How To Make Your Plants Happy: Snake Plant Care Guide

Drawing of Snake Plant


Ideally needs bright, indirect light but can also survive in low light. It can adapt to full sun conditions over time if needed.


Water every 14-21 days but less during the winter. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again.


Prefers warm and hot climates. Ideal temperature is 60°F-80°F. Keep away from air vents or by doors with a drafty, cold air coming in. There is no misting is required, can thrive in normal room humidity.


It can grow up to 48" tall indoors. Does not need fertilizer, but to grow fast, fertilize once in spring and once in summer. 


This plant is a slow grower and will not have to be repotted often. If you need to repot, only do so in Spring and use a well-draining or cactus potting soil.


Propagate through division: gently remove the new plant shoots growing in the pot and plant them into a new pot using well-draining soil.


Toxic to cats and dogs as well as humans. Can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea if pets or humans take a bite.

Snake plant potted on a stool

About the Snake Plant

Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'

Nicknames: Snake Plant, Laurentii Snake Plant, Mother-in-law's Tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Golden Bird's Nest, Good Luck Plant, St. George's Sword, Yellow-Edged Snake Plant, Variegated Snake Plant, Devil's Tongue, African Spear, Magic Sword

The Snake Plant has long, stiff, and dark-green vertical leaves that are green and white patterned lines with bright yellow. This plant is drought resistant and low maintenance, making it nearly indestructible. It is a great choice for an air purifying plant as it has the ability to remove 107 different types of toxins from the air, including formaldehyde, benzene, air pollution and cigarette smoke. It is a great, versatile plant that can be a statement piece in the corner or a table top display.
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