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Understanding the Causes of Browning Leaves on your Snake Plant

Are you noticing your Sansevieria’s leaves turning yellow? Overwatering is the most common culprit, but don’t fret! With a few simple adjustments and some care tips, you can get your Snake Plant looking healthy again. From checking the soil to cutting off brown tips to adjusting the amount of water and light, we’ve got all the info you need to diagnose and solve the problem of your Snake Plant’s yellow leaves. Read on to learn more about how to save your Sansevieria!

Reviving a Dying Snake Plant

Saving a dying snake plant can be done by mimicking the conditions of its native range. Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light and should not be placed in direct sunlight as this can cause brown spots to develop on the leaves. In order to revive your snake plant, it is important to provide infrequent watering, indirect light, and a warm temperature to prevent cold stress.

Additionally, it is important to remove dead or dying leaves from the soil. To do this, you need to cut off the dead leaves with sharp scissors or a knife. This will help keep your snake plant looking its best and promote new growth.

If your snake plant is turning brown, it could be due to either over or underwatering. A simple inspection of the soil will let you know what’s happening. If the soil feels soggy and waterlogged, this means that your snake plant is getting too much to drink.

On the other hand, if the soil is dry and crumbly, this could indicate that you are not giving your snake plant enough water. If you think you may be underwatering your snake plant, increase the amount of water you give it and see if you can bring back some of the green leaves. It’s possible that the roots have already started to rot and the plant won’t recover if the leaves are still yellow.

In this case, it is best to cut out the damaged roots, wash them thoroughly with water, and transplant into a new potting medium in order to prevent further root rot caused by overwatering. Repoting will help the plant by providing a better environment for growth.

If you find that the brown parts of the tip are minimal, then it is possible to cut these off. However, make sure that you trim your plant in a way that looks good to you as the tip won’t grow back. If there is extensive damage to one or more leaves, it is best to cut them off at the soil line. New shoots will be sent up soon by the rhizome root structure.

Finally, it is important to check the roots of your snake plant. Move your Snake Plant out of its pot by gripping it near the base. If you want to inspect the roots, rinse the dirt off. It is important that they are firm, white, or bright orange in color if they are healthy. If they are rotting, they will be gray, brown, or black and feel slimy.

Saving a Snake Plant from Root Rot

Why is my snake plant rotting at the roots? The most common cause of root rot in Snake Plants is overwatering. When the potting soil gets too damp for too long, it cuts off the oxygen supply to the plant’s roots which can lead to their weakening and eventual decay. To prevent this, it is important to make sure that you water your Snake Plant infrequently and ensure that there is proper drainage in order for excess water to be able to escape from its pot. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check if your potting soil has become soggy or overly moist before watering your plant again. If this is the case, you may want to repot into a new medium with better drainage properties.

Fortunately, if your Snake Plant is suffering from root rot in its early stages, it can still be saved. The first step to take is to remove the plant from its pot and inspect the roots. If they are decayed or rotted, they should be removed immediately to prevent the problem from spreading further. After removing any affected roots, repot your snake plant into fresh soil that has been sterilized and treated with a fungicide to help protect against future outbreaks of root rot.

Additionally, it is important to move your snake plant to a sunny spot as direct sunlight will help remove water from the soil and excess water will evaporate over time as the plant uses the water faster.

When it’s time to water your Snake Plant, make sure that you only water when the soil is completely dry. You can check if the soil is dry by either using a moisture meter or simply sticking your finger into the potting mix and feeling for any dampness. If there is still some moisture present, then wait a few more days before watering again.

Tips for Preventing and Treating Brown Tips on Snake Plant Leaves

Should I cut brown tips off snake plant? One important tip is that you shouldn’t cut off the brown tips. This could cause more damage to your snake plant’s leaves as they are prone to scarring, which is why this is usually not recommended for a lot of houseplants. It’s best to leave them be as the leaves will grow back in time once healthy conditions have been established. If the brown part of the tip covers a large area and looks unsightly, then you can trim it slightly with sharp scissors or a knife but make sure that it still looks aesthetically pleasing. To help prevent further damage from occurring, make sure that your Snake Plant has access to adequate light and water according to its needs. Additionally, try not to move your plant around too much as this can disrupt its natural growing cycle and result in more stress for your Snake Plant. For more information on snake plant care visit our guide here!

The most important thing to remember is that if the tips of the leaves are turning brown this is an indication that the plant has been overwatered. If you provide your plant with too little water, its leaves will feel dry and crispy to the touch, while if you provide it with too much water, its leaves will be soft and limp.

To fix brown tips on plants, it’s possible that you need to water more often and slowly reduce the number of days in between watering as you check the soil. Look for signs of improvement in your plants.

Caring for Your Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

When it comes to watering your Snake Plant, it is important to remember that less is more. Overwatering is the most common cause of Sansevieria leaves turning yellow and drying out, so you want to make sure that the top 50% of soil has dried out before providing additional water. Too much water can lead to root rot which can damage or even kill your plant if left unchecked. It’s also important not to forget about drainage when it comes to watering your snake plant. Make sure there’s a drainage hole at the bottom of its pot as this will allow excess water to escape and prevent root rot from occurring. Additionally, you should always use fresh soil each time you repot as this will help provide better aeration for roots while they are growing in their new environment. In order for Snake Plants (Sansevieria) to thrive they need bright but indirect light and warm temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C). If temperatures drop too low, cold stress may occur which can result in droopy leaves or brown spots appearing on them after prolonged exposure. To avoid cold stress be sure not give your snake plant too much direct sunlight or place it near any air conditioning vents or fans as these could also cause problems for its health over time. Finally, make sure that dead or dying leaves are removed from the soil periodically with sharp scissors or a knife in order keep your snake plant looking its best and promote new growth from rhizome roots structure underneath the soil surface.


Sansevieria, also known as the Snake Plant, is a low-maintenance plant that can thrive with only minimal care. It is important to water your plant only when the top 50% of the soil is dry, and to make sure water flows freely from the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. If the tips of the leaves are turning brown, this is an indication of overwatering. If the leaves are yellow, you may be underwatering. If the roots are rotting, it is important to cut out the damaged roots, wash the plant thoroughly, and replant it in fresh soil. Finally, make sure to give your plant bright indirect light and a warm temperature to prevent cold stress. With proper care, your Sansevieria plant can thrive for years.