The snake plant is one of the most popular houseplants. It’s VERY easy care. The tall attractive leaves draw the eye. There are a number of varieties.
The snake plant (or sansevieria) is a member of the Asparagus family. It is native to tropical Africa, Madagascar, and Southern Asia.
We have developed a printable care guide. Read how easy it is to care for your snake plant.
The Sansevieria plant is also commonly known as Mother-In-Law’s tongue and St George’s Sword.
The Sansevieria plant is drought resistant naturally. It is able to go long spells between watering.
If you are a person that forgets to water your plants, the snake plant is great for you. Snake plants thrive on neglect.
Sansevieria plants are able to grow in both low light and bright indirect light. Which is rare for an indoor plant.
If you have your snake plant growing in a shaded area it will grow a little slower. Bright light will encourage taller growth. Easy!
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This easy care plant is very good for you. Snake plants are one of the best air purifying plants. Sanseverias are called the bedroom plant. They will help you sleep better. They produce oxygen and filter toxins out of the air.
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The sansevieria plant is great for beginners. The plant is popular in home decor. Snake plants boast a variety of colors and leaf shapes.
Snake plant Printable Care Guide:
- Pot (ceramic, plastic, or terra cotta)
- Potting medium (perlite, soil, and orchid bark)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Sansevieria plants prefer well draining soil. The roots will rot quickly if they sit in moist soil.
- A mix of potting soil, perlite and orchid bark will keep the roots happiest.
- Make sure your pot has drainage at the bottom. Do not use a pot with no drainage hole for this plant.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for snake plants.
Pot Size and Type:
- The Sansevieria plant can grow in many different kinds of pots, I like to plant mine in ceramic pots with a drainage hole.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one. Just go to the next size up pot.
- The snake plant will grow faster in bright indirect light. It will also grow just fine in lower light conditions, but the growth will be slower.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window may be appreciated in this circumstance.
- Make sure the snake plant isnt sitting in constant direct sunlight, the leaves can get burnt.
- If you have a variegated variety, the plant will need more light to hang onto the variegation. Otherwise it can convert back to green,
- Water your snake plant when the soil is dry at least an inch down. These plants are typically drought resistant and can withstand longer periods of dryness compared to other houseplants.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- The recommendation for watering is every 2-8 weeks.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
- Never let this plant get wet feet. Overwatering can cause root rot and attract fungus gnats to your plant.
How to Fertilize:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the Snake plant to rest through the winter months.
- The snake plant will do best in temperatures between 55-85 degrees F.
- The snake plant is a hardy resilient plant. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
- Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate:
- Cut leaf near the bottom using sterile scissors
- Cut leaf into 3 inch sections
- Place in water cut side down or place in soil
- After several weeks roots will grow
- Plant in soil when roots are 2-3 inches long
The Sansevieria Snake Plant is a rewarding and perfect plant for a beginner. This plant will grow tall and beautiful with just a little bit of care.
Snake plants contain saponins and are mildly toxic to humans and pets.
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