Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

4.9 out of 5 (1872 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 9

Snake Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.

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
9

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 Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Snake Plant in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 17th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will increase by 20.3% ☀️

May 16th, 2022

Chicago is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to increase by 20.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.0 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will increase by 1.6 hours 📈

May 17th, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 10.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 12.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.8 total hours of da…

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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 Chicago, Illinois ☀️.️

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 Chicago, Illinois

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

May 13th, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is high 📈.

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 p…

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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 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, 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 1435
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 594
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 523
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 408
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 255
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 27
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@Proudcreambush
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Miamisburg, Ohio
05/15/2022

Idk man they’re just cool

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Messyjessi
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 385 XP
04/17/2022

Super easy to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
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@Mentorskypilot
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 297 XP
globe Madison, Alabama
04/07/2022

I like the looks of it.

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

My plant is lovely

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@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
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@Mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 4,030 XP
04/03/2022

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Plantsfearme
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 183 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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Abcd avatar
@Abcd
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,235 XP
globe Henrico, Virginia
03/19/2022

Good

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Nomoredeadplant
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 766 XP
globe New York
03/16/2022

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

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@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 60 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 33 Plants
xp 1,601 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
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@Babyfiretiger13
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 2,306 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 161 XP
02/18/2022

Great plant, very minimal care!

Survivor Survivor
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@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 3,491 XP
globe Solana Beach, California
02/17/2022

Super easy to care for 🪴.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@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 17 Plants
xp 2,232 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
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@Moonstoneeyes
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 690 XP
globe Southampton, Pennsylvania
02/13/2022

Easy to care for

Survivor Survivor
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@Galacticcrow
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 300 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 🔆

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Rdoactvsck
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
02/07/2022

Very easy to take care of, I have gone months without watering mine and it’s still good.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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