INSIDE : Learn the best plant tips for your Snake Plant care! Helpful plant ideas for Sansevieria – from watering needs, light requirements, grow big healthy Snake Plants.
2019 was the year that I dove deep into Snake Plants. I distinctly remember my childhood home having a Snake Plant. I don’t recall my mom ever watering it or moving it or tending to it at all… but it was always there in our home.
Snake Plants are magical plants and really are having a resurgence in popularity. I went from having no snake plants to now having five and in the middle of propagating an additional one!
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I have learned quite a bit about Sansevieria over the last year and I am so excited to share some of the important care tips I’ve found out about them.
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How to care for Snake Plants:
Snake Plants are one of the easiest house plants to take care of. This tall skinny leaved plant is very forgiving and perfect for the beginning plant owner. See my 11 Hard to Kill Houseplants post.
Sansevieria are evergreen perennials that can grow anywhere from eight inches to 12 feet high. Their leaves are more stiff, broad and upright than many typical indoor houseplants. Their leaves come in a variety of green, yellow and white patterns. And they are most known for being able to survive in some of the worst growing conditions.
How often should you water a Snake plant?
For being such an easy going plant, it does have one downfall that can take your plant down… too much water. Always make sure the soil of your plant is completely dry before watering it again.
I am a huge believer in watering plants once a week (my watering day is Fridays). However, in reality, on Friday’s I simply walk around to all of my plants and give them a check. Most plants need a weekly watering, however that is not the case for Snake Plants – I still give them a weekly check, though.
Water your Snake Plants about every other week. Soggy soil will cause root rot and can lead to the death of your plant. During winter, reduce watering to monthly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. Always err on the side of under watering with a snake plant.
How much light do Snake Plants need?
Even though Sansevierias prefer bright indirect levels, they also withstand higher AND low light levels – it’s not many plants that would make it no matter what light conditions you give them!
Some say they can adapt to full sunlight conditions, but living in New Mexico with our intense sunshine, I’ve never had luck with that. I recommend keeping them out of too much direct sun. However, Mother-in-laws-tongue variety is best known for coping with more direct sun AND lower light conditions.
Check out my Best Sunlight Levels for Indoor Houseplants post.
What supplies are needed in growing Snake Plant?
What are other names for Snake Plant?
Snake plant’s latin name is Sansevieria, but they have many unusual common names, including Mother-in-law’s tongue, Viper’s Bowstring Hemp and St. George’s sword.
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Is Snake Plant an indoor or outdoor plant?
In general, sansevieria is an indoor plant. However, in more warm humid climates Snake Plants can be grown outdoors, too. Be sure to check with your state’s regulations because some areas, have Snake Plant restrictions on outdoor planting due to their spreading nature.
Why are my Snake Plant leaves falling over?
There are three main reasons why your Snake Plant leaves may be falling over in their pot, improper watering, too little light or your plant may need to be re-potted.
Droopy snake plant leaves often are because the plant is overwatered. Water snake plant only when the top 2 or 3 inches of soil is completely dry, which turns out to be about once every two weeks in the warmer months and once a month in the cooler.
Although Snake plants can survive in very low light levels, leaves that are falling over can be an indication that the plant has been in excessive darkness for too long of a period.
One last reason your plant may have bent over leaves is that it has been in the same pot for too long and needs to be repotted. Snake plants typically can get root bound and need to be repotted only every three to five years.
How do you propagate Snake Plant?
Snake Plants are very easy to propagate, which make such fun plant gifts! Check out my how to wrap and gift plants + plant tag printables.
The easiest way to propagate Snake Plants is from their new shoots that emerge from the soil. As new leaves come up, they can be taken out of the soil and potted independently. They are rapid growers once established.
Do Snake Plants make the air cleaner in my home?
This makes me so happy, Sansevierias are one of the best plants when it comes to air purification. They filter out formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides in the air. They do this at night time, which makes them great plants for the bedroom.
NASA conducted a study on Snake Plants and came to the conclusion that you need at least 15 to 18 medium-to-large size plants for a 1,800 square-foot home – so let’s get buying!
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