Snake Plant Care

Last Updated: September 5, 2022

Basic Snake Plant Care

The Snake Plant was actually one of our very first houseplants as their easy care routine and striking leaves make them great for everyone! When it comes to keeping your Snake Plant healthy it’s important that you let the soil dry out fully between waterings. Snake Plants are sensitive to root rot and as they have very tall leaves, their roots are crucial to keeping them upright and healthy.

Below you will find all the information you need to care for a Snake Plant, including basic care tips and diagnosing common issues.

Detailed Snake Plant Care

Snake Plants prefer bright, indirect light

They will also tolerate more direct sunlight or shadier corners. Imperfect light conditions will mean your Snake Plant will grow slower than in brighter environments but it will not kill it. 

Snake Plants need very infrequent watering

Although they may not look like it, snake plants are actually a succulent so it can be very easy to accidentally over-water them. They like to dry out in between waterings and during winter, they only need to be watered around once a month. 

Snake Plants prefer warmer environments

Being native to warmer countries, Snake Plants thrive in warmer conditions. In colder months, make sure your snake plant is not near drafty windows or doors. 

Natural humidity is fine for your Snake Plant

One thing you don’t need to worry about when caring for a Snake Plant is humidity. They grow well in the natural level of your home, and don’t need any additional misting.

Use a well draining soil

Snake Plants need dry conditions so make sure that you use well-draining soil. Snake plants are one of the best plants at air purification. They filter out toxins at night which makes them great for the bedroom too.

Snake Plants can be propagated by division or leaf cutting

Try to divide and repot in the spring so that it can adjust to its new environment during the warmer months. To propagate a Snake Plant by division, cut a section of both leaves and roots and transfer into a separate pot. To propagate your Snake Plant by leaf cutting, slice 5-7cm of a leaf and place it either in water or a well-draining potting mix. 

Snake plants are mildly toxic

Snake Plants can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested and cause diarrhoea or vomiting. They also have quite tough and sharp leaves so make sure to keep out of reach of pets and young children.

Snake Plants survive well when pot-bound

Don’t feel you need to re-pot your Snake Plant as soon as possible as they quite enjoy having their roots packed in tight. But if you want to rehome your plant just make sure you don’t bury it any deeper than it had been in its previous pot. 

Snake Plant Care FAQs

Common Issues for Snake Plants

Snake plants are very resilient and low maintenance. They adapt to most environments and will reward you for pretty much leaving them alone.

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