Most people simply plant a single snake plant in a pot, but can you plant different types of snake plants together? What happens if you grow several snake plants together in the same pot? I’m sure you have many questions like these in your mind. The purpose of today’s guide is to try and gain a deeper understanding of this topic.
- 1 Can You Plant Different Types of Snake Plants Together?
- 2 When to Combine Different Types of Snake Plants
- 3 How to Plant Different Types of Snake Plants Together
- 4 What You Need To Take Note
- 5 How to Care for Snake Plants After Repotting
- 6 FAQ’s
Can You Plant Different Types of Snake Plants Together?
Yes, you can plant different types of snake plants together in the same pot or container. Snake plants of different varieties – including variegated and non-variegated varieties – can grow together. Any room would benefit from this stunning and fascinating combination.
Planting two or even more snake plants in a large container just makes sense because snake plants prefer to be root-bound. If the pot is too large for a snake plant to grow in, you should never grow just one in it.
When to Combine Different Types of Snake Plants
In cases when you have an established snake plant in a container and it isn’t in need of repotting, don’t move it to a new container or combine it with other plants. It’s best not to mess with a good thing when it’s going well!
Combining different types of snake plants is best during the following times:
- The snake plants you just bought from the nursery need to be repotted in larger containers, or
- The current containers for two or more snake plants are no longer adequate for them, or
- Repotting is necessary after you divide a larger plant into smaller divisions
How to Plant Different Types of Snake Plants Together
Hold the leaves of your snake plant and carefully pull the container from the bottom. To remove a snake plant from a plastic container, squeeze it to release the soil. For ceramic containers, loosen the soil around the perimeter with a bamboo stick or a pencil beforehand.
Using your fingers, gently remove any loose soil from the root ball once you have removed the plants. Use your fingers to loosen the roots if they are compacted.
Fill your brand-new container with potting mix until it reaches an inch from the top. Plant your two (or more) snake plants in the middle of the container and cover their roots with soil. It is best not to mound up the soil, but to keep it level.
Gently press down on the soil. Make sure the soil is not packed too tightly. Water just enough to moisten the soil, then move the pot to a location where there is medium to bright indirect light. After a few days, the plants should settle down, but if you have treated them well, they should recover and grow fast!
What You Need To Take Note
Ensure that the container you choose is large enough to accommodate both plants – but not too large. Without knowing the size of your plants, it’s difficult to recommend an exact size. As a general rule, using a smaller container is better than using one that’s too big.
Make sure you use a high-quality potting mix for succulents. We like the Superfly Bonsai Succulent Potting Soils Mix. It’s the most effective formula we’ve found for snake plants.
Ensure that the plants are centered in the container. In the case of combining small and large plants, place the larger plant at the back and the smaller ones at the front of the container. The foliage will be easy to see this way.
How to Care for Snake Plants After Repotting
As soon as you pot your different snake plants together, make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight. It is important for the roots to grow in the new pot, and too much light can stress the plant. A snake plant is naturally a low-light plant, but especially so now.
Continue your normal care regimen a week after repotting. For more information, you can read our guide on How To Care For Snake Plants, but here are the basics:
- Maintain a temperature range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 24 degrees Celsius).
- Ensure that there is plenty of medium to bright, indirect light throughout the day.
- If possible, water once every seven to ten days from spring through fall. Water even less in winter. The snake plant can tolerate dry conditions, but it can die if it is overwatered.
- Fertilize every month from spring through fall. Feeding should not be done in the winter.
- Keep the plant’s leaves clean by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth every now and then.
After they become established, your plants will essentially function as a single plant, so they will not need any special attention.
Do snake plants grow better together?
Because they have similar needs, they work well together. For best results, do not pair your snake plant with another type of plant that requires frequent watering or consistently moist soil.
Do snake plants like to be crowded?
Snake plants are popular houseplants for a reason. These plants tend to prefer a slightly crowded pot, so when repotting, pick a pot that is only slightly larger than the original.
How much space does a snake plant need?
A snake plant needs anywhere from 1 inch to 4 inches apart depending on the size of your plant and the size of the container. Space your snake plants accordingly so they can continue to grow and flourish!