Plant Care Snake Plant
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Snake Plant

4.9 out of 5 (805 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 and Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Taxonomy

Dracaena trifasciata
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 626
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 264
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 225
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 164
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 121
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 27
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 23
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
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@Urbanjungle
Philadelphia, PA
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, NE
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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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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@Tatianamoss
Denver, CO
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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@Daltonbatten
Raleigh, NC
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Derek by Daltonbatten on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

I love my snake plant, it is a true survivor. However I’m not sure if it’s the soils (Miracle Gro- I’ve heard it’s a guarantee for fungus gnats) but with it not requiring sunlight, after watering it …

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Kaleena avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Gregarious by Kaleena on Greg, the plant care app
05/25/2021

A friend gifted me a snake plant years ago and it has been the pinnacle of my plant obsession. It just doesn’t die on you. It thrives on neglect. It’s sole purpose is to hang out with you, just be ch…

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@Mackgamb
Charleston, SC
Rating of the plant Snake Plant named slim shady by Mackgamb on Greg, the plant care app
05/20/2021

if you’re prone to neglecting plants, a snake plant is great for you lol. we water ours about once every month or two and they love it. the ones at the flower shop I work at live in a lightless bathr…

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Skylerdean avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named Mando by Skylerdean on Greg, the plant care app
04/06/2021

the snake plant adds nice vertical green to any space. & this plant can survive through almost anything, needs low light and low water. definitely a plant i recommend to new plant parents or plant ki…

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Getplanting avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Snake Plant named saint by Getplanting on Greg, the plant care app
04/27/2021

a very lush adorable plant, while its a hardy plant. It’s leafs are indeed hard, so do not try to bend test on them ! It will crack the leaf. snake plant sansevieria does not like to be misted. but t…

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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 city 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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