How to Fix A Snake Plant With Mushy Leaves

Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by Stephanie

The squishy leaves degrade the architectural beauty of the Snake Plant. What happens when they cease to be stylish spears and begin to develop soft and squishy patches rather than the striking foliage?

The leaves of the snake plant which have a soft, spongy texture suffer from an infection caused by fungal bacteria. The most frequent cause is over-watering. reason for this issue. Soggy and wet soil promotes the development of fungal spores which result in rot and softened leaves of the snake plant. Make use of a fungicide that is appropriate to treat soils affected and remove dead leaves and then replace the soil.

Why is My Snake Plant Mushy?

The leaves that are mushy from the plants snake are decaying but are still attached to the plants, and this is quite unusual.

Snake plants are prone to water damage from overwatering. You might be surprised however, the truth is that a Snake Plant is succulent.

The leaves are used to store water in order to continue to flow in the event of drought.

If you are able to overwater the Snake Plant, the luscious tissue is unable to absorb any more water.

Instead, the water remains in the soil and slowly chokes the roots.

Additionally, fungi are found in soil and attack decaying tissue by eating their way through the leafs insides and then destroy it.

Its dark. However, the Snake Plant is resilient, and you have several alternatives to save it.

How to Fix Mushy Snake Plant

[1] Remove the Mushy Leaves

The leaves that are mushy and dead and wont be able to recover. The squishy tissue is infected with disease and needs to be removed and eliminated.

The plant is in a state of decay. plant. If the leaves remain in place, the entire Snake Plant will die.

Cut the leaves that are diseased to the ground using sterile, clear shears.

Theres no reason to stand back, as even the tough areas of a leaf that have an infection with fungal spores are likely to be carriers of the pathogen responsible for it.

It is possible to cut off the entire thing at soils surface. It is not possible to compost the leaves as they could bring harmful fungi into the compost.

Instead, double bag them before throwing them in the trash can.

Then, clean your shears to stop the spreading of diseases from one area of your collection to the next.

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[2] Fungal Disease Treatment

Then, youll have to treat the illness in itself. However the options you have are contingent on the severity of the disease and your confidence in strong chemical.


Powdered cinnamon is among the most gentle fungicides that you can apply in this scenario.

Applying cinnamon dust to the affected root and then spreading throughout the soil will stop the spread of infection because it has natural anti-fungal properties.

as an effective root stimulator Its an ideal natural option for those who have lost both roots and leaves.

Potassium Permanganate

Potassium permanganate, which is also referred to as Condys Crystals can be a non-impact therapy choice. (Check for prices on Amazon here.)

Its safe enough to be used as a prescription for skin problems, so its among the most safe alternatives for your houseplants.

A suitable dilution ratio is 1 teaspoon of crystals per gallon of water. This results in a clear, pink liquid that is easy to make.

Spread it over the roots of the plant and then into the ground to eliminate the fungi . Give the Snake Plant a fighting chance.

Copper Fungicides

A copper-based fungicide is the best chance of saving an infected Snake Plant when all else is in vain.

But, these fungicides can be powerful, so make sure you be sure to read the label and take the appropriate safety precautions when applying them to your plant or skin.

To treat fungal illnesses. These are the fungalicides that I suggest:

[3] Soil and Drainage

Examine your soil for any necessary adjustments to bring your soft Snake Plant back to health!

They require a sandy, loose growing medium that drains well.

Take a close look at your medium. How wet and swollen is it? Does the smell bother you?

Are you worried about it being too dense or spongy, with organic matter in it?

It is necessary to repot the Snake Plant if you answered yes to any of the following questions.

The native snake plant is deserts and their soil has to reflect this.

I prefer using two parts of standard potting soil One part sand, one portion perlite, and some generous quantities of gravel to make my mixes.

This gives them the necessary drainage to flourish.

A top-quality commercial cactus and succulent mix can suffice If youre not looking to have to deal with the hassle. (You can check prices on Amazon costs here)

The choice of the best pot is a crucial decision too.

The snake plants need pots that have lots of drainage holes to stop water from accumulating in the bottom of the pot.

