Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

4.9 out of 5 (1803 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 and Sansevieria 'Tough Lady'

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 Columbia, South Carolina.

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 Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

39% Low

Growing Snake Plant in Columbia right now

Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Columbia, South Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 25th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Columbia is currently low 📉.

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

Read more

Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Columbia, South Carolina

Sunlight will increase by 20.7% ☀️

January 21st, 2022

Columbia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Columbia is expected to increase by 20.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2…

Read more

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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Columbia, South Carolina ⛅.

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!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region
Flowers
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Common Issues

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 Columbia, South Carolina, 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 1378
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 581
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 507
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 393
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 245
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 71
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 57
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 24
Almamg avatar
@Almamg
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 2,172 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
01/25/2022

Literally forget about it and it’ll thrive.
Medium indirect light for growth of low light if you just want it to survive.
Well draining potting mix (soil + lots of perlite)

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 412 XP
globe Solana Beach, California
01/23/2022

Soooo easy

Survivor Survivor
Vividnes avatar
@Vividnes
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe New York
01/23/2022

Beautiful plant

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Ncmomma avatar
@Ncmomma
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 880 XP
globe Greensboro, North Carolina
01/14/2022

Big & beautiful!

Survivor Survivor
Comicwildlime avatar
@Comicwildlime
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Tucson, Arizona
01/14/2022

Super user-friendly plant as long as you don’t over water it. I bottom water mine once a month and it is thriving. It’s the perfect plant for frequent travelers!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Youngmugwort avatar
@Youngmugwort
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Murfreesboro, Tennessee
01/13/2022

Low maintenance

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Anewsainfoin avatar
@Anewsainfoin
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 38 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
01/13/2022

Can get top heavy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
01/13/2022

Very low maintenance. And grows little pups like crazy!!!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
01/13/2022

Very chill and low maintenance plant.

Survivor Survivor
Marvelmendoza avatar
@Marvelmendoza
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Hampton, Virginia
01/13/2022

Easy peasy. Had this baby 20 years, five moves and he lives on.

Survivor Survivor
Julierosealex avatar
@Julierosealex
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 129 XP
01/12/2022

Only kind of plant I was able to keep alive while I was a broke, sad grad student

Survivor Survivor
Charlotte avatar
@Charlotte
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Yate, England
01/11/2022

So low maintenance but look great!

Survivor Survivor
Dylan1stokes avatar
@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,664 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

When I first got this plant, on of its leaves went really soggy and I had to remove it. However, he seems to be doing really well now

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,522 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, Florida
01/09/2022

These are great decorative plants and are used to bring positive feng sui to the environment.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Zuli avatar
@Zuli
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 283 XP
01/09/2022

Is literally impossible go kill

Survivor Survivor
Greenvy avatar
@Greenvy
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 391 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
01/09/2022

The original plant is 30 years old! I have many snake plants throughout my home and they all thrive and look gorgeous. Easy, easy, easy. Can’t kill it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Thegreenhouse58a avatar
@Thegreenhouse58a
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,333 XP
globe Worcester, Massachusetts
01/06/2022

Bought this at Walmart over the summer and kinda forgot about it... brought it in around September and it had tripled in size. Just have to remind myself it’s a cactus and loves dry soil. It’s toxic to animals but my cat leaves it alone... she’s wayyy more interested in the spider plant 🤣

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Alternatebagpod avatar
@Alternatebagpod
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 38 XP
01/03/2022

This thing just does not die
Everything I heard was true

Survivor Survivor
Goldenphlox avatar
@Goldenphlox
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 365 XP
globe Elgin, Oklahoma
01/01/2022

It is toxic to animals. But other than that it’s a great plant it needs low light barely any water. the only thing that I do that different from other people who own snake plants is I grow mine in Sand but dirt Works to. the only reason why I do sand is because it’s their natural habitat and so I feel like it make them grow faster but that’s just my opinion.

I hope you like my review and it helps you

❤️love, Haidyn

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jcajr avatar
@Jcajr
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 144 XP
globe Miami, Florida
12/26/2021

Can’t ever go wrong with a Snake Plant. Easy to care for and grow, tough with underwatering too!

Survivor Survivor

Trending in your area

Similar to Snake Plant

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in