Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

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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. 🤒


Dracaena trifasciata

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


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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

38% Low

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 ⛅.


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.

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:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


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 1418
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 583
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 399
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 75
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 57
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Villa Rica, GA

Easy peasy. Hard to kill.

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globe Miamisburg, OH

Idk man they’re just cool

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Super easy to take care of!

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globe Madison, AL

I like the looks of it.

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globe Holly Springs, NC

My plant is lovely

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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It’s a very easy plan to take care of it doesn’t need to much attention

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Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 119 Plants
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put it in a room with indirect light and leave it alone!

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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Even I can keep this plant alive. That should tell you just how easy this plant is to take care of and enjoy.

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globe Richmond, VA


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe New York

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

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Listowel, Ontario

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
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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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Hardy plant that handles any environment well with the right care

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leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe Crowborough, England

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

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globe Orlando, FL

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 😉

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leaf-1 6 Plants
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Great plant, very minimal care!

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globe Solana Beach, CA

Super easy to care for 🪴.

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globe DeKalb, IL

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.

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leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Cave Creek, AZ

Beautiful and hardy plant

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globe Southampton, PA

Easy to care for

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Spokane, WA

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 🔆

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