Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

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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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

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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!

Benefits of Growing Snake Plant →

Common Snake Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Snake Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Snake Plant Water Frequency →

Snake Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 in your home 🏡.

Snake Plant Light Requirements →

Snake Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Snake Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Snake Plant enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Snake Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Snake Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Snake Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Snake Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Snake Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Snake Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Snake Plant is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Snake Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Snake Plant is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Snake Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Snake Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Snake Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Snake Plant can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Snake Plant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


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 1408
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 579
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 502
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 395
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 74
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 56
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Lucille avatar
@Lucille
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Villa Rica, GA
06/22/2022

Easy peasy. Hard to kill.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Miamisburg, OH
05/15/2022

Idk man they’re just cool

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@MessyJessi avatar
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leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 6,159 XP
04/17/2022

Super easy to take care of!

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@NotableGray avatar
@@NotableGray
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Holly Springs, NC
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-1 119 Plants
xp 8,391 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 4 Plants
xp 259 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
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@pjavier avatar
@@pjavier
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 5,221 XP
03/19/2022

Good

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@nomoredeadplant avatar
@@nomoredeadplant
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,295 XP
globe New York
03/16/2022

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

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@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
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@cmigbear avatar
@@cmigbear
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 169 XP
03/03/2022

Hardy plant that handles any environment well with the right care

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Yvette avatar
@@Yvette
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 3,567 XP
globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

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

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@babyfiretiger13 avatar
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leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 6,054 XP
globe Orlando, FL
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 205 XP
02/18/2022

Great plant, very minimal care!

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@MariansOasis avatar
@@MariansOasis
leaf-1 96 Plants
xp 19,975 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
02/17/2022

Super easy to care for 🪴.

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@ZoeCouvillion avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe DeKalb, IL
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 14 Plants
xp 2,587 XP
globe Cave Creek, AZ
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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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,578 XP
globe Southampton, PA
02/13/2022

Easy to care for

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@CosmicMother avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 360 XP
globe Spokane, WA
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
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