Sansevieria is a tough, low-maintenance plant genus which can withstand neglect and can last for years in your home. Due to the thickness of its leaves, it’s also very resilient to pests, which makes snake plant care very easy.

However, it can be toxic to pets.

Plants in the Sansevieria genus are known to purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen at night.

Known to originate from arid or tropical climates, there are over 70 species in the Sansevieria genus. They can also live outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9b and above.

The most common household varieties include Sansevieria Trifaciata (“upright”) and Sansevieria Cylindrica (“bird’s nest”).

Snake Plant Care Sheet

Alternate names: Sansevieria is also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, Snake plant, devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, bow string hemp, or snake tongue.

Snake Plant in the sun's raysSnake Plant Light Requirements

Just like most succulents, snake plants thrive in bright direct sunlight. However, they can survive and grow at a slower pace in low-light conditions as well.

How Often to Water Snake Plants?

Sansevieria is drought tolerant, just like all succulent plants. Watering every 2 – 3 weeks should be enough.

In fact, the only mistake you could make in snake plant care is overwatering.

Snake Plant Care tips: a healthy plant

Best Soil for Snake Plants

The Sansevieria’s soil requirements are not demanding. Like all succulents, snake plants like well-draining soil,even if it doesn’t have a lot of nutrients.

Coconut choir is another good potting medium for sansevieria care since it drains easily and provides plenty of air circulation to the roots.

Snake Plant Care: Fertilization

Snake plants don’t need fertilizer and usually thrive in poor soil, but if you want to supplement the amount of nutrients they’re getting, a half-strength water-soluble fertilizer works just fine.

You can go for an all-purpose one or pick a cactus & succulent fertilizer.

Snake Plant Care: Propagation

Snake plants are easy to propagate by division.


Partial shade to full sun


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snake plant propagation

Visit Florina’s in-depth succulent care guide to learn more about:

  • how to know when to repot succulents;
  • which is the best watering technique;
  • why it’s important to let your plants go dormant in the winter.
About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home.I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants.Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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