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Snake Plant

4.8 out of 5 (1557 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 and Dracaena Star Canyon Granite

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 located in Austin, Texas.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Snake Plant in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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Growing Snake Plant in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 15th, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Austin is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Austin, Texas

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.8% ☀️

October 14th, 2021

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 24.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

October 15th, 2021

This month, Austin is getting an average of 10.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of day…

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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 maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Austin, Texas ☀️.️

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.

When to repot Snake Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Snake Plant in Austin, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

October 12th, 2021

The growing potential in Austin is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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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 your location in Austin, Texas, 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 1182
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 504
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 444
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 338
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 220
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 61
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 51
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 24
Kimmiechi avatar
@Kimmiechi
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 119 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
10/15/2021

I love the height, thickness & details! It can last a long time wo water (if you forget).

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Mom123 avatar
@Mom123
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 307 XP
globe Salisbury, Maryland
10/14/2021

I had this snake plant outside until yesterday and it attracted pests. My other snake plant stays inside and no problem. Very easy to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Saltyham avatar
@Saltyham
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP
10/12/2021

really durable

Butdidikillit avatar
@Butdidikillit
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 319 XP
globe Charlotte, North Carolina
10/09/2021

Fast grower with a grow light…easy plant!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Carla avatar
@Carla
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta
10/09/2021

Can’t kill it!

Survivor Survivor
Dakota avatar
@Dakota
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Springfield, Missouri
10/09/2021

As long as you rarely water this plant is very resilient

Survivor Survivor
Laura avatar
@Laura
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 38 XP
10/07/2021

Very easy to upkeep. I love the look and it’s surviving in even my hands😂

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Kris10chew avatar
@Kris10chew
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 354 XP
10/06/2021

very easy to care for

Survivor Survivor
Cassandra avatar
@Cassandra
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 134 XP
globe Benton, Maine
10/06/2021

So easy and beautiful

Survivor Survivor
Haileykemp avatar
@Haileykemp
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Richardson, Saskatchewan
10/04/2021

IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Iamchlo3 avatar
@Iamchlo3
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 110 XP
10/03/2021

They come in many different variations, all of mine tolerate varying levels of light and don’t need watered often. They are relatively easy to keep alive

Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 510 XP
10/03/2021

Resilient. Good oxygenator!

Survivor Survivor
Stalloevan avatar
@Stalloevan
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
10/03/2021

This plant could live in a desert and survive.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Harrytheplant avatar
@Harrytheplant
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 858 XP
globe Westerville, Ohio
10/02/2021

it grows quite slowly, this is the moonshine variety. but i mean it’s a snake plant, they rock

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,073 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, Florida
10/02/2021

I love this plant. It looks lush and sturdy. I have seen many shops use her as part of their decor. She brings good vibes and wealth according to the principles of Feng Sui. I plan to buy more and also to raise little babies. Can’t have too many 🤣

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Marblequeen avatar
@Marblequeen
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 562 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio
10/02/2021

honestly so easy care. water when soil is dry, i have it in a shaded west facing window on the sill

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 317 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/01/2021

Large and gorgeous. Easy to care for

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Annawade avatar
@Annawade
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 194 XP
10/01/2021

i love snake plants in general but this one is special. i got it at kroger after i saw that it had a split leaf and was pretty beat up. i took it home and showed it proper care and now it has new growth! they are very durable plants and hood for beginners.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Ashleyperry avatar
@Ashleyperry
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 133 XP
globe Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
10/01/2021

One of the easiest plants to care for, period. They look great and they literally do not care where you put them. Everyone needs a snake plant in their life

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Lyrisbreanne avatar
@Lyrisbreanne
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 43 XP
globe New York
09/30/2021

Super hardy and drought-tolerant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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