How to Fix a Snake Plant With Drooping Leaves

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Things You'll Need

  • Compost

  • Potting soil

  • Shovel or trowel

  • Pot with drainage hole


If the snake plant’s leaves shrivel or bend, water it more frequently than is your habit.

The snake plant is also called Sansevieria and "mother-in-law's tongue," for its sharp, upright leaves, which are mottled green and yellow and resemble a snake. Up to 140 species and varieties of this plant exist, but only 15 of them are available as potted plants at nurseries. Related to cactus, these succulent plants require little care and only occasional water. If you give your snake plant the conditions it needs, it will remain healthy and the leaves won't droop. However, if the leaves begin to lose their upright form and droop, it's time to take action to save your plant.


Step 1

Plant your snake plant in garden soil that contains organic compost and drains quickly if you are growing it outdoors; plant it in fast-draining potting soil if you are growing it as a houseplant. Also, grow it in an area where it receives dappled sun.

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Step 2

Maintain a temperature above about 50 degrees Fahrenheit in your snake plant's environment. If this plant becomes too chilled, the leaves will droop.

Step 3

Repot or move a plant when its leaves droop — this condition often results when the plant receives excessive water. Dig it up or remove it from its pot, rinse off all old soil and replant it in fresh potting soil or an outdoor area where drainage is better.

Step 4

Cut back all drooping leaves: they will not revive after you repot it, but new growth will be upright.



Barbara Fahs

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.