Pro Guide to Snake Plant Root Rot: How to Fix & Save Your Plant



Snake plants, or mother-in-law’s tongue (Dracaena trifasciata, formerly Sansevieria trifasciata), with their distinctive, sword-like leaves standing tall are well-known houseplants that are loved for their easy care and stunning looks.

There aren’t many problems that plague Snake Plants, but sometimes under certain conditions, they may develop the dreaded root rot.

Key Tips: Snake Plant Root Rot

Snake Plant root rot is caused by overwatering, resulting in oxygen-starved roots. Prevent it with well-drained soil and waiting for the top soil to dry before watering.

What Is Root Rot?

Root rot is a general name for several soil-borne fungi that will attack plant roots: Phytophthora spp., Pythium spp., Fusarium spp., and Rhizoctonia solani.

The Main Reason Snake Plants Get Root Rot

- Heavy, poor-draining soil - A pot without a drainage hole - Low temperatures - Low light - Too big a pot - Watering while the plant is dormant

Symptoms: What Root Rot on a Snake Plant Looks Like

Above the soil, Snake plant leaves will turn yellow and become soft and droopy.  Sometimes brown, soggy spots will develop on the base of the foliage.

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