant can put its energy into new growth.”

Can too much sun cause yellow leaves? ›

Sunburn. Plants need light, but too much of a good thing can affect your plant's health and cause leaves to turn yellow. Sunburn may cause dark burn-like spots on leaves or can cause full yellowing of leaves receiving too much sun.

How do you fix yellow leaves on houseplants? ›

Houseplant Help: How to Save a Plant Whose Leaves are Turning...
  1. Step 1: Check for “Moisture Stress” ...
  2. Step 2: Look for Unwelcome Critters. ...
  3. Step 3: Let Them Soak Up the Sun. ...
  4. Step 4: Protect Them from Cold Drafts. ...
  5. Step 5: Make Sure They're Well-Fed.
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What mineral is lacking when leaves turn yellow? ›

Nitrogen deficiency

Symptoms: Spindly yellow plants or yellow leaves, sometimes with pink tints. Cause: Nitrogen promotes green, leafy growth and deficiency results in yellowing and stunted growth.

What does Epsom salt do for plants? ›

Aside from the anecdotal evidence about human benefits, Epsom salt does seem to help plants. Generations of gardeners have said it helps their plants grow bushier, produce more flowers and have better color. It's also said to help seeds germinate and repel slugs and other garden pests.

What are plants with yellow leaves usually deficient in? ›

Sulphur. Sulphur is a component in the formation of chlorophyll. Deficiencies result in yellow leaves and stunted growth.

Should you cut off yellow snake plant leaves? ›

If a few of your snake plant's leaves are yellow, removing the discolored leaves is often the best action. This will allow your plant to send its energy to healthy leaves. If you remove leaves, it's essential to correct the problem that caused the yellowing. If you don't, you'll likely end up with more yellow leaves.

Can you spray water on snake plant leaves? ›

Don't Overwater Your Plant!

Remember that snake plants are succulents, even though sometimes they can have big “leafy” looking limbs. They will need minimal amounts of water – only every couple of days! Some people use a spray bottle. Another rule of thumb is to water it when the soil is dry.

Can you revive an overwatered snake plant? ›

You can revive an overwatered snake plant by cutting off root rot, transplanting it, maintaining a proper schedule and pruning all discolored foliage.

How do you revive a yellowing plant? ›

Houseplant Help: How to Save a Plant Whose Leaves are Turning...
  1. Step 1: Check for “Moisture Stress” ...
  2. Step 2: Look for Unwelcome Critters. ...
  3. Step 3: Let Them Soak Up the Sun. ...
  4. Step 4: Protect Them from Cold Drafts. ...
  5. Step 5: Make Sure They're Well-Fed.
Nov 1, 2019

Should you mist snake plant leaves? ›

However, snake plants don't really benefit from misting, as they're native to arid regions and are used to dry conditions. The thick leaves of a snake plant also help to prevent water loss, so misting is usually unnecessary.

Do snake plants like to be bottom watered? ›

Snake plants can be watered from the bottom every few weeks to give them a deep watering. You can bottom water your snake plants by placing them in a shallow container or bathtub filled with about an inch (2.5 cm) of water.

How do you tell if snake plant is overwatered or underwatered? ›

If your Snake Plant goes too long without water, its leaves will start to wrinkle, curl, and droop. With prolonged or repeated underwatering, you may see them fade to yellow or turn crispy and brown.

What does milk do for a snake plant? ›

The same properties that make milk good for a human, such as the calcium and B vitamins, are what benefits plants. The calcium helps the plants grow, as well as prevent blossom end rot, which can be caused by a calcium deficiency.

Do snake plants like coffee grounds? ›

Snake plants can benefit from being fed coffee grounds because they contain lots of nitrogen which may assist these beneficial plants throughout the growing season. Coffee grounds can also increase soil acidity but must be diluted before use.

How long can a snake plant go without water? ›

While some plants are fairly high-maintenance and borderline dramatic (cough, cough: the fiddle-leaf fig) sansevierias, known also as snake plants or mother-in-law's tongues, are the quite the opposite. In fact, these trusty greens are so resilient they can go up to two weeks without water.


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