Want a plant that’s easy to care for, looks beautiful AND removes 107 known toxins from the air? What if I told you I knew one that was all that and didn’t mind if you forgot about it now and then? It’s called a snake plant! Today’s post is all about a snake plant care!
I’m a believer that everyone should have plants in their home. Ideally 3 per room but at least one! That’s why I love sharing about easy, low maintenance plants that everyone can enjoy.
The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is also called the mother-in-law tongue. It is one of the top purifying air plants according to NASA’s research.
It removes 107 known air pollutants AND produces tons of oxygen at night. This plant is perfect for your bedroom! I’m slowly getting enough of these to put one in each of our bedrooms given the fact that it does so much to clean the air and add oxygen at night.
However, there’s on downside. One thing to note is if you have a dog or cat, be warned that according to the ASPCA, these are toxic to dogs and cats. It contains saponins which protects it from bugs and fungi, but this can cause issues like nauseas, vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs. It likely won’t kill your animal but cause a lot of irritation. Keep this in mind when bringing a snake plant into your home!
Ok, on to all the ins and outs on snake plant care. There really isn’t that much to know since these plants are so easy but the following is what you should know for them to look their best!
SNAKE PLANT CARE MUST KNOWS
HOW OFTEN DO YOU WATER A SNAKE PLANT?
Truth be told, you could not water a snake plant for weeks and it would still look happy and perky! Snake plants are very drought-tolerant.
One thing you don’t want to do is overwater them. They don’t like to be overwatered. Ideally you want your snake plant in a pot with a drain hole using well-drained soil.
I actually have 2 of my snake plants in pots without drain holes and they do just fine (one is in a hanging pot so there really can’t be a drainage hole or our walls would be ruined!). I put my finger in the water to check how wet or dry it is before watering.
HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES MY SNAKE PLANT NEED?
Not much! Snake plants will honestly do fine in a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight or in a dark corner. I know, because that’s where I have 2 of mine! 🙂
Ideally put them in a spot where they get indirect light most of the day. They will adjust to wherever you put them. If they ever seem to look a little sad, you can always put them in a spot where they get indirect for a bit to revive them.
HOW DO I PROPAGATE?
There are a few different ways to propagate a snake plant. I’ve actually never propagated mine (yet!) since both of mine are still fairly small.
One way is through clippings.
Simply cut one of the leaves (preferably healthy and not too old) near the bottom. Fill a jar with water and place the bottom in the water. Put the jar in indirect light and change the water once a week or so.
Pretty soon it will start to root (similar to the pothos and spider plant) and you can plant it! Easy, peasy, right?
The other way is dividing it.
If your plant is getting to big for your pot, this is a great method to use.
First remove the entire plant from the pot. Depending on the plant, there may be a natural place to divide it. If that’s the case, pull apart the sections and cut the roots if necessary.
If there isn’t a natural place to divide it, you can choose where to cut it! I would ideally have both sections with ample amount of leaves to keep them full looking.
Tug the base away of the section you want to separate as well as you can and then cut it with a sharp shears or knife. Then repot both sections!
I hope this helps you learn and understand all about snake plant care. It truly is a easy, lovely plant to have in your home and ideal for beginners!
As always, thanks so much for reading and please share this with your friends!
If you’re checking out snake plant care, my guess is you might want some other low light plants! Be sure to check out 7 Low Light Plants for even more plant fun!