How to save your overwatered snake plant from dying
Snake plants can be easy to overwater. Here are 5 easy ways to rescue your plant in the event it’s turning brown and soft.
You’re not a gardening expert, but it seems like you’re dealing with an overwatered snake plant. Should you toss the plant in the trash and declare that you’ll never buy another indoor plant since you kill everything, or can you be a plant miracle worker and save it?
The good news is that you will most likely be able to rescue your overwatered snake plant, but it will depend on how long it has been overwatered and its current state.
If your plant is just little overwatered and you haven’t left it for too long, some additional attention and care can help it recover and become healthy again.
If your plant seems to be dead after weeks of neglect, you may still attempt to resuscitate it, but don’t get your hopes up. It’s still worth a shot, since nature is amazing!
In this post, I’ll explain how to tell whether your plant has been overwatered, what you can do to save it, and how to avoid making the same mistake in the future.
5 simple methods to save your overwatered snake plant
Do you want the short version? Here are five methods to save your snake plant if it’s been overwatered:
1. Don’t water your snake plant anymore. 2. Take the plant out of the container gently and inspect it for root rot. 3. Ask your nursery for a root rot treatment. 4. Remove any leaves that are damaged or diseased. 5. Add the root rot remedy and replant in a fresh container with good soil.
After you’ve completed the steps above, you may set up a new watering system to avoid overwatering your snake plant in the future. Recognizing when your plant needs to be watered and reacting appropriately are essential to doing this properly. It’s not as simple as watering every two or three days.
How can you tell if your snake plant is overwatered?
Okay, be brutally honest with yourself. Have you been watering your plants every day and figured you’d be able to do the same with a snake plant?
Have you done any study on how to care for a snake plant, or are you just guessing and hope for the best?
You’ll know if your snake plant is overwatered if you water it every single day.
And that tiny voice in your mind warned you that something wasn’t right since the leaves were becoming soft and mushy, with some drooping. When snake plants are healthy, their leaves are usually erect.
You may have also seen some strange brown patches and smelled something strange.
These are the indications that your snake plant is overwatered:
-Soft and mushy leaves -Leaves drooping instead of standing erect -Brown patches on the leaves -Leaves becoming yellow instead of their healthy green hue -Root rot discovered after removing the plant from its container
The annoying thing about gardening issues is that your plant may appear the same whether it’s overwatered or underwatered.
It’s like when you Google something to diagnose a medical illness and the symptoms listed may be the same for a hundred different conditions!
However, by following our checklist of “things to watch out for,” you’ll be able to swiftly rule out any other plant problems and confirm that you do, in fact, have an overwatered snake plant.
Leaves that are soft and squishy
When you water your snake plant, part of the water is absorbed by the leaves. When a snake plant is overwatered, the leaves absorb too much water, causing them to become soft and mushy.
They’re brimming with water!
While the leaves need water, they do not require as much as you are providing.
Instead of standing erect, the leaves are sagging.
One of the first indications that your plant is in danger is drooping leaves. Whether your plant is overwatered or underwatered, it will experience this.
When you initially see drooping leaves, you’ll assume your snake plant is thirsty and give it extra water.
Watering it even further exacerbates the issue!
But how can you tell whether the drooping leaves are due to a shortage of water or an excess of it?
Examine the dirt. Check the soil’s surface to check whether it’s moist. Insert a skewer as far as possible into the dirt without reaching the bottom and harming the roots.
Remove the skewer and inspect it for dirt. Does it seem to be extremely moist and damp? Was it simple to insert the skewer since the earth was wet, or did you have to force it down because it was dry and hard?
This can help you determine if your snake plant’s drooping leaves are due to overwatering.
Leaves with brown dots
Fungus that grows in water causes brown patches on leaves. Overwatering a snake plant causes fungus to develop on the leaves, resulting in brown patches.
If there are just a few leaves with brown spots, take them off and discard them. If you see a lot of brown patches on your leaves, you may want to consider treating them.
Brown stains on snake plant leaves are best treated with a fungicide. You can get some at your neighborhood plant nursery.
The expense and labor of using fungicide, on the other hand, may not be worth it. Unless you have emotional value for your snake plant, it’s cheaper to purchase a new one!
Another alternative is to combine baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water in a 12 teaspoon per 4 litres of water ratio (a gallon). Because this is a moderate combination, it may not work if the brown spotting is severe.
Yellowing of the leaves
The leaves of an overwatered snake plant become yellow. This is due to a shortage of oxygen caused by the root system being suffocated by too much water.
The plant begins to die slowly, and the leaves turn yellow.
There’s not much you can do to stop the plant from yellowing except attempt to preserve it and then clip off any yellow leaves.
Because new growth will be green again, you may just need to accept fewer leaves until your plant is healthy.
Root rot has infected the roots.
What exactly is root rot?
Root rot is a fungal infection that causes roots to deteriorate and waste away. Too much water contributes to this, thus it’s common in overwatered snake plants and other plants. Root rot is caused by many distinct kinds of fungus.
Your overwatered snake plant’s roots will be fragile, mushy, and brown if it develops root rot. The color of the roots is intended to be white. While the dark roots may seem to be simply the dirt covering the plant, if the roots are healthy, they will become white when rinsed.
The good news is that root rot can be reversed! Allow the overwatered snake plant to dry out completely before proceeding. Because the soil must be totally dry, place your plant near sunshine to expedite the process.
After that, you may apply a root rot hack by watering it with a solution of 1 ounce hydrogen peroxide and 1 quart water. Instead of watering your snake plant as normal, water it with this combination. This will put an end to the root rot fast.
The pot has an unusual odor.
Water that has been lying stagnant for days has a foul odor.
It also smells awful to have a soggy pot plant full of foul fluid that hasn’t done anything for days.
If you catch a sniff of your snake plant and it smells weird, it’s time to get rid of it.
You might attempt to preserve your plant, but the danger of bacterial problems makes it unwise.
If you really want to preserve your plant, take it out of the soil and let it dry out for a few days. After repotting, replant in a fresh pot with new soil and just give the plant a little watering. After then, set it aside for a week or so.
If everything else fails, just get a new snake plant.
How to save your snake plant from drowning
At the beginning of this post, I mentioned five methods to save your overwatered snake plant.
Let’s take a closer look at these five methods.
Don’t water your snake plant anymore.
You’ve determined that your snake plant is overwatered. So put down your watering can!
Your plant is suffering, and you must stop doing the one thing that is causing it to suffer—overwatering.
Remove your snake plant from a humid area, such as a bathroom, and place it someplace dry. Remove moisture from your bathroom or other areas of your house using a dehumidifier.
Your snake plant will need some time to dry out and will not need any more water or moisture.
Take the plant out of the container and inspect the roots.
When removing the plant, be gentle.
Before trying to remove the plant, I suggest squeezing the container to release the dirt. If the soil is compacted, this will assist; otherwise, you may end up pulling the plant out while the roots stay in the container.
Examine the roots for indications of root rot, which I discussed earlier in this post.
Treat the root rot or turf the plant and replace it with a fresh one.
One last thought
Snake plants are simple to maintain and do not need a lot of effort. That also means not overwatering your snake plant, but rather finding the “sweet spot,” which may be every 7-10 days depending on your environment and the location of your snake plant.
Once your overwatered snake plant has recovered, establish a new watering and maintenance regimen, and your plant will provide you with years of pleasure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you bring a snake plant back to life?
I am not sure what you mean by bring back to life. If you are asking how to revive a dead snake plant, then the best way would be to get a new one.
How do you save a drooping snake plant?