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Do you have a difficult time growing houseplants? If you do, the Snake plant is most likely the plant for you. The Snake plant is great for a medium to high light situation and will do well with minimal attention. It is also known as Sansevieria or Mother-in-Law's Tongue.

Snake plant house plants care

Snake Plant

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 Snake plant variety, with a broad, yellow edge on the thick, sword shaped leaves. The center of the leaf is cross-banded with pale markings.

With an upright growth and a shallow root system, the Snake plant is best kept somewhat pot-bound. 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.

Snake plant care questions? I would be happy to answer indoor plant care questions or help with indoor plant identification. You can send an email but before you do, please finish reading this page and this information on watering your indoor house plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants.

Proper watering and good light 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.

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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 between watering. In higher lighting, allow to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot depth. It may be helpful to use a soil probe in a really full plant to check for moisture.

Please see pages on watering your houseplants and lighting for your plants for tips on keeping your indoor plants healthy and growing. 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. Water the soil only and use room temperature water.

There are a few things to watch for with Snake plant. They can be prone to scale and mealybugs and if you notice these pests they should be wiped off immediately with a cloth or cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Snake Plant, Sansevieria Laurentii

Snake Plant

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 coloration. 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.

With the different growth types and unusual and beautiful colorations, the Snake plant has something for everyone who enjoys indoor tropical plants. And they are easy care, too! As I said, keep them potbound, 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 books from

When the plant does become rootbound 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.

Usually the snake plant will grow to about 2-3 feet tall. I have seen them grow to 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 large indoors.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your Snake plants and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site

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