How To Transplant Snake Plant? Exploring The DIY Process


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Just remembered the early days of my journey with my snake plant. As a newbie with the plant, I, truly, was afraid of the process. My plants were looking somewhat unhappy, and I lacked the courage. 

But after all those years of experience and research, I can tell you, that anything related to the snake plant that goes for its caring is easy, and how to transplant snake plants?

How To Transplant Snake Plant

Of course, more information is needed to move ahead with transplanting. That’s why today, I’ve provided a guide based on my hands-on experience to clarify the process of transplanting snake plants in water and soil.

Main Facts:

  • Root-bound conditions, overcrowding or quickly drying out soil are the signs of transplantation. 
  • Mid to late spring and late fall are the ideal times for transplanting snake plants.
  • With proper tools and knowledge, transplanting the snake plants is an easy process.

How To Transplant Snake Plant?

Now that you have all the necessary tools, it is time to move ahead with transplanting the snake plants. Below I’ll walk you through the DIY process from my hands-on experience. 

  1. Water The Plants
  2. Take Off The Plants From their current Home
  3. Inspect The Roots And Leaves 
  4. Transplantation
  5. Water The Plants Once Done
How To Transplant Snake Plant

Tools And Materials To Transplant Snake Plant

Now that you know when is the ideal time for transplanting, it is time to proceed with the process. Before transplanting your snake plant, ensure that you have the right tools and materials. 

It will smooth the process of transplanting and optimize the chances of success. Check out the list below-

Tools And Materials To Transplant Snake Plant
  1. Pot or container: Slightly bigger by about 1 to 2 inches than the old one with drainage holes.
  2. Pruning shears or sharp knife: To cut any damaged leaves or roots. 
  3. Well-draining soil: Pro-mix cactus mix or succulent potting mix 
  1. Hand gloves: For handling the soil and protecting your hands 
  2. Hand Trowel: To prepare the soil 
  3. Watering can: To water the snake plants after transplanting 

Step- 1: Water The Plants 

As for the first step, you should water your snake plants. It is the tip I always follow so as to prevent post-transplantation shock. 

Also, it helps me to moisten the soil and loosen the roots enough to take it out easily. Let the plant sit for 30 to 60 minutes once done with watering. 

Step-2: Take Off The Plants From their current Home 

Next is to take the plants from its home. Hold your pot and start removing the soil from the soil. Be careful not to put the trunk and branches at once. 

Here’s what I do- 

  1. Soak the tray enough to moisten the seedling soil ball. 
  2. Using a spoon or trowel, scoop out the plant seedling with its soil. 
  3. Be careful of one thing: handle the seedling from its leaves, not the stem. 

Step-3: Inspect The Roots And Leaves 

Inspect the roots and leaves of your snake plants. prune off the roots and leaves that Healthy roots are white or off-white in color and firm to touch. I generally cut through or loosen the dense mat and severely roots to promote growth. 

Step-4: Transplantation  

Now you have to prepare for the snake plant transplantation. Choose a pot that is only 2 inches longer than the current container size. Or choose the a suitable place for snake plant.

This is the major step- transplantation.  Pour the potting soil into the bottom of the plant. Place the plant in the center and fill the gap with fresh soil. 

Be careful of the depth. Replant the snake plant at the same depth as it was before. To make this easy, I just looked at the plant carefully, which gave me a clear indication of the depth. 

[Avoid packing too much soil, as it can hamper the drainage systems of your snake plants.] 

Step-5: Water The Plants Once Done 

That’s all! Now, just water the plants thoroughly to help them settle down in their new location. 

As the snake plants are hardy enough naturally, thus avoid watering in any case. Don’t water your plants until the soil is dry to the touch. Keep the pot in a place where there is indirect sunlight. 

Transplanting Snake Plants In Water

Now that you wonder if it is possible to transplant your snake plant into water, the answer is yes. This is why the snake plant is a good candidate for propagation. The process is quite simple, and you never think about it. 

All that you need to check if your snake plant is healthy enough to transplant in water. Inspect the plants for root rots and yellowish leaves, signing they are damaged. If so, cut them out from the body.

Transplanting Snake Plants In Water

Now, prepare your water. Choose a vessel or put it where the plant can be submerged conveniently. Otherwise, the plant may dry out. Fill the jar or vessel with room-temperature water.

Hold your plant and place it in water. Now, put the jar in a location with bright indirect light. Also, you need to keep your water fresh. Change the water once every one to two weeks.

Transplanting Snake Plants From Water to soil

Are you wondering how to transfer a snake plant from water to soil? The process is almost similar to transplanting a plant from water to soil. We’ve already discussed the processes needed above. 

