Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, Snake Plant, Devil’s tongue, Jinn’s tongue, Bowstring hemp, or Snake tongue, these plants are very resilient to pests and super easy to care for!

Sansevieria is a tough, low-maintenance plant genus that can withstand neglect and can last for years in your home. They can also live outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9b and above. Known to originate from arid or tropical climates, there are over 70 species in the Sansevieria genus.


Short Snake Plant Care Guide

Soil of the philodendrons types

Soil Requirements:

Well-drained soil
Water requirements for the philodendron types

Water Requirements:

Drought tolerant. Allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
Light requirements

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light would be ideal, but can grow and thrive in low-light environments.

Temperature Range:

Day - 60-80 °F (15-26 °C)/ Night - 55-70 °F (12-21 °C)


Depends on the variety you own.
Native to


Winter hardy in USDA Zones 9B through 11.


Toxic to humans and pets



Snake Plant Care – Growing Requirements

  • Light Requirements

The ideal amount of light required to grow a happy snake plant is bright, indirect light. However, just like most succulents, snake plants can withstand full sun and also survive and grow at a slower rate in low-light conditions as well.

  • Watering Needs

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, as the plant can easily suffer from root rot.

  • Soil Requirements

When it comes to soil, Snake Plants are not demanding. Like all succulents, Snake Plants will thrive and grow in well-drained soil, even if it doesn’t have a lot of nutrients.

  • Fertilizing

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

You can go for an all-purpose fertilizer or pick one for cacti & succulents.

  • Propagation

Snake plants can easily be propagated by division. Check out Mari’s article for more info on how to propagate succulents.

Types of Snake Plants

As mentioned above, there are a lot of Sansevieria varieties out there, but the most common and popular household varieties are Sansevieria Trifasciata and Sansevieria Cylindrica.

Check out our article on the most awesome types of snake plants, so you can choose the one that fits your personality and style best.

Gail Edwards
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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