Snake 'Sansevieria' Plant Care
Meet Snake plant
Sansevieria, more commonly known as Snake plants or Mother-in-law's tongue, has become extremely popular due to their hardiness and a striking appearance. These plants can put up with almost anything! Even those without a green thumb will find these plants easy to care for. They can make great houseplants and act as air purifiers to improve the air quality in your home.
Snake plants can handle a wide range of light. The more light they get the faster they can grow. It is just important to keep them out of direct sunlight.
Water your plant sparingly, meaning once every 2 - 3 weeks. Overwatering is a common way to kill Snake plants. It is good to check the moisture of the soil. Do not water if the soil is still moist. Avoid pouring the water inside the ring of leaves, aim for the soil at the base of the plant. Free-draining soil mix is recommended for these plants as the roots are easily prone to rotting. Make sure the bottom of your pot does not trap tap water inside and always remove excess water from the saucer.
Snake plants are very forgiving and tolerate a wide range of temperature conditions. The ideal temperature is 60°-80° F. If the foliage turns yellow, move the plant to a warmer location.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
The top cause of yellowing leaves in snake plants is under watering. Snake plants are extremely low maintenance and do not need much water to survive. You should only water your Snake plant when the top 50% of the soil is dry. When watering it is also important to discard any excess water in the saucer so the plant does not sit in water.
Why are my leaves curling?
Although Snake plants are drought tolerant, they still need some water. You should water your plant when the top 50% of soil is dry. It is also helpful to maintain a consistent watering schedule.
Will my snake plant flower?
Snake plant flowers are very rare but they can produce them. The flowers grow from dozens of buds on long stalks. The flowers are white or cream colored. When they are fully opened they look similar to lilies.