Transplanting Snake Plants From Water to soil

Additionally, here are some useful factors you need to consider while doing so- 

  1. After removing the plant from the soil, I always try to dry the roots as much as I can before planting. This is because water roots are used in a constantly moist environment, and transferring them directly from the water soil can cause a mess and may lead to root rot and other issues. 
  2. Snake plants thrive in well-draining soil. So, try to pick cactus or succulent mix or any of your potting mix but it shouldn’t retain too much moisture. 
  3. Choose a pot with good drainage holes at the bottom. 

Transplanting Snake Plants From Pups

If you want to transplant your snake plant from your plant’s pups, here are a few additional things you should keep in mind:

  1. Frist stop of how to transplant snake plant babies is, disconnect the pups from the mother pants. If the snake plant pup is still attached to the main plant, gently remove the mother plant from its pot. Then, brush away the excess soil to better see where it is connected.  
  2. Always try to pick the pups with developed roots. They are also easy to separate from the mother plant.
  3. Take a sharp knife and carefully cut the pups from its mother plant. Make sure the pup gets a good section of rhizome with some roots.
  4. When done, let your cut dry properly to prevent root rot.
  5. Now prepare your new pot with soil or potting mix and transplant your pup there following the instructions above. 
  6. After the transplant, make sure to place the pup’s pot in an area with bright light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

Right Time Transplant Snake Plant

The ideal time for transplanting the snake plant is during the active growing season, which runs from mid- to late spring to mid- to late fall. This period offers optimal growing conditions. 

It is a time of cooler temperatures and consistent rainfall, the best balance between temperature and moisture that favors snake plant growth. Also, during this time, the snake plants come out of the dormant stage of winter when, typically, the growth of the snake plant slows down or stops completely. 

During mid to late spring to mid to late fall, the snake plants can easily adjust to the new environment and quickly form new roots. 

So, if you choose this time for transplanting your plant, it will be ideal as there will be optimal chances of a healthier and stronger plant. Moreover, it may also ensure the vibrant display and longevity of your evergreen companion at home.

4 Reasons To Transplant Snake Plant

To me, transplanting the snake plants is a great opportunity to enhance the overall well-being of your beloved plants. For this reason, I generally recommend others to plan for replanting snake plants every two to three years. 

To be frank, 

As for the reasons, there is no exact one indicating it’s time to transplant your snake plants. Sooner or later, you may see some visible signs that will tell you to transplant your snake plant. For instance- 

Reasons To Transplant Snake Plant

To Address The Root Bound Condition 

Last autumn, when I was watering my Sansevieria Trifasciata, I saw that the roots of my plants were emerging from the holes in the pot. 

It is the root bound condition of snake plants

When the snake plants’ roots become so extensive that they require more space to grow, they start emerging through the pot’s holes. 

In some cases, I also see that the roots become so extensive that they start pushing through the walls of the pot and causing a crack. 

It is a sign that the plant’s current container is too small and needs a larger one to grow. If you notice the sign, be sure it is time for transplanting. 

Dry Soil 

Watering the snake plants too often can cause root rot, thus, they don’t need to be done frequently. 

That’s why,

I always water my plants when the soil feels dry. That’s the point here. If you see the soil drying out quickly, it may signify that your plant needs new soil. Poor soil quality or the roots of your plants being congestive due to a smaller pot size can lead to this concern. 

It is time to offer your snake plant a new home with new soil when the water runs through the pot more quickly than ever. 

The Leaves Are Rotting 

In severe situations, you may discover that the brake base of your snake plant’s leaves is yellowing or rotting. This can be the result of inadequate drainage or overwatering. 

Both are detrimental to your snake plant. Here, transplanting your plant into a new pot can be the best solution to address both overwatering and poor drainage conditions. 

Get good drainage soil and transplant the plant. Avoid overwatering after transplantation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Do I Water The Snake Plant After Transplanting It?

Snake plants don’t require frequent watering as excess water can be detrimental to the roots of the snake plants. water your plant thoroughly after transplanting and wait for the soil to dry completely before watering the plant again. 

Are There Any Special Care Instructions For The Snake Plant After Transplanting?

Snake plants do not require much care to thrive beautifully. After transplanting, watering may be required for the root’s growth. However, do not overwater it, as this can lead to root rot. Also, ensure that the soil is not soppy. 


How to transplant snake plants- I hope you get the process all clear and easy. Transplanting a snake plant has no cause for concern or has nothing to take hard. With some proper tools and knowledge, you can ensure the healthier growth of your evergreen companion. Just ensure to maintain the water, soil, and light conditions for your snake plant to make the process a great success. That’s all!

Happy planting! Stay with Planttrick for more updates.

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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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