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Why Do I Have Wrinkled Leaves On My Snake Plants? Oh No!

There are several different causes of wrinkled leaves on snake plants.

Environmental factors can cause this, as can physiological factors.

Here is what I can tell you about wrinkled leaves appearing on snake plants.


Why do I have wrinkled leaves on Snake Plants?

One of the most common causes of wrinkled leaves on snake plants is underwatering. Another common cause is overwatering. However, root rot, not taking care of the snake plant properly during the winter, and incorrectly applying fertilizer can also lead to wrinkled leaves, as well.


Underwatering Is One Possible Cause

When thinking about Why do I have wrinkled leaves on snake plants, you should know that the leaves of a snake plant are usually the first part of the plant that suffers from dehydration.

This is typically what happens with other kinds of plants, as well.

The snake plant’s leaves will develop deep wrinkles in the event that I do not water the plant frequently enough.

This is one obvious sign that the snake plant is thirsty and requires more water than it is receiving.

How long the wrinkles are and how deep they are can vary from snake plant to snake plant. It also depends on how thirsty the plant is, of course.

When I am looking at the snake plant’s taller leaves, I might see that they are droopy due to dehydration.

If I see this, I know I have to water the snake plant more often.


Dealing with Underwatering in Snake Plants

Thankfully, I don’t have to give my snake plant that much water so that it bounces back from dehydration.

I just have to water it once or more between every 14 days or two weeks and every 28 days or four weeks.

The amount of water I have to give the plant and how frequently I water it varies from snake plant to snake plant.

I also have to take the season, the overall quality of the potting soil mix, and the size of the pot into consideration.

During summertime, it is warmer, so I have to water my plants frequently as a result.


Overwatering Snake Plants Can Lead to Wrinkled Leaves

Another part of answering Why do I have wrinkled leaves on Snake Plants is knowing I can harm my plant by overwatering them.

Snake plants’ leaves are typically thick and rich.

Overwatering is definitely a problem. If I overwater my snake plant, it can become waterlogged, which makes it more challenging for the plant to get the nutrients and oxygen it needs.


Solving the Issue of Overwatering

Take a look at the roots and the potting soil. If the soil feels damp, it is best to wait until the soil’s top inch is a bit dry before watering the snake plant again.

I can remove a large plant in order to check the roots for any signs of rot. Rotting roots will look somewhat black and feel squishy.

Rotting roots will also smell bad. If the roots are rotting, get rid of any roots that are damaged and sterilize the other roots with antifungal treatment.


Root Rot May Cause Wrinkled Leaves

Waterlogging your snake plant can cause it to have root rot. However, this can also worsen root rot if it already existed, as well.

Wrinkled leaves are a common sign that your snake plant has root rot.

Leaf yellowing is another root rot symptom.

In most cases, a wet potting mix causes this. A wet potting mix doesn’t allow the snake plant’s roots to absorb the oxygen, nutrients, and water that it needs.

I might also have to pull out the plant from the pot in order to make sure the roots don’t have any sort of fungal infection or illness.

If I find that the entirety of the root system feels quite soft and looks black, the snake plant probably won’t survive, unfortunately.

However, if you find some white and firm roots, you can get your snake plant back to full health eventually.


How to Handle Root Rot

It is easy for root rot to go unnoticed, especially with larger plants.

Root rot’s early symptoms can be quite minor, so this makes noticing root rot difficult.

If I think that watering the plant too much is causing root rot, I feel that it is best to immediately change how often you water the plant.

An antifungal treatment or charcoal powder can provide treatment for healthy roots and get rid of infected roots.


Applying Fertilizer Incorrectly Can Lead to Wrinkled Leaves

If I apply fertilizer to my snake plant incorrectly, it can cause wrinkled leaves.

Snake plants do not need fertilizer regularly. This is because it is a succulent plant.

I recommend applying fertilizer once a month or once every two months during the summer or when the plant is growing rapidly from spring to summer.

It’s important to check for yellowing leaves. If you see yellowing leaves, utilize a fertilizer for houseplants to give the plant the nutrients it requires.


How to Deal with Incorrectly Applying Fertilizer or Too Much Fertilizer

I recommend that you remove excess fertilizer by rinsing out the potting mix with plenty of water.

Wait until the soil is dry and not mushy, then repot the plant.

It is ideal to utilize a fertilizer that is made for houseplants and one that is both all-purpose and organic.

The majority of gardening or home improvement stores should have this kind of fertilizer.

You should also make sure that you do not apply fertilizer to your snake plant too frequently.


The Snake Plant’s Leaves Can Wrinkle Due to Improper Winter Care

As previously mentioned, the snake plant does not require too much water.

During the winter, I advise that you only water your snake plant half as often as you would during the summer.

I also advise that you make sure the snake plant is away from any cold drafts. It is also a bad idea to put the snake plant close to the radiators.

One good idea is to get some neem oil mix and mist the snake plant with it occasionally during the winter.

I should also mention that you should not fertilize the snake plant during the winter, since the plant is dormant then.


The Potting Soil Can Cause Wrinkled Leaves

It is important to consider that the snake plant’s potting soil has to drain well since the plant can easily become overwatered.

The snake plant also needs fresh soil, as does every other plant.

If the snake plant’s leaves are wrinkled and none of the above factors are causing it, it might be a good idea to repot the snake plant.

Fresh potting soil can really help the plant.


Frequently Asked Questions About Why You Have Wrinkled Leaves on Your Snake Plants


What are the most common causes of wrinkled leaves on snake plants?

One of the most common causes of snake plants developing wrinkled leaves is overwatering. This is quite common since the snake plant doesn’t need much water. Another common cause is underwatering.


What should I do if the soil is too overwatered and isn’t helping the snake plant?

The soil may be too far gone. I recommend that you repot the snake plant if the soil is too overwatered and doesn’t help the snake plant anymore.



There are many possible causes of wrinkled leaves on snake plants.

However, I should mention that it is possible to deal with these causes and save the snake plant in most cases.

Keep a careful eye on how much you water the plant, fertilize it properly, and repot the plant when necessary.

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.