Updated: April 4, 2022

Dwarf snake plants, also known as Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii,’ are a popular houseplant choice for their air purifying abilities and low maintenance. However, as they grow, they may outgrow their current pot and require transplanting. In this article, we will discuss how to successfully transplant dwarf snake plants to ensure they continue to thrive.

When to Transplant Dwarf Snake Plant

First, it’s important to know when to transplant your dwarf snake plant. The best time to transplant is during the spring or summer months when the plant is actively growing. You’ll want to wait until the plant has outgrown its current pot or until you notice the roots are starting to grow out of the drainage holes.

Steps for Transplanting Dwarf Snake Plant

Now that you know when to transplant, follow these steps for a successful transplant:

  1. Choose a new pot: Select a new pot that is one size larger than the current one. Ensure it has drainage holes at the bottom.

  2. Mix soil: Mix a well-draining potting mix with perlite or sand in a 1:1 ratio.

  3. Remove plant from old pot: Gently remove the plant from its old pot, being careful not to damage the leaves or roots.

  4. Loosen roots: Use your fingers to loosen any tangled or compacted roots.

  5. Add soil to new pot: Add a layer of soil to the bottom of the new pot, ensuring it’s level.

  6. Place plant in new pot: Position the plant in the center of the new pot, making sure it’s at the same depth as the previous pot.

  7. Add more soil: Fill in around the roots with more soil, tapping down gently as you go.

  8. Water thoroughly: Water the plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes.

Caring for Transplanted Dwarf Snake Plant

After transplanting, it’s important to care for your dwarf snake plant properly. Here are some tips:

  • Watering: Water the plant thoroughly but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

  • Light: Dwarf snake plants prefer bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions.

  • Temperature and humidity: These plants can tolerate a range of temperatures but prefer warmer temperatures between 60-85°F. They also prefer low humidity levels.

  • Fertilizing: Fertilize the plant every 2-3 months during the growing season with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.


Can I use regular potting soil for my dwarf snake plant?

Yes, as long as the potting soil is well-draining. You can mix in perlite or sand to improve drainage if needed.

How often should I transplant my dwarf snake plant?

Transplanting should only be done when the plant has outgrown its current pot or when the roots are growing out of the drainage holes. This may be every 2-3 years.

Can I propagate my dwarf snake plant during transplanting?

Yes, you can divide the plant during transplanting by gently separating the plant into smaller sections and planting them in their own pots with fresh soil.

Transplanting your dwarf snake plant can seem daunting, but by following these steps, you’ll ensure your plant continues to thrive and grow happily in its new home. Remember to care for your newly transplanted plant properly with watering, light, temperature and humidity, and fertilizing.