Best Soil for Growing Healthy Snake Plants

Snake plants are one of the easiest houseplants to grow due to their resilience and tolerance level but the still require a health base to thrive. you probably ended up on this page because you are either repotting your snake plant, propagating new ones, or having growth issues with your current plant. To know which soil is best for snake plants, you need to first understand their essential needs.

What nutrient or fertilizer do snake plants need?

Snake plants don’t require much nutrients to be honest. It’s actually better to not over-fertilize the soil the snake plant is grown in as that could do more harm than good. Ideally, you should be looking for soil that provides a balanced ratio of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Keep an eye out for soil that can provide a micro-nutrient balance of 10:10:10 or 5:10:10. You should be able to get this from potting soil specifically designed for succulents.

Importance of Well-Draining Soil

In addition to healthy balance of macronutrients, it’s important to use soil that drains well. Typical issues with snake plant care include the development of yellow leaves as well as drooping leaves. These issues can happen when the water doesn’t drain from the soil and causes plant diseases like root rot to develop. An ideal soil for this would be light loamy soil that has a PH between 5.5 and 7.0.

Popular Soil Brands for Snake Plants

The usual brands to include in your shortlist are Miracle-Gro and Hoffman. Both brands carry potted soil mixes specifically designed for succulents and indoor plants. There are boutique brands you can also search for if you are looking for potted soil that’s truly organic.

That’s pretty much it when it comes to basic soil requirement for snake plants. Please note, however, that high-quality soil can only take you so far with snake plant care. It’s important that other needs are also being met such as the plant getting enough sunlight and water.


  • Rose:

    I added pumice into my soil mix and it has helped with the drainage situation. Snake plant looking great!

  • Zamara:

    Anyone have recommendations of succulent soil mix that’s 50/50 perlite and soil?

  • Gnat problems:

    Don’t go cheap people. Repotted my snake plant in the cheapest bag of soil mix from the local nursery and it ended up attracting a storm of gnats.

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