Plant Care Snake Plant

Snake Plant

4.8 out of 5 (1686 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 Tampa, Florida.

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

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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 Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida

58% Medium

Growing Snake Plant in Tampa right now

Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Tampa, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 5th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Tampa, Florida

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 17.9% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

Tampa is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to decrease by 17.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.7 megajoules of energy per m2 per day…

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Light needs for plant Snake Plant in Tampa, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Tampa is getting an average of 8.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 5.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.2 total hours of daylig…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.️

Tampa, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help ensure this plant has adequate ingredients for growth by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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!


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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 Tampa, Florida, 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 1283
Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 542
Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 478
Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 364
Snake Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 236
Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 68
Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 56
Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 24
Opheliaio avatar
@Opheliaio
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Norton, Massachusetts
12/03/2021

snake plants are the easiest plant ever. you can put them anywhere and they’ll thrive. they don’t need to be watered often and can tolerate wide ranges of humidity/dryness. one thing to look out for though, if you keep them in a corner or far away from a window, the leaves will grow very tall and thin rather than wide and sturdy, as you can see in this photo.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Holycow avatar
@Holycow
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
12/01/2021

He’s my fav

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Krisza avatar
@Krisza
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe New York
11/30/2021

So easy to care for and beautiful air purifiers

Survivor Survivor
Nebulaevie avatar
@Nebulaevie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 183 XP
globe Corby, England
11/29/2021

i stole this from my parents snake plant. i took 2 leaves from it and propagated them, i don’t think either had many roots cause i literally sliced it off 😀 then i propagated it for like 2 months (probably far too long but i forgot) then potted it and it grew so fast i had like 3 new leaves within a few months so honestly she’s thriving and looks so cute

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

So so so so easy. It’s hard to underwater - these are very hearty plants and super drought resistant.

Ifonlyfloramoment avatar
@Ifonlyfloramoment
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe San Francisco, California
11/28/2021

Incredibly resilient and easy to propagate. While an extremely slow grower, very satisfying to (minimally) care for.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 231 XP
11/27/2021

My plant died after repotting 2 months ago. I think I over watered. Had it for about 4 years. Hopefully the rest of the leaves will survive.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Heather avatar
@Heather
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Blakely, Georgia
11/27/2021

Doesn’t need a lot of water

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Laurenbeth99 avatar
@Laurenbeth99
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 197 XP
11/25/2021

I shamefully forget she’s there half the time, but still she survives.

Survivor Survivor
Brettpain avatar
@Brettpain
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 602 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio
11/24/2021

Simple and easy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Calilaurel avatar
@Calilaurel
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 238 XP
globe Davie, Florida
11/24/2021

Beautiful and hasn’t browned once. Was browned a bit when I got her and has just flourished under minimal watering and sun.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Andymfisher avatar
@Andymfisher
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 169 XP
globe Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
11/23/2021

Lovely but relatively slow growing plant. Very popular at the moment, but don’t over water. Tolerates my bathroom next to the towel radiator

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jenngersnap08 avatar
@Jenngersnap08
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 278 XP
globe North Palm Beach, Florida
11/21/2021

My snake plant is thriving with zero natural light in my office. Easy to take care of too.

Survivor Survivor
Amy avatar
@Amy
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Berwyn, Pennsylvania
11/20/2021

Super easy to take care of. Grows with neglect! Perfect for first time plant owners

Survivor Survivor
Nargis avatar
@Nargis
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
11/19/2021

Snake plants are perfect for anyone who’s new to taking care of plants. They’re easy to take care of, survive in dire conditions, and are generally beautiful house plants.

Survivor Survivor
Allyson avatar
@Allyson
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 135 XP
globe Eugene, Oregon
11/18/2021

Easy and tolerant plant!

Survivor Survivor
B_smooth25 avatar
@B_smooth25
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 211 XP
11/17/2021

Very easy to maintain & requires lesser water

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ifonlyfloramoment avatar
@Ifonlyfloramoment
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe San Francisco, California
11/16/2021

The slowest growers on earth, but super hardy. It’s difficult to know what they need because they’re not very “expressive” per se. Less is more with these.

Survivor Survivor
Ktplantmama avatar
@Ktplantmama
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 270 XP
globe River Forest, Illinois
11/14/2021

These might be the easiest plants to grow. They seem to thrive on neglect. I’ve used these in a north window in the kitchen as screening from my neighbor.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Decklyn avatar
@Decklyn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Columbia, Missouri
11/11/2021

Very easy to take care of. Only need to water it once every other week in the warm months and once a month in the cold months. Blooms quickly if you water it more than that but it won’t hurt it. You do have to make sure when you water it though you completely soak the soil and have a drainage hole and catcher so the roots can drain from the heavy soak and not get root rot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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