How Often To Water Snake Plant? A Beginners Guide

Have you heard about any plant that has four names? Yep, we are talking about The Snake Plant, also known as "Sansevieria” or “Mother’s Tongue”, “Mother-in-Law’s tongue”. The funniest thing about its name is, it’s called "Mother-in-Law's tongue" representing the sharpness of its leaves.

Tip: Take precaution while mentioning this name in the presence of your spouse!

The snake plant is a succulent type of plant, and it can retain water very well. Therefore, even if you give a little attention to it, the plant wouldn't mind and will survive without much problem. The only problem you might face is watering it.

If you are struggling to figure out the proper watering care for the plant, then stay with us till the end. We are gonna guide you on watering your snake plan.

Watering the Snake Plant

You better know about the must avoidable side before watering the plant. Make sure you water only the soil, not the leaves. Don't even spill any water on the leaves, particularly on the center part of it. Elsewise, it will make the plant rot. This is where the newbies make mistakes a lot.

Over-watering is one of the main reasons why snake plants die. You are always welcome to provide enough water to your snake plant, but for god’s sake, never ever over-water this plant. If over-watering takes place, you will notice the leaves are turning yellow, soft and mushy at its base. Then cut on the watering for certain period of time, so you may not have to face further issues.

How Often to Water

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If you are looking for the exact number of days that you should water you snake plant. Sit tight for the long-awaited announcement! Water your snake planet every 2-4 weeks. The numbers may vary depending on the climate and weather condition of your city, your home’s temperature, lights, and humidity.

The watering limit would be appropriate if we say, you should water your plants sparingly.Meaning, every 2-3 weeks on average, especially in summer times. It may increase to 4 times a week if there is intense heat. In the summer, the plants tend to use more water than usual.

When to Water

During the winter period, you should only water your plant to prevent the soil from fully drying out. So, the time will be the minimum, as the plants don’t use much more water compared to the summer season. It could be even once in a month depending on how freezing cold the temperature is. Watering too much in winter will make your plant rot. 

Before watering, always check if the top inch of the soil is dry or not. Between two watering, the soil must go fully dry. During the growing season, you must follow this rule. Also, make sure the pot is dry too.

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This succulent type of plant will give you the watering signals. When it will be long enough time that the plant is hungry for, the leaves will lean and wrinkle up. If you notice the leaves are turning slimy, guess what? You just over-watered your snake plant. So, eventually, the plant will let you know when it is in need of water.

Water to Use

Using distilled or rainwater is recommended for watering. If you are doing it with tap water, make sure it stands for at least 48 hours for dissipating chlorine, fluorides, etc. It would be better if you can make it to a week.

Adjust the water with the temperature of your room, so the roots don’t get shocked. Water the top of the soil, but don’t drown your plant. While watering, make sure water makes its dripping way through the drainage holes.

Water Less but Don’t Over-water

It is much better if you water the plants too little than over-watering. The snake plants will do fine if you neglect them, rather than giving them much of your attention. So, even if you miss a watering, there is nothing to be worried about.

Do it the next time without any hesitation. Even if you are away from home for a month, your sansevieria will do fine without the lights too.

Being feed occasionally once in a month, will not be any big deal for this succulent plant. If the leaves become soft and greasy or slimy, pull them out before they start to affect the rest of the leaves.


You can easily look after the snake plant or sansevieria, whatever you prefer to call. They are a great source of fresh air for your house. Because at night, they produce oxygen.

Following the provided instructions above, we hope that your snake plant will stay as a great healthy home companion for a long time.

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