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”).
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 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.
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.
LightPartial shade to full sun
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.