How To Pot A Snake Plant Indoor? [5 Steps With The Best Pot For Snake Plant]


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How to pot a snake plant? Seams so simple to me at first, but the thought, am I doing it right?- flooded my mind. My place required a stylish upgrade, and the snake plant was the perfect solution to add a touch of greenery. Yet, the proper way of potting the snake plants was unclear to me.

Now, as all those years have gone by planting and caring for my snake plants, let me the hands-on experience I’ve gained in potting plants.

How To Pot A Snake Plant

It highlights just the basic steps, and there are many tips and tricks to know how to do the process just right. So, keep on reading today’s blog to learn more about how to pot a snake plant indoor.

At A Glance:

  • Spring is the best time to pot a snake plant. 
  • To pot the snake plant, use a container with drainage holes as well as well-draining soil. 
  • After potting, proper care, and maintenance are required for the thriving growth of the plant.

How To Pot A Snake Plant?

Now that you have the right pot in your hand, follow the below simplest step-by-step guide to pot your snake plant. 

How To Pot A Snake Plant
  1. Arrange Tools
  2. Step 1: Prepare Your Planter
  3. Step 2: Add The Potting Mix
  4. Step 3: Inspect Your Snake Plant
  5. Step 4: It’s Time To Planting
  6. Step 5: Water Your Snake Plant

Tools You Need:

Before heading over to pot your snake plant, make sure the list tools near you to make this task far easier:

  • Fresh organic potting mix
  • Hand gloves
  • Lava Rocks if your planter doesn’t have any drainage holes 
  • A watering can to water your snake plant 

Step 1: Prepare Your Planter

First, you’ll need to prepare your planter in which you will pot your snake plant. Before considering anything else, make sure it has enough drainage holes at the bottom. If not, don’t worry as the lava racks are right near you. 

Prepare Your Planter

Take some lava rocks and place them at the bottom of your planter. Lava rocks will create a place to pool away excess water from snake plants’ roots.

Step 2: Add The Potting Mix 

Now grab your potting mix and gradually start spreading it into the base of the pot. You can use organic succulent & cactus mix in this instance.

Make sure to wear hand gloves and a mask if needed so as not to get meessay while handling the soil. Fill the pot up to the brim, leaving up to 3-4 cm from the top for watering. No matter what choose the right soil for snake plant.

Add The Potting Mix

Step 3: Inspect Your Snake Plant

Before potting your snake plant, it’s best to inspect the root ball entirely for any damage or root rot. So, how to pot a snake plant cutting? It’s not that hard. You gotta do.

  • Trim your snake plant and cut out the rotten roots with a sharp knife, ensuring you will pot the healthy portion in fresh, well-draining soil.
  • Try to dust out the extra potting mix from the surrounding plant’s roots. But avoid being too aggressive as it damages the delicate root. 
  • Above all, inspect the leaves and stems for signs of disease like fungal infections like yellowing leaves on your snake plant or any other bacterial problems.  If you notice any suspicious signs, isolate the plant and research treatment options.
What Kind Of Soil Do Snake Plants Need

Step 4: It’s Time To Planting 

Take your plant and start placing it at the center of your pot. When done, pour some more potting mix around your snake plant. Make sure your plant is standing firmly in its place. If not, use your hand and press the potting medium until your plants get relaxed there. 

Time To Planting

If you’re still confused anywhere in the process, the below effective video can help you a lot:

How To Pot A Snake Plant

Step 5: Water Your Snake Plant

When done, it’s time to water your snake plant. Use your watering can and water your plant from the top until you find the water draining out at the bottom. Avoid over-watering any of the succulent types of plants like snake plants as it can cause the plant to stress, leading to root rot. 

Also, in case you notice that your soil is moist enough, don’t just water it right now. You can wait several days and water when the top surface of the pot looks completely dry

However, to provide extra nutrients to the soil, you can add some organic matter. For instance, aged or compost manure. Although you can use regular soil for your snake plants, it is preferable to choose a potting mix specifically designed for them. 

What Is The Right Time To Pot A Snake Plant? 

