How to Care for Snake Plants – Sansevieria

Sansevieria (also called Mom-in-Legislation Tongue or Snake Plant) is an incredible plant. The sansevieria initially got here from Africa and made its strategy to Europe within the 18th century.

The scientific identify for this specific sansevieria is Dracaena Trifasciata. It has hanging sculptural magnificence and the care could be very easy. I’ve snake vegetation in practically each room of my house and so they deliver numerous visible curiosity to the surroundings! 

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There have been research that present the sansevieria removes dangerous chemical compounds from the surroundings and releases oxygen, leading to it having air purifying qualities. The jury remains to be out on how efficient it’s in purifying the air, however I nonetheless have one in virtually each room 🙂

This particular plant is a good starter plant and with its simple care, you’ll be able to’t go flawed with it! On this submit, I needed to share some tips about caring on your sansevieria.


Once you get a sansevieria from the backyard retailer or perhaps a good friend shared a part of theirs, it is advisable know what to take action your new plant can thrive. First, snake vegetation LOVE effectively draining soil. Keep away from compact soil as a result of this sort of soil will maintain extra moisture and will result in root rot.

Root rot is when the soil will get waterlogged. If the plant stays moist for too lengthy, the roots can rot and finally, your plant will die. That is the quickest strategy to kill a sansevieria.

These vegetation are similar to cacti on the subject of their care. They don’t prefer to be sitting in water for too lengthy. One of many principal issues that can preserve your plant from root rot is effectively draining soil.

You should purchase a premade cactus/succulent soil (it’s a mixture of sand and soil) and most backyard shops will carry it. Having the sand within the soil will preserve the soil aerated and let the water run by way of the soil.

Including a scoop of Perlite is an excellent addition in the event you’d like to maximise the soil’s aeration. Perlite is of course derived and comes from volcanic eruptions. For those who add your individual sand to your soil combine, ensure that it’s made particularly for gardeners and growers.

Different sands (like play sand) are literally extra compact and never the perfect for drainage in your vegetation. It might go with out saying, however by no means use soil that has been outdoors. This can make your plant vulnerable to pests or different organisms discovered outside.

I did this as soon as and discovered my lesson in a short time and introduced in further little critters that have been dangerous to my plant.

For pots, I really like terracotta pots. These are the reddish clay ones that you could find virtually anyplace. The terracotta permits the dust to “breathe” so the moisture isn’t trapped inside. Terra cotta pots assist with avoiding root rot as effectively.

The plant will dry out a lot sooner in a terracotta pot as a result of the clay wick’s water is from the soil. I’ve some vegetation in ornamental earthenware pots that aren’t terracotta as effectively, however all of them have a drainage gap on the backside.

Ensure that all pots have a drainage gap so the water has a method of escaping! Sitting water on the backside of your pot will possible result in demise by root rot. Typically, I’ll discover a beautiful clay pot however there isn’t any gap on the underside!

That is simply fastened by drilling a gap utilizing a selected drill bit. A fast YouTube video will educate you what it is advisable know in the event you’ve by no means drilled a gap in a pot. 

I repot my sansevieria solely after they want slightly extra wriggle room or once I buy a brand new plant and must take it out of the plastic pot it got here in. I prefer to get a pot that offers my new plant about 2 inches of development room round the entire diameter of the pot.

This offers the plant room to develop nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bit cosy. Replanting your sansevieria in too massive of a pot means extra soil, resulting in extra time to dry out, which may result in root rot.

Fast tip: The draw back to utilizing a terracotta pot is that as a result of the pot lets the moisture breathe, the moisture will possible find yourself on the floor that your pot is on.

In case you have a pot on a wooden ground or wooden floor, simply be sure you place a plate or nonporous materials underneath the pot to guard the pot from ruining your floor.

How A lot Gentle Does a Snake Plant Want?

The beauty of sansevieria is that it could actually deal with numerous lighting conditions. The plant will develop higher in vivid gentle (close to a window in your house), however it could actually deal with a darker nook in your house as effectively.

Low gentle is OK for the plant and will probably be simply nice in a room with low gentle. At my son’s college, there may be a completely stunning sansevieria in a room with no home windows! The one gentle supply is fluorescent gentle bulbs which might be turned on in the course of the day.

It’s superb to see this plant thrive in what seems to be poor lighting situations. It really is an extremely adaptable plant! I’ve sansiervieras throughout my house and each is in a distinct lighting scenario. Those close to the home windows will certainly develop sooner, however the ones in low gentle are nonetheless completely happy (just a bit smaller). 

A rule of thumb on the subject of lighting: Simply because they will dwell in low gentle doesn’t imply that they’ll essentially thrive in low gentle. They may undoubtedly develop higher in vivid gentle.


