Plant Care Silver Snake Plant

Silver Snake Plant

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Silver Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Silver Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Silver 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 'Moonshine'
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Sansevieria 'Moonshine', Dracaena 'Moonglow' and Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine'

How to care for Silver Snake Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Silver Snake Plant

Water needs for Silver Snake Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Silver 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 Silver Snake Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Silver Snake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Silver Snake Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Silver 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 Silver Snake Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Silver Snake Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Silver 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 Silver Snake Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Silver Snake Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Silver Snake Plant →

Common Silver Snake Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Silver 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.

Silver Snake Plant Water Frequency →

Silver Snake Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Silver 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 🏡.

Silver Snake Plant Light Requirements →

Silver Snake Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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.

Silver Snake Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Silver 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.

Silver Snake Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Silver 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Silver Snake Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Silver 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Silver Snake Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Silver 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

Silver Snake Plant is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Silver Snake Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Silver Snake Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Silver Snake Plant grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Silver Snake Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Silver Snake Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Silver Snake Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Silver Snake Plant can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Silver Snake Plant →


🧐 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 Silver Snake Plant

Silver Snake Plant

Silver 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

Silver Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Silver Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Silver Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Silver Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Silver Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Silver Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@CreepingIvy avatar
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leaf-1 51 Plants
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globe Mankato, MN
03/16/2022

My snake plants have done nothing but thrive! There are so many varieties, and they’re so easy to propagate, you’ll get many many babies from just one plant.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@AnnaLovesVoting avatar
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leaf-1 27 Plants
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globe Richmond, VA
12/20/2021

Love the beautiful silver on this guy

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@JuJuBeans avatar
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leaf-1 58 Plants
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globe Decatur, GA
12/09/2021

It quietly has outgrown all my other plants and asks for very little in return, bright indirect light, fast draining soil and a little adoration worked great.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Carrie avatar
@Carrie
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Eagle Mountain, UT
12/07/2021

Low maintenance, doesn’t need humidity or fans. Beautiful plant and easy to care for

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leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

I think this is my fastest growing snake plant.
The leaves are a beautiful color.

Fast grower Fast grower
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@MidnightSquid avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Liverpool, England
06/02/2021

Doesn’t require direct sunlight and just a large succulent, also produces a lot if oxygen and is a good house plant- this a moonshine snake plant

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@DrDrey avatar
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leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 2,617 XP
05/29/2021

Much more aesthetically pleasing than other types of snake plants (IMO). They also have a more medium size to them. While I do love me a big tall plant, snakes are not my fave when they are really tall.
Absolutely gorgeous light green in colour.
These guys also shoot out babies really fast and I’ve had lot of luck propagating from leaf cutting and separating babies.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@BitaS2003 avatar
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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Bloomfield, NJ
04/04/2021

Easy

@DrDrey avatar
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leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 2,617 XP
04/03/2021

The best snake plant. The pale green is truly stunning. Only downside is they don’t grow as large as other types, but that’s only if you’re looking for a large plant. These make a great statement and are SO EASY to care for.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@User3022 avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
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globe Cornwall, Ontario
02/14/2021

This is a very forgiving plant. Let it dry out before watering is fine. It can be in any kind of light but if the foliage tends to darken in less light. This one has two babies already. Propagate easily by snipping off baby from momma at the roots add a little cinnamon to the cut and replant in a new pot.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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