While the Snake Plant has become one of the most common houseplants on the market, its unique appearance and a massive number of different species make it a wonderful addition to any plant parent’s home!
Also called by its botanical genus name, Sansevieria, this native to drier and less giving climates gives a new meaning to the phrase “low maintenance.” Let us tell you exactly what you’ll need to do to grow these easy-care Plant!
Here is what you need to know about caring for a snake plant.
How Often to Water a Snake Plant
The most important aspect of your Snake Plant’s growth is a consistent watering routine. These plants naturally evolved to live in dry weather, so you can expect to water them as little as once every other mother or as much as every other week,
depending on the time of year. A good rule of thumb is to only water your Sansevieria once the soil has completely dried out to avoid overwatering and fostering a space for root rot in their shallow, sensitive roots.
A Snake Plant with puckered leaves is a thirsty, under-watered plant, so also make sure you keep an eye out for this when growing your Plant.
Your Snake Plant Loves Light
In the wild, many Sansevieria species are found in dry, hot climates that receive more than their fair share of sunlight. Snake plant can lives outside so when trying to replicate this in your home, consider placing your Snake Plant somewhere it can get both direct and indirect sunlight,
like on or near a windowsill in the Summer. Brown tips on your Snake Plant’s leaves could mean that it’s getting too much light, but it’s more likely to be caused by inconsistent watering than anything else.
Sansevieria Soil & Fertiliser
Snake Plants are technically succulents, so they should be given the same treatment as any other Echeveria, Cactus, or String Succulent. A well-draining soil mixture that includes coco coir, perlite, or sand can work wonders for a Sansevieria when mixed with a fertilizer like compost or worm castings.
Check that the soil isn’t compacted a few times a season and plan to repot once you see multiple baby Snake Plants popping up around the sides.
Propagating Your Snake Plant
Unlike most other indoor plants, the Sansevieria doesn’t have stems with nodes that can turn into roots, so you must chop your plant’s leaves to foster root growth.
Do this by choosing a healthy leaf and cutting straight (or diagonally) across with a clean pair of sharp scissors for the Plant; set your cut leaves out to dry and callous over before placing them in a clear container full of filtered, room temperature water for Snake Plant. Depending on the species,
you will start to see roots in a few weeks and once a new baby Snake Plant has begun to grow, you can change the water-only container out for water and perlite for a few months before making the permanent transition to the soil.
Common Problems with Snake Plants
Due to the thick leaves of the Sansevieria, they are incredibly resilient against pests. While a mealybug or spider mite may attach to a Snake Plant.
Snake Plant it takes much longer for an infestation to do significant damage, giving you more time to catch and rid your plant of the bugs.