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Care of Snake Plant
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Do you have a difficult time growing house plants? 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 plant.

Snake plant house plants care

Snake Plant

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 if you send an email plant care question.

With the different growth types and unusual and beautiful colors, the Snake plant has something for everyone who enjoys indoor tropical plants. And this indoor plant is easy care, too! Keep Snake Plant pot bound, do not over-water and place them in adequate light and your Snake Plant should be relatively trouble free.

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 really high light, allow to dry down 3/4 of the pot depth. It may be helpful to use a soil probe or moisture meter in a really full plant to check for moisture in the soil. I often use a moisture meter or soil probe on the job when I am checking plants in large pots or those plants growing in low light.

Please see pages on watering your house plants 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.

Other Snake Plant Care Tips

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 but will become thinner and weaker over time when light is not adequate for growth. Temperatures for Snake Plant need to be kept above 50°F.

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 or even a damp paper towel will work.

Snake Plant, Sansevieria Laurentii

Snake Plant

Snake plant are grown in a variety of 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 of Snake Plant.

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.

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.

When the 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.

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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