Why Are the Tips of My Snake Plant Turning Brown?

If you’ve ever owned a snake plant, then you know it’s not an especially hard-to-care-for plant. That said, you can still do some things to help ensure that your snake plant stays healthy and grows as best it can. Knowing how to keep your snake plant from turning brown at its tips is one such thing. So, if you’re wondering what causes this problem in the first place and how to fix it when it happens, read on!

You’re Overwatering Your Snake Plant

You can tell that your snake plant has been over watered if the tips of its leaves start to turn brown. To avoid this, it’s important to water your snake plants only when the soil is dry and minimally moist. It’s also good practice to check on a snake plant every few days to see if it needs more or less water.

Your Snake Plant’s Roots Are Rotting

It’s not normal for the tips of your snake plant to turn brown. If this happens, there are a few reasons why it could be happening. An over- watering or under-watering could be the cause. Another possible reason is that one side of the pot (transition from soil to pot) may be moist while the other side remains dry.

Your Snake Plant Has a Fungal Disease

You’ve probably heard of a snake plant’s ability to purify the air in your home, but did you know it can also purify itself? The tips of your snake plant turning brown is a sign that the plant needs more air circulation. This happens because fungi thrive in low-oxygen environments, which are the perfect breeding grounds for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot.

While these diseases are treatable with fungicides, prevention is always better than cure! To avoid fungal infections on your snake plant:

  • Increase airflow around the plant by moving it away from walls or placing it on an open bookshelf.
  • Water less frequently (once every two weeks instead of once every week). This will promote root growth at the bottom of the pot and help prevent overwatering issues like root rot that lead to fungal infections like root rot.

Your Snake Plant is Getting Too Much Sunlight

If your snake plant’s leaves are turning brown or brittle, it may be because you’re giving it too much sunlight. Like most succulents, Snake plants are tropical plants requiring a lot of light to thrive. If you live in an extremely hot climate, it’s best to find a new location with more indirect light.

Your Room is Too Hot and Dry

The tips of your snake plant are turning brown because the air in your room is too hot and dry. Snake plants like humidity, so it would be better to place them in a room with a temperature of about 70 degrees rather than 80 degrees. It is also important to water snake plants often because they do not tolerate droughts very well.

You’re Feeding Your Snake Plant the Wrong Food Or Too Much Of It

If your snake plant is growing in an area with low light, it may be that you’re giving it too much food. Snake plants are not fussy about what they eat, and if there’s no need for them to go searching for nutrients, they’ll sit back and enjoy the free meal.

If you’re feeding your snake plant the wrong kind of food or too much of it (and it looks like you are), try cutting down on how often you feed your snake plant from now on.


Hopefully, we’ve given you some tips for how to fix the issues that are causing your snake plant to turn brown. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below!