Plant Care Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Also known as

Black Gold Snake Plant, Black Gold Snake Plant, Sansevieria Black Gold, Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, viper's bowstring hemp, Golden Birds Nest and Good Luck Plant


Dracaena trifasciata 'Black Gold Superba'

How to care for Viper's Bowstring Hemp


How often to water your Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Water needs for Viper's Bowstring Hemp
0.5 cups
every 12

Viper's Bowstring Hemp 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 Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Black Gold Snake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Viper's Bowstring Hemp: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Viper's Bowstring Hemp 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 đź’Ş.

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How to fertilize Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Viper's Bowstring Hemp: 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 Viper's Bowstring Hemp after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Viper's Bowstring Hemp

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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