Plant Care Snake Plant
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Snake Plant

4.8 out of 5 (1462 experiences)

Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Mother-in-law's Tongue, Viper's Bowstring Hemp and Dracaena Star Canyon Granite

Taxonomy

Dracaena trifasciata
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1111
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 475
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 421
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 316
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 214
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 58
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 49
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 23
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@Urbanjungle
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Dopey by Urbanjungle on Greg, the plant care app
02/14/2021

I love snake plants I have five of them. This particular snake plant was one I tried to rescue and he is a little dopey. But generally they grow so quickly. Tolerate being totally dry you do have to …

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Lincoln, Nebraska
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Sammy by Gathererofnutsandodballs on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

This guy was delivered during the ridiculously cold Nebraska winter this past February. All of his leaves shriveled up and dies but the root was thick and healthy. I cut him all the way back and pott…

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Plantbased93 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Congo by Plantbased93 on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

Sansevierias are also an easy plant. They do nicely on very bright, indirect sunlight but they do the best on direct sunlight for, like, the whole evening. Water once a month or so, and cacti and suc…

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@Kaitlyn
Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Snake Plant by Kaitlyn on Greg, the plant care app
08/03/2021

Hard not to appreciate how resilient and versatile snake plants are. They always seems to adapt to whatever light conditions you have available to give them. I’ve mostly taken advantage of their abil…

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Kaleena avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Missy by Kaleena on Greg, the plant care app
05/10/2021

While they aren’t always the prettiest plants (depending on the variety) they are a great starter plant. They thrive on neglect and can do fine in low light (although, they won’t grow as fast with lo…

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@Plantmomma
Meridian, Idaho
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Snake Boy by Plantmomma on Greg, the plant care app
06/17/2021

Easiest plant ever. You can grow in low light, to bright indirect light. Mine gets like 30 minutes of direct sunlight and it’s fine. It’s a very very slow grower, but you barely have to do anything f…

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Victorious avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Muhammad Ali by Victorious on Greg, the plant care app
08/03/2021

Ahh, this plant I had to save because even though you don’t have to water frequently. I forgot about drainage whole and the mother plant died. I was able to save this little guy. Very tough to kill…

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Renata.vr avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Sansa by Renata.vr on Greg, the plant care app
07/02/2021

Love this plant it’s me second favorite! Absolutely awesome plant. Although she doesn’t “require” bright light she’ll grow much faster in it, water propagation as well, don’t cut side ways cut a stra…

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@Faithiweddle
Lowestoft, England
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Terrance by Faithiweddle on Greg, the plant care app
08/09/2021

He’s been through a lot! Bought just before the pandemic so then he was left alone in student accommodation for some months during the pandemic, then got sun burnt tips in his new home. Repotted 2 ti…

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@Tatianamoss
Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Pax by Tatianamoss on Greg, the plant care app
05/02/2021

Snake plants are great for beginners! You can forget about them and they’ll be ok! The thing I don’t love are the little flies. I got my plant from a local plant grower and it came with the gnats. Th…

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How to care for Snake Plant

Water

How often to water your Snake Plant

Water needs for Snake Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

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 Snake Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Snake Plant in your home

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

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 Snake Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Snake Plant

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

Care Summary for Snake Plant

Snake Plant

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.

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