You can do it at any time of the year, but the spring season is the ideal time for potting because that is when the snake plant starts actively growing again.  

What Is The Right Time To Pot A Snake Plant

Typically, snake plants are drought-tolerant succulent plants that go through a period of reduced growth or dormancy during the winter season. With the winter ending and the temperature rising in the early Spring, the plants start thriving conveniently, coming out from that dormancy period. 

Sign That Tells Snake Plant Needs A Pot

But beyond just timing, there are few obvious signs, indicating that your plant needs to pot. For instance, you may consider the below:

After A Propagation 

Unlike other plants, snake plants don’t necessarily require potting in the initial sense, as they will come in a pot when you purchase them. But if you’re propagating a snake plant yourself from a division or leaf cutting, then you may need to pot it after developing a healthy root system. This is crucial, as snake plants won’t thrive without a healthy root system.

New Pups Are Coming Out 

As snake plants grow, new pups will come out and you should make arrangements to grow them healthier in a new space. As such, potting is the go-to suggestion for you to choose. Even I personally experienced the best result from it. 

Root Bound 

As a snake plant enthusiast, you may know that snake plants like to be root-bound naturally. If you leave it unnoticed, it may lead to root rot from nutrient deficiency and dehydration in lower space.  So it is recommended to put your snake plant in a larger container just after you notice any root-bound sign. 

What Kind Of Pot Is  Best For A Snake Plant?

Now that you are planning to put your snake plants, check and ensure that you have the right pot in your hand. Wondering, but it matters. It’s always best to use a ceramic planter of about 4 to 6 inches in size to pot your snake plant. It has several benefits as well. Like:

  • The ceramic pots are durable enough that will last long. 
  • These types of pots are also good for ensuring proper drainage of your snake plant. Thus, there will be no chance of soil becoming waterlogged, which will cause root rot. 
  • The ceramic pot also helps regulate the soil’s temperature. This is important for snake plants, which are sensitive to cold drafts in winter and increased temperatures in summer. 
What Kind Of Pot Is  Best For A Snake Plant

Besides, there are some additional considerations you should keep in mind while choosing the right pot for your snake plant:

  • Try to pick a pot with good drainage holes. It will help your soil to prevent drying out too quickly and promote proper aeration for the roots.
  • The pot should perfectly fit your snake plant. But I always prefer to select a pot up to 2-4 inches larger in diameter than the current one to allow proper growth of my snake plant. 
  • While considering the above, no need to compromise with your home decor. For instance, cement planters or Rainbow Pearl Glaze Planters can also be good options for you.

Care Guidance For Potted Snake Plant

Proper care and maintenance are required for your snake plants to thrive a healthy growth. Now as you potted your plants successfully, check out a few crucial care guidance tips below. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Do snake plants like a big pot?

No, the snake plants don’t like big pots. A too-large pot for the snake plants will lead to overwatering and root rot whereas a too-small pot will stunt the growth. That’s why ideally choose a pot for your snake plant that is slightly larger than the current pot. 

Do snake plants need a big or small pot?

The snake plant needs a pot that is not too large or too small. It is recommended to use a container slightly larger than the snake plant’s root ball. This will prevent root rot and prevent the soil from retaining too much moisture. 

Why does my snake plant only have 3 leaves?

If your snake plant has insufficient foliage, it can be due to direct sunlight, overwatering, or underwatering. So, place your snake plant near a window with filtered sunlight. Don’t water your plants more frequently. Balance overwatering and underwatering. 


Let’s hope that no confusion is left about the query- how to pot a snake plant? To make the gist of the whole discussion, it is a straightforward process of potting a snake plant that just needs attention in a few steps. If you are still confused then reach out to Planttrick.

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Meet Rayna Trick: Your Indoor Plant Whisperer! With her roots in environmental science and a passion for exotic succulents, she’s the Green Thumb of the Year. Rayna’s here to be your plant companion, sharing her expertise and nurturing your green oasis at PlantTrick. Let’s make your indoor space bloom, one leaf at a time, together!

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