The material of the pot is important. Utilizing terracotta or unglazed ceramics to aid in wicking water from the pot is an excellent option when you are prone to watering your plants.

Here are the complete instructions to repot the roots of a Snake Plant with rotting roots.

In general you can repot the medium in a pot that is clean and has numerous drainage holes, and preferably one that is made of porous material.

Is Your Snake Plant Over-watered?

Mushy and Soggy Leaves

Mushy and sodden leaves are a clear indication the Snake Plant has root rot.

Desert plants, like the Snake Plant, requires a large amount of air pockets in the soil surrounding its roots.

They require oxygen, which is supplied by tiny air pockets that are found in dry, loose soil.

The roots of the Snake Plant begin to die when they are excessively watered. Theyll die and decay when the issue isnt treated promptly.

Infested fungi and bacteria can invade the soil and get into the plants tissues and cells, causing severe destruction.

The same fungi that eat the roots also infects the tissue also. What happens? Leaves that are soft and rotting, and a Dead Snake Plant if not treated.

Leaves Turning Yellow and Soft

The leaves of the Snake Plant will start to become yellow and soft, before they are saved.

The reason for this is that tissues absorb more fluid than it can handle and causes the leaf to become soft.

Its good to watch out for leaves that are yellow, because theyre often the first indication of decay.

If you act swiftly to act quickly, you can stop spreading the virus and also save certain plants.

Brown Spots and Wilting Leaves

The appearance of brown spots and the wilting of leaves are not as severe indicators of excessive watering.

Snake Plant Snake Plant is ironically suffering from dehydration, as its roots drowse and can no longer maintain their leaves filled with water.

When the system of rooting gets weakened and becomes weaker, it is unable to draw water from the medium and transfer this to leaves.

Even though it has much more water that it can utilize The Snake Plant dies of thirst.

Root Rot

Potted Snake Plant which is constantly overwatered is likely to begin to develop root rot.

The roots cant endure without air breathing and eventually will end up dying and rotting away.

The fungi and bacteria that live within the soil invade the system, destroying dead roots and degrading the tissues as they move throughout the plants.

If not treated promptly If it is not treated promptly, a Snake Plant with root roots will grow soft leaves that are mushy.

Drooping Leaves Will Fall

Based on the type, the mature Snake Plant is a sight to behold with elegant spears that are more than one foot long, and striking with their force.

However, if the soil is wet plants begin to die and then completely.

Roots that arent functioning properly are the reason for their lack of hydration.

They can also drop at the base of their bodies if their medium is not sufficiently moist.

As time passes the leaves grow long and heavy on top and the sloppy, wet soil is difficult to walk on.

It is said that the Snake Plant wilts quickly because it is unable to maintain its spears in a straight line.

How to Water a Snake Plant

The Snake Plant requires less water than you believe.

They are truly remarkable survivors who have developed to make the most of every drop of water they get.

They do not require a lot of water and can be severely affected if you overdo it by using the watering bottle.

  • Verify the condition of the soil prior to adding water to the Snake Pot. The soil should be scorched at least two inches below the soils surface.
  • It is easiest to test this with an inserted finger into the soil with the second knuckle. However, using a popsicle stick or chopstick can also be used. The time to water is just after 2 or 3 inches and the tip is clear.
  • Make sure to soak your Snake Plant completely in fresh pure water whenever its time to drink water. Rainwater is the best option, however filtering tap water or distillate it is sufficient.
  • In this stage, I prefer to drain my pot, that removes stagnant water that has accumulated at the bottom, as well as any salts or fertilizer residues that remain in the soil.
  • Then, let the pot to completely drain prior to returning the pot back its original place. There is no need for leftovers to sit in drip tray or saucers.

How much water youll need to provide to your Snake Plant depends on its growth conditions.

For instance, you might require watering your plants every week or more in the dry, hot summer months.

But, you can expect that the growing medium will remain wet longer after the season of growth has ended You may just have to feed your Snake an occasional drink each month!

Snake plants are tough. They will not take long before they will recover after treatment and altering your timing for watering.



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