In this article, I will explain How you can identify the cause and solve the problem.
Lack of light, damage plant leaves, pests, and diseases are the common reasons for the Snake plants not growing. Other causes are overwatering, underwatering, and plant stress. Correct all these issues and your snake plant will thrive again.
What to do if the snake plant does not grow?
The second thing is plant stress. Plants also feel stress like humans. Conditions like pest & diseases, temperature fluctuations, overwatering, underwatering put a negative impact on their growth. They do in stress mode and stop growing.
Now that you know there are many reasons that are responsible for inhibiting snake plant growth. Therefore, you need to pay close attention to your plant to identify the main cause. Once you will find the problem then follow the solutions written in this post. Your snake plant will start growing again
- Check the leaves they should be straight, green, and bright.
- Look for the pest infestation
- Check the leaves for common plant diseases
- If your plant is dropping leaves then it is infected by root fungus
- Lift the plant and check the bottom hole. If a snake plant is growing out of it then the root-bound is the cause.
What is the growth rate of snake plants?
There are many varieties that grow taller than others.
For example, Golden Hahnii species grow taller than most of the snake plant species (more than 12 inches straight up).
Winter is a dormancy period of plants. But some snake plants show a little bit of growth on winter days. This is totally normal and is a sign of a perfect growing environment.
Why is my snake plant not growing?
Insufficient light energy
Note: Your ceiling light is not enough for growing a snake plant. You need a bright light source for healthy plants.
It can survive in low light but does not produce new green leaves and leaf patterns.
Snake plants have hard leaves that can tolerate few hours of direct sunlight. You can put the plant near a sunny window to speed up the growth. The morning sun rays are full of vitamins and are less intense. Your plant can easily absorb them.
If you do not have a sunny window then you can use grow lights. These man-made lights are very helpful in growing plants in the absence of sunlight.
An inexpensive 200 watts grow light will cost you around $50 to $85. Install it 24 inches above the plant and turn it ON. Choose LED grow lights because they consume less electric power and emit a full spectrum of light like SUN.
Moreover, LEDs emit less heat and do not need any kind of maintenance.
Low room temperature
The thick leaves store a high amount of water in them. That gives them bright green color and also helps them to produce leaf patterns.
The cold temperature in the room decreases the temperature of store water. The Snake plant leaf tissues start dying due to cold weather and cold water.
Therefore, you need to maintain the room temperature above 60 F for a thriving snake plant.
When they get damaged the plant tries to transport energy to the damaged part to grow it. But the broken path wastes the plant energy and the plant stops growing.
The only way to again kick start snake plant growth is to cut and remove the damaged blade. This way you help your plant to save its energy. Then the plant spends saved energy to produce more beautiful snake plant leaf blades.
Use sterilized sharp shears to cut the damaged snake plant leaves.
Because when you water them, they store enough water in their leaves for days.
But for a healthy plant, you need to follow the correct watering techniques.
I water my snake plants when the potting soil is about to completely dry. The problem with underwater snake plants is they don’t show low watering signs for weeks.
Whenever you see leaf curling, brown leaf tips, and dull color leaves. Immediately give water to your plant.
Overwatering is the second problem related to snake plant growth. When you give extra water to your snake plant the extra water gets collected at the base of the plant. This water invites many fungus problems. The biggest one is root fungus called root rot.
Leaf dropping and yellow snake plant leaves are the common signs of root rot.
In this condition, you need to follow the below steps
- Take the plant out of its container without damaging the root ball.
- Remove the soil from the roots and look for the damaged part.
- Then take the sterilized sharp shears and cut the infected roots.
- At once you can cut 30% of the roots.
- Then throw the old potting soil and wash the plant pot.
- After that fill the same pot with new potting soil and plant your snake plant back in it.
- Do not give water to your plant for 24 hours.
- After that, you can follow the regular care routine.
Tightly packed roots
Every plant needs healthy roots to grow. Suffocated roots become unable to absorb the required amount of water and nutrients.
They need fresh air for the proper functioning of their roots.
To avoid this problem, you should repot your snake plant on time. Repotting is required once every 2 years until the plant achieves its mature height. To repot it take the plant pot 2 inches wide and deep than the current plant pot.
Lack of nutrients
Snake plants do not need a high number of fertilizers. If you are using fertilized soil then you will not face this problem. Otherwise, you need to supply them with extra nutrients in the form of fertilizers to help in their growth.
Succulent and cactus fertilizers are best for snake plants. Buy a liquid nutrient bottle and follow the instruction to avoid over-fertilization.
I do not recommend adding compost in snake plant soil. Because the compost contained potting soil release unpleasant smell. No one wants their home to smell unpleasant. The idea of adding compost is good for plants that you grow outside of your house.
Pests and diseases
To identify these pests, you need to inspect your plant in bright light. In low light, you cannot see these tiny insects. When you are sure about them then the next step is immediately taking action to kill them.
The simple solution is to take the rubbing alcohol pour it on cotton and wipe the leaves. This will kill them in seconds.
If the problem is served then you can buy an insecticidal soap and wash your plant by using normal temperature water.
The last option is extremely powerful and that is the use of commercial pesticides. For house plants, we do not use pesticide sprays. They are harmful to humans and we use them on outdoor plants only.
How to speed up the snake plant growth?
It is normal for a snake plant not to grow in the winter season.
Most houseplants do not grow on cold winter days. We call it a dormancy period means the rest period of plants. but you need to follow the same caring routine throughout the year.
Note: Plants do not need fertilizers and required less water in the winter season than in summers.
Why isn’t my snake plant growing straight up?
This condition is called leggy growth when a plant starts growing towards the light source.
This means your plant needs more light energy and you should move it close to the light source. Your snake plant will start growing straight up.