I discover the extra I neglect about my snake plant, the higher! Solely water when the soil is dry. I like to stay my finger within the soil about 3-4 inches to see if the soil is totally dry. If there’s a little moisture within the soil, then I’ll verify it once more in every week.

How your plant holds moisture will depend upon the place you reside. For those who dwell in a dryer local weather, then it would dry out sooner, or in the event you dwell in a moist local weather, then it would maintain water longer. One tip that I’ve discovered to be important is that I don’t water my succulents or vegetation that prefer to dry out on wet days.

Watering on wet days retains my vegetation soggy and so they take longer to dry out. Or, if there may be rain within the forecast, I’ll wait to water till the rain is over. I water my sansevierias each 2-3 weeks. In winter, I taper off watering and water about each 4 weeks.

When watering, my rule of thumb is to simply water the primary 6 inches of soil. I don’t soak my vegetation with water due to the specter of root rot. I’d quite underneath water than over water them. 

Sansevierias don’t like their leaves to be moist, so once you water, simply pour the water on the soil and attempt to keep away from getting any water on the leaves. When new development is coming in on sansevieria, little leaves type rosettes.

These rosettes don’t like getting moist or particularly don’t like water pooling in them. Water within the rosettes may be detrimental to your plant, so attempt to keep away from that in any respect prices. Sansevierias like room temperature water.

If you’re utilizing faucet/metropolis water once you water, you’ll be able to depart your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so among the chemical compounds evaporate. After 24 hours, the water is cleaner and more healthy for our plant.

Fluoride and chlorine can construct up in your sansevieria, so this methodology of leaving your water out will repay in the long term. Utilizing filtered water or collected rain water is a good possibility too!


Dusting the leaves is an excellent behavior that your sansevieria will thanks for. I seize a barely damp material (not too moist!) and wipe the leaves down on either side. This can assist the solar hit the plant and never block photosynthesis from going down.

I flip my plant each time I water it. Turning your plant will promote even development (particularly in case your plant is close to a window). One other tip is to maintain your home windows good and clear (on the within and outdoors)! This will make an enormous distinction with the quantity of sunshine attending to your plant. Squeaky clear home windows will let in additional gentle!


Propagating a sansevieria is a enjoyable and great course of to observe. You possibly can propagate in water or in soil. I personally love propagating in water as a result of you’ll be able to see the brand new root development occurring earlier than your eyes.

For those who’d prefer to propagate your sansevieria, merely lower off a leaf utilizing a freshly washed instrument. I discover scissors are nice! You possibly can lower the leaf straight on the underside or lower a “V” form on the underside. This “V” offers your plant extra actual property to develop new roots.

Seize a glass vase or jar and stick your newly lower leaf in it. I prefer to sill my water about 4 inches above the underside of my freshly lower leaf. Hold your plant within the water and watch little roots begin to sprout!

Change the water and rinse the vessel anytime the water will get cloudy. I place my new chopping in entrance of a window to allow them to take in numerous gentle. When the roots begin to develop, you’ll be able to depart the leaf within the water (I’ve left mine in water for months!) and it’ll just do nice.

When the roots have adequate development (1-2 inches is nice), you’ll be able to pot it in soil! Tremendous simple!

If you wish to propagate utilizing the soil methodology, merely lower your plant (identical to talked about above) and stick your freshly lower plant right into a pot with damp soil. As your plant begins to root (you’ll be able to’t see it occurring just like the water methodology), you have to ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out an excessive amount of.

Because the roots make their method out and develop, they’ll want fixed contact with the soil, so don’t let your plant dry out an excessive amount of when you’re attempting to propagate. I’ll verify on my freshly propagated leaves and provides them extra consideration than traditional.

If the soil has change into bone dry, then I’ll give them a great soak in water. It is vitally satisfying when your new plant takes root and even begins rising new leaves!

Lastly, among the best issues about sansevieria is the number of species! This plant has a various and delightful plant household. The basic and hottest plant is the sword-shaped leaf that you just see EVERYWHERE (like on this submit).

Don’t be afraid to strive new species as a result of their care could be very related. Listed below are two completely different sansevieria I’ve in my house. It’s superb how distinctive each is!

Different Species of Snake Vegetation

This species known as Whale Fin. It appears like a whale’s fin breaching the water. I really like how this plant stands alone. This one leaf is so dramatic and delightful. Different leaves will finally develop, however I really like the best way it appears proper now!

This species known as the Cylindrical Snake plant. Its leaves fan out and it turns into fairly massive. I’ve needed to separate this plant thrice simply because it grows so shortly!

Get pleasure from your journey with snake vegetation! -Janae

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