How To Take Care Of a Snake Plant

How To Take Care Of a Snake Plant

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Sansevieria Trifasciata

Nickname : Snake Plant

The Snake Plant which is also affectionately known as the "mother-in-law's tongue", got its nickname from it being an extremely tough plant.

Extremely popular in interior design blogs as well as being kept as an indoor plant because of its long, hard leaves and because it's one of the easiest plants to take care of.

It can grow up to 4 feet long in some cases and will last a lifetime.

How to take care of Snake Plant

Snake Plants are extremely easy to take care of and are very forgiving plants.

It'll need a healthy dose of indirect sunlight and the occasional watering every few weeks when the soil is dried up. In the winter time, keep it away from windows that have a lot of drafts.

Keep in mind that it's mildly toxic to pets so don't have them around your pups and cats.



Average indoor home humidity


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Let the soil completely dry between watering. Water every 2-3 weeks, This plant is succulent so it will thrive in dryer conditions. In the winter, water every 2-3 weeks.



Plant Food

Fertilize your plant twice a year with a general-purpose plant food.


The major pests that affect the snake plants are mealybugs and spider mites. You can control spider mites by washing them off the plant using water and increasing the humidity around the plant.

Pet Toxicity



Repot it in spring every 2 or 3 years, when not repotting then go for regular topdressing which should also perfectly answer the growth medium needs of the plant.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much light do Snake Plants need? 

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These plants are so forgiving that they can actually handle some direct sunlight, but the best situation is to have them enjoy indirect sunlight. 

How often does a Snake Plant need to be watered? 

Always dry them out before each watering. 

The common mistake is to overwater these plants because they need so little. Check if the soil  is completely dry with your fingers (stick them 2 inches down) before watering. Don't ever drench these plants, water a little at a time. 

Do Snake Plants need a drainage hole? 

You don't necessarily need a drainage hole, but you just need to prevent the bottom from accumulating water so that it doesn't cause root rot.

What does overwatering look like? 

A good sign to tell if it's overwatered is wilting, Leaves will turn yellow and wilted rather than fresh and green.


You can find more houseplant info in our simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Declutterd Plant Guide


Happy Planting!

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