Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

4.9 out of 5 (1856 experiences)

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

About 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
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Mother-in-law's Tongue, Viper's Bowstring Hemp, Dracaena Star Canyon Granite, Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria jacquinii and Ghost Snake Plant

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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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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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.

What other plant parents say

Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1426
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 586
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 513
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 403
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 74
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 57
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Lucille avatar
@Lucille
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Villa Rica, Georgia
06/22/2022

Easy peasy. Hard to kill.

Survivor Survivor
Peachtree avatar
@Peachtree
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Miamisburg, Ohio
05/15/2022

Idk man they’re just cool

Survivor Survivor
Messyjessi avatar
@Messyjessi
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,009 XP
04/17/2022

Super easy to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
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@Mentorskypilot
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 460 XP
globe Madison, Alabama
04/07/2022

I like the looks of it.

Notablegray avatar
@Notablegray
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Holly Springs, North Carolina
04/06/2022

My plant is lovely

Vikas_plants avatar
@Vikas_plants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
04/05/2022

It’s a very easy plan to take care of it doesn’t need to much attention

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Mirandaaplanet avatar
@Mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 105 Plants
xp 6,950 XP
04/03/2022

put it in a room with indirect light and leave it alone!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Plantsfearme avatar
@Plantsfearme
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 225 XP
03/24/2022

Even I can keep this plant alive. That should tell you just how easy this plant is to take care of and enjoy.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Abcd avatar
@Abcd
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 4,893 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
03/19/2022

Good

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nomoredeadplant avatar
@Nomoredeadplant
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,265 XP
globe New York
03/16/2022

funky, hardy big guys. can get pretty goshdarned tall.

Survivor Survivor
Zingybonsi avatar
@Zingybonsi
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 76 XP
globe Listowel, Ontario
03/04/2022

They’re very responsive when transported and if you take care of them well, they have lots of babies and turn into many plants!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Bigbanana avatar
@Bigbanana
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 89 XP
globe Austin, Texas
03/03/2022

Hardy plant that handles any environment well with the right care

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 2,560 XP
globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

Such an easy plant to look after, I rarely water mine and yet I have new growth.

Survivor Survivor
Babyfiretiger13 avatar
@Babyfiretiger13
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 3,458 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
02/19/2022

I love snake plants they are so easy to care for. Literally set and forget. They don’t like to be overwatered and are very forgiving when you forget to water for a week or two 😉

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jennifer avatar
@Jennifer
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 184 XP
02/18/2022

Great plant, very minimal care!

Survivor Survivor
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 5,528 XP
globe Solana Beach, California
02/17/2022

Super easy to care for 🪴.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Zoecouvillion avatar
@Zoecouvillion
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe DeKalb, Illinois
02/16/2022

This was the first plant I was able to keep alive for a while! It’s great at shooting off little baby versions of itself— and is gorgeous to have in the house.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ali avatar
@Ali
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 2,347 XP
globe Tucson, Arizona
02/16/2022

Beautiful and hardy plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Moonstoneeyes avatar
@Moonstoneeyes
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 807 XP
globe Southampton, Pennsylvania
02/13/2022

Easy to care for

Survivor Survivor
Galacticcrow avatar
@Galacticcrow
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 356 XP
globe Spokane, Washington
02/09/2022

Super easy plant to care for, I let mine go for weeks even a month at a time from watering and it’s growing and thriving 🔆

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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