How to Grow and Care for the Snake Plant
15 March 2021

How to Grow and Care for the Snake Plant

By Lauren Clarke

The Snake plant (real name “Sansevieria trifasciata”, also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue) is absolutely one of the best indoor plants you can have in your home. They are hardy, good looking and drought resistant.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is an herbaceous plant, that means that it doesn’t require soil to grow. It can grow in containers as well. It’s evergreen, so it doesn’t go dormant during the colder seasons. 

These plants are called greenery plants, since they are brimming with leaves. Snake plants are low maintenance plants, and can be grown anywhere indoors. As you can see, the variety of leaf shapes, and colours, mean that you can create a houseplant that suits your taste. 

There is no need to let your plant grow into a full size plant, since they generally stop growing after a while. The best thing about this plant, is that they are low maintenance, even if you live in a small apartment.

The Soil

Any type of soil will do. The soil must be kept moist at all times. I suggest a spot in the bathroom, so you don’t have to move it around all day long. Although I have seen a couple of people with little pots of soil under the plant, I think that is a waste. Since snake plants prefer a lot of humidity, I would suggest using a container that will fit completely under the plant. 

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If you are going to use a container, use a plastic one so you don’t have to water as much. The soil in the pot will absorb all the moisture and your plant won’t need any extra watering. If you are going to use a container, use a plastic one so you don’t have to water as much. 

The soil in the pot will absorb all the moisture and your snake plant won’t need any extra watering. 

A snake plant on counter

A snake plant on counter

Watering

The solution to everything is water. Don’t let the bottom of the pot dry out. This isn’t very precise, just watch the plant and put it down when the soil surface seems dry. You can put a pebble or a few pellets of compost to help it absorb water. 

If you want to take this to the next level, then you should give it a drink daily. Snake plant leaves turn brown and become saggy and crinkled if it does not receive enough nutrition. 

Give It Some Light

The one thing you need to do is to keep your snake plant in bright, indirect light. You don’t want your plant to sit in direct sunlight for too long as this will cause it to dry out. Check to see that it is in a well-lit spot. 

Never leave your plant to sit and dry out. Brush It If your snake plant has leaves, you can lightly brush the leaves to stimulate them to grow. You can also bend the leafy portion of the plant toward the direction you are leaning and hold it there for about 10 minutes. This will stimulate new growth and encourage new leaves to appear.

In conclusion

Snake plants are good for indoor houseplants because they don’t need much sunlight or water. Just water once or twice a week. They thrive in semi-dark conditions like a basement or a garage. 

They can also be grown in small, shallow pots that are about a foot wide and eight inches tall. Be sure you use fertile potting soil for this type of plant.