Repotting Snake Plants: The Mix To Use & How To Do It
Snake Plants, aka Sansevierias or Mother In Law Tongues, are diehard houseplants. Here's the repotting of 2 Snake Plants. See the steps, the mix to use & find out when to do it.
Snake Plants are one of my very favorite houseplants. Their spiky, patterned foliage is so interesting to me plus you can ignore them and they’re happy as can be. I grow quite a few of them, both indoors and out, here at my home in the Arizona desert. It was time for repotting a few of my Snake Plants so I want to share with you the planting mix I used and how I did it.
I actually repotted 5 of my plants but you only see 2 of them here. The others I did as an arrangement and that’s coming in a future post and video. I call this project the “Snake Plant switcheroo” because I swapped out containers and locations they were in. Sansevieria, also known as Mother In Law Tongue, handle dry air and lower light conditions like champions!
Repotting my Snake Plants:
The planting mix:
Snake Plants prefer to be kept on the dry side and the mix they’re planted in must drain freely. That’s why I add in the succulent and cactus mix. I also toss in a few handfuls of organic compost as I’m planting (I go much lighter on both this and the worm compost when repotting houseplants as compared to container plants in my garden) and a 1/2″ layer topping of the worm compost.
3/4 organic potting soil. I’m partial to Happy Frog because of its high-quality ingredients. It’s great for container planting, including houseplants.
1/4 organic succulent & cactus mix. I use 1 which is produced locally – this one is good too.
A few handfuls of organic compost. I use Tank’s local compost. Give Dr. Earth’s a try if you can’t find anywhere you live. Both enrich the soil naturally.
Here’s the Sanseviera “Laurentii” out of the pot. You can see the thick rhizomes – they store water along with the roots & leaves.
How I repotted:
Loosen the plants from their pots. For 1 I used a dull knife & with the other, I gently pressed on the grow pot. Both are clearly shown in the video.
Note: Don’t rush to transplant Snake Plants every year or 2 as they prefer to grow slightly pot bound. As a general rule, I repot mine every 3-6 years depending on the size of the pot it’s growing in & the size of the plant itself. And, it’s best not to repot houseplants in winter because the plants are resting. Mine were long overdue for a transplanting!
Measure the root ball with a trowel (or the knife) to know how much of the mix to put in the bottom of the pot.
Loosen the roots a bit & put the plants in. Continue to fill in the pot with the mix & a handful or 2 of the compost.
Top with a thin layer of worm compost.
Looking great in their cheery yellow pots side by side. They’ll add a nice pop of color to my living room. I painted these pots using my very favorite spray paint in Sun Yellow Gloss. If you’re not into spray painting, this pot is very similar to the one you see on the right.
After the repotting was finished, I moved them to a shady place in the garden. I let them settle in for a day and then gave them both a thorough watering before moving them to their spots in the house. Anyone else as crazy about Snake Plants as I am?!
If you love houseplants as much as we do then be sure to check out our care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive.
Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by,
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