Sansevieria close-up

Sansevieria – Snake Plant Care

If you are new to houseplants, here’s where I’d recommend you to start: Snake Plants. Because there is a large variety and they are so easy to care for… only good stuff!

If you already have a well-set home jungle, I’d still recommend you to continue your journey into Snake Plants. There’s a never-ending number of varieties and they’s are all so gorgeous!


Being one of the most common house plants in the market, you can find Sansevieria anywhere if you’re looking for one.

Yet, a great addition to any house, public space, or office.

This is a hardy plant and will adapt to most conditions you may be able to provide it with. And its elegant shape will be a great design element to your space as well.

But their eye-catching appearance, easy-care, and hardiness are not their only key features…

According to a NASA study, these plants are on the top of the list for their air purifying capabilities.

Snake Plants remove toxins from the air, which makes them specially suitable for your bedroom.

Plant ID:

Sansevieria (a.k.a. Dracaena Trifasciata, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Devil’s Tongue, Snake Plant, Snake Tongue).

Sansevieria Collection - Black Coral Sansevieria, Sansevieria Futura Superba, Sansevieria Moonshine, Sansevieria Cylindrica.
Sansevieria Collection

My collection:

In the above picture you can see 4 of the different varieties that I own at the moment:

  • Black Coral Sansevieria
  • Sansevieria Futura Superba
  • Sansevieria Moonshine
  • Sansevieria Cylindrica

Plant origin:

Native to Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia.

Difficulty Level:

Beginner.

Growth:

It’s rather slow-growing.

Light:

Being commonly known as a low light plant, it can appreciate a little brighter space with indirect light.

You are safe to place it in your darkest corner – no, I don’t mean that room without a window where no live being would enjoy living in! – but, as said earlier, this plant is very adaptable to almost any type of conditions.

And being at the lowest light spot in your home shouldn’t harm it, it would simply slow down or even stop its growth.

Tip: if you keep it in low light, do move it closer to a window every once in a while in order to rejuvenate it – as much as it tolerates that dark-ish corner, it will not live happily in low light forever.

This being said, it will also appreciate a bright spot or even a sunny window, where – if you’re lucky – it may reward you with their unusual-looking flowers and speed up their growth to a whole new level. Remember what their natural habitat was? Yes, sunny and dry!

Dark-leaved species will do best in lower light and bright-leaved varieties or those with variegation will do best in a more well-lighted area.

Snake Plant Collection and Care Guide

Water:

These plants are extremely forgiving and will live even if you forget about them for a while.

No-brainer here! Almost a set it and forget it type!

I water mine when the soil is completely dry and, when I do, I will give it a good drink, allowing the water to come out of the drainage holes on the bottom.

In my specific conditions, this will be around every two-three weeks in the warmer seasons and every month (or less) when the weather is dark and cold.

I do keep most of my Sansevierias in lower light conditions, meaning they wouldn’t need water as often. Watering requirements will always vary according to the type of pot, soil, and light houseplants live in.

When it comes to the type of water to use, these are not picky and will do fine with tap water.

If you are unsure whether to water it again, back off: it will do best if you let it dry out a bit longer than if you water it too much!

Humidity:

These houseplants won’t mind having no humidity at all.

I wouldn’t think they mind a humid environment either! As said, they are some of the strongest plants you can have.

Of course do keep in mind that these like it dry and have succulent-like leaves! But if there is a plant you can experiment with, this is the one.

Fertilizing:

May not need it as often as some other plants, but do give them some food during the growing season.

Soil:

I like to use a very airy and well-draining soil for these guys. Either a cactus mix or a regular potting soil with plenty of perlite or sand. Try it and test it!

As long as the water is not sitting on the top of the soil taking ages to go through, you should be fine.

Pot:

These like it compact and can stay in the same pot until they break it open on their own!

Of course, I am talking about terracotta pots, it would be harder to break a plastic pot open… But terracotta is great because it will avoid over-watered and soggy soil.

My first propagation attempt of Sansevieria!
My first propagation attempt of Sansevieria!

Propagation:

In the right conditions, the Snake Plant will push out new growth. These will be offshoots coming from the sides of the existing stems. When they are mature enough, you can simply separate them with a sharp knife and start a new planter.

Another option is through division:

  • Get a mature plant you have had for a while or ask your neighbor for some of theirs, and simply divide it.
  • Get some of those leaves with root systems attached and pot them up for yourself.

You can also propagate these leaves in water or soil. Simply cut a couple of leaves directly from the bottom of the leaf, cut it in smaller sections along its length, wait a couple of days for the tips to harden up, and then place them (bottoms down) on water or soil.

Eventually, you’ll have long enough roots for a new plant to develop. Be patient though, it will take a loooong while!

Tip: to cut the bottoms in a “V” shape seems to speed up the process.

Pet safe:

No!


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