How to save your overwatered snake plant in 6 steps

overwatered snake plant

How do you deal with an overwatered snake plant? Is there anything you can do to save it or should you get rid of it? And how do you prevent it happening again?

In this article, I’m going to share ways to revive your overwatered snake plant in a few easy steps and also help you understand how to look after your snake plant so that you don’t overwater it again.

How to save your overwatered snake plant in 6 steps

Follow these 6 steps to help save your overwatered snake plant:

  1. Decide if you want to save your overwatered snake plant
  2. Stop watering your overwatered snake plant
  3. Check your snake plant for root rot
  4. Treat the root rot
  5. Remove any dead leaves
  6. Replant your snake plant in fresh soil and prepare to tend to it


The above 6 steps will help you give your overwatered snake plant the best chance of survival. But once you’ve done all that, you don’t just return to your old gardening habits!

Looking after plants takes a bit of knowledge and care. Plants are not all the same and even though they all need water, light and food, they need it in different quantities.

The problem with plants like the snake plant (also known as mother-in-laws tongue) is that they don’t need a lot of water.

Snake plants are a type of succulent. Succulents are plants that are good at adapting to dry conditions and have the ability to store water in their leaves.

Because snake plants can store water and prevent water loss, they don’t need a lot of watering otherwise you’ll end up with an overwatered snake plant!

But the good news is that if you have an overwatered snake plant, there are things you can do that might help you reverse its fortunes and return it to a healthy plant again. 

Your overwatered snake plant will take weeks to recover, so I’m going to share what you need to do to prevent the same mistakes.