Snake 'Sanseviera' Plant Care Guide

Sanseveria, 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.

Soil: Free-draining soil mix is recommended for these plants as the roots are easily prone to rotting. A soilless potting mixture will provide adequate drainage. Make sure the bottom of your pot does not trap tap water inside and always remove excess water from the saucer.

Light: 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. 

Watering: 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.

Temperature: Snake plants are very forgiving and tolerate a wide range of temperature conditions. The ideal temperature is 60°F - 80°F. If the foliage turns yellow, move the plant to a warmer location.

Fertilizing: The best fertilizer for your plant is an all-purpose plant food during warm weather. Snake plants are most in need of extra nutrients in the Summer. You can eliminate the fertilizer in the Winter and Fall because they don't need the extra nutrients in cold weather.

Flowering: 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. 

Care Tips:

  • Use soilless potting mixture
  • Provide plenty of indirect sunlight
  • Water sparingly every 2 - 3 weeks
  • The ideal temperature is 60°F - 80°F
  • Only use fertilizer in warmer months