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If you have a difficult time with your houseplants, the snake plant is the plant for you. This indoor plant is great for a medium to high light situation and will do well with minimal attention. It is also known as a Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Sansevieria. It is sometimes spelled Sanseveria as the extra "i" is often left out.

Snake Plant houseplant, Sansevieria Laurentii

Sansevieria Laurentii

Snake Plant is a durable plant and high light is best to keep the foliage full. It will survive in lower light provided it is allowed to dry. Temperatures need to be kept above 50°F. The Sanseveria Laurentii is the most common variety, with a broad, yellow edge on the thick, sword shaped leaves. The center of the leaf is cross-banded with pale markings.

Snake Plant Care Questions?

You can send a house plant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

Sanseveria has upright growth and a shallow root system and is best kept somewhat potbound. It has thick rhizomes that store water for a long time. While you may be able to keep a Snake Plant that is in high-light slightly moist, in low light the roots will rot and the leaves will turn mushy and smelly. Always err on the side of less water with this plant.

Indoor Snake Plant Care
How to Water

Snake Plant has rhizomes that store water, so stay more to the dry side with this plant. In low to medium light, allow pot media to dry down completely. In higher lighting, allow to dry down at least 3/4 of the pot depth. You may need some type of soil probe in a really full plant to properly check for moisture in the soil.

Here is a link to buy a soil probe that will work well and not break, the type interior landscapers use. The 13 inch length will work for most indoor plants. This pulls up soil so you can check for moisture. It also has the added benefit of aerating the soil of your Snake Plant.

Indoor Snake Plant Care
Other Plant Care Tips

You might consider using a plant moisture meter which gives a basic reading of the moisture level in the soil. For a Snake Plant, you should check to the bottom of the potting media and look for a reading of dry or close to dry. Here is a link for a plant moisture meter, if you are interested in trying this for your plant.

Please see pages on watering your indoor plants and lighting for your indoor plants. Proper light and watering are essential for your plant's best health.

There are a few things to watch for with Snake Plant. They are prone to scale and mealy bugs and if you notice these pests they should be wiped off immediately with a cloth or cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol. Also, be careful when you do water your Snake Plant that you do not pour the water in the leaf rosette as it may cause them to rot, especially if located in lower light. Water the soil only and use room temperature water.

Snake Plant can be found in different sizes and colors. Some are shorter, with a rosette type of growth such as the Sansevieria 'Hahnii'. Sansevieria 'Superba' is somewhat larger but with wider leaves than the taller varieties. The Sansevieria 'Laurentii' is the most common Snake plant variety. Snake Plant can be found with pale silver-green foliage as with Sansevieria 'Moonshine'. The 'Black Gold' has a dark leaf center, almost black, with a gold leaf edge. The Sansevieria 'Zeylanica' is more of a light silver-green with darker crossbands or mottling of the leaf.

Snake Plant houseplants flower

Snake Plant

With the different growth types and unusual and beautiful colors, the Sansevieria has something for everyone who enjoys indoor tropical plants. And they are easy care, too! As I said, keep them pot bound, don't over water and place them in adequate light and they should be relatively trouble free. To learn more about plant care for succulents try one of these great plant books from

When your Snake plant does become root bound you can remove it from the grow pot and divide the plant to make smaller individual plants. Make sure when you do divide your Snake Plant, that you plant the smaller plants into pots that fit them. Remember, Snake Plant is better pot bound. You can often place a cut leaf into moist sand or rooting media and get it to root and start a new plant that way. Have fun with your Snake plant.

While commonly the Snake Plant will grow to about 2-3 feet tall, I have seen them at a height of 5 feet or more. This was a Snake Plant potted in a 14" diameter grow pot in a very good light situation. It is unusual to see them that size indoors but it is possible to grow them that large.

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