Should you spray a snake plant? [What To Do Instead] –ISBUZZLE

While you often see people spraying their plants in various scenarios, which can be beneficial for some plants, that’s just not the case with snake plants.

While it’s not the end of the world if you lose a snake plant along with your other plants, it should be avoided in the future.

If you’re trying to provide the best snake plant care possible, you should know why you shouldn’t spray a snake plant (Sansevieria).


Should you spray a snake plant?

If you’re just wondering if you should water a snake plant, the answer is no, you shouldn’t.

Snakes are naturally succulent, which means they store water in their leaves, making them excellent drought-tolerant plants.

As long as you provide enough humidity (30-50%) there is no need to mist this plant as it thrives with normal watering and a humid growing environment.

Why You Shouldn’t Spray a Snake Plant

Besides not needing to spray, spraying a snake plant may actually do more harm than good, as the leaves like to stay dry.

If the leaves of your Sansevieria stay wet or damp for too long, they can form fungal spores, attract insects to your snake plant, and possibly cause root rot.

Often fungal problems, like powdery mildew, start in the air and then land on the leaves.

These spores need moisture to survive and unfortunately wet leaves can be the culprit. They should therefore not be sprayed and left to dry.

Insects and pests are also attracted to moisture, and wet leaves make them more likely to appear out of the blue.

Root rot is often caused by too much water or standing water due to inadequate drainage, but it can also be caused by constantly wet leaves.

You definitely don’t want to do anything that could cause root rot, because I’m sure you already know how bad it is for plants.

If you don’t know anything about it, you can read my article on how to save your snake plant from root rot.

What about humidity?

While snake plants need a decent amount of humidity to thrive, misting them won’t raise your local humidity to the desired level, at least not for long.

You can briefly increase the humidity, but only while the leaves are wet, and it’s not worth it if you can do something else instead, in my opinion.

If you want to increase your local humidity to a fixed range between 30% and 60%, somewhere in between being ideal, you can do the following.

  • Group other plants together with your Snake plant
  • Place a container with water stones under the plant.
  • Grow in areas with water sources like kitchens or bathrooms
  • Use a good quality humidifier

Please note that these tips are primarily for indoor growing, so if you are growing outdoors, you just need to live in a relatively humid environment for best results.

If you’re wondering how the first 2 tips work, the answer is to group plants close together, they will naturally sweat and generate heat like humans, so local humidity will increase.

By placing a tray of water pebbles under your snake plant, the water will slowly evaporate and also ensure a steady increase in humidity.

How to water instead

Instead of watering, water your snake plant well so it can grow well and look good.

Basically, you want to completely soak your snake plant every time you water, then let it dry out completely before giving it more water.

The drying time of the soil can vary depending on several factors, so it is often necessary to feel the soil each time before watering.

For a more comprehensive guide, check out my article on how to water a snake plant so you can get it right with the least chance of trouble, or going wrong.

If you’re just looking for better overall care, I have a comprehensive guide to snake plant care that’s well worth checking out, especially if you’re new to all of this.

final thoughts

All things considered, spraying snake plants is simply not worth it, as the benefit is short-lived and the complications that may arise outweigh the benefit.

As always, I hope you found this information useful and overall have fun growing your snake plant while you still can.

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