Plant Care Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 01/25/2023

4.9 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Records of Dracaena fossils have been found in Europe and North Africa, near the site of the Tethys Ocean, which existed 252 to 66 million years ago. More recently, snake plant leaves and stems have been used to treat fever, pain, bleeding, and inflammation throughout many cultures in Africa and India. 🤒

Taxonomy

Dracaena trifasciata hahnii
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Sanseveria 'Hahnii', Good Luck Plant, Golden Bird's Nest, Golden Hahnii and Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii'

How to care for Bird's Nest Snake Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Water needs for Bird's Nest Snake Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Bird's Nest Snake Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bird's Nest Snake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bird's Nest Snake Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Bird's Nest Snake Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bird's Nest Snake Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bird's Nest Snake Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bird's Nest Snake Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Bird's Nest Snake Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bird's Nest Snake Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Bird's Nest Snake Plant enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.


🪴 Soil

Bird's Nest Snake Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Bird's Nest Snake Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bird's Nest Snake Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Bird's Nest Snake Plant is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Bird's Nest Snake Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Bird's Nest Snake Plant

Bird's Nest Snake Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Bird's Nest Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
@Austin_dst avatar
@@Austin_dst
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 993 XP
globe Chapel Hill, NC
06/13/2021

I love that it doesn’t need a lot of light!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Meshahow avatar
@@Meshahow
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 700 XP
06/08/2021

She doesn’t grow but will not die! And I love it and hate it!! Stubborn like myself. And beautiful everyday

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Medhatter avatar
@Medhatter
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,688 XP
06/03/2021

Prefers bright light and produces new “pups” often! 👍🏼

@Heyjessicafaye avatar
@@Heyjessicafaye
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 279 XP
05/23/2021

Love this lil lady. She’s got a new sprout growing quickly, excited to see how it fills out the pot!

Survivor Survivor
@tatertot avatar
@@tatertot
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Tigard, OR
05/08/2021

I really love this plant! I’ve had it for maybe around 4 or more weeks and I’m just starting to see some more growth! I haven’t had many plants I really only have 3 but I recommend this one for plant beginners like me!! I think it’s super easy to take care of and it’s pretty :)

@Kennedy avatar
@@Kennedy
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,221 XP
05/03/2021

A great plant to have doesn’t take much care

@thorny4plants avatar
@@thorny4plants
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 1,819 XP
02/21/2021

We’ve had Val since Valentine’s Day, have her 11 ft from a window, water her only every 10 days, and she already has a new bud that wasn’t visible when she was purchased. Great low-maintenance plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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