Learn how to Take care of Snake Crops – Sansevieria

Sansevieria (often known as Mom-in-Regulation Tongue or Snake Plant) is an incredible plant. The sansevieria initially got here from Africa and made its technique to Europe within the 18th century.

The scientific title for this explicit sansevieria is Dracaena Trifasciata. It has hanging sculptural magnificence and the care may be very easy. I’ve snake crops in practically each room of my dwelling and so they convey plenty of visible curiosity to the atmosphere! 

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There have been research that present the sansevieria removes dangerous chemical substances from the atmosphere and releases oxygen, leading to it having air purifying qualities. The jury continues to be out on how efficient it’s in purifying the air, however I nonetheless have one in virtually each room 🙂

This particular plant is a good starter plant and with its simple care, you’ll be able to’t go fallacious with it! On this put up, I wished to share some recommendations on caring to your sansevieria.


While you get a sansevieria from the backyard retailer or possibly a pal shared a part of theirs, you want to know what to take action your new plant can thrive. First, snake crops LOVE nicely draining soil. Keep away from compact soil as a result of this type of soil will maintain extra moisture and will result in root rot.

Root rot is when the soil will get waterlogged. If the plant stays moist for too lengthy, the roots can rot and ultimately, your plant will die. That is the quickest technique to kill a sansevieria.

These crops are similar to cacti relating to their care. They don’t prefer to be sitting in water for too lengthy. One of many essential issues that may hold your plant from root rot is nicely draining soil.

You should buy a premade cactus/succulent soil (it’s a mixture of sand and soil) and most backyard shops will carry it. Having the sand within the soil will hold the soil aerated and let the water run by means of the soil.

Including a scoop of Perlite is a superb addition in case you’d like to maximise the soil’s aeration. Perlite is of course derived and comes from volcanic eruptions. When you add your personal sand to your soil combine, ensure it’s made particularly for gardeners and growers.

Different sands (like play sand) are literally extra compact and never the most effective for drainage in your crops. It could go with out saying, however by no means use soil that has been outdoors. It will make your plant vulnerable to pests or different organisms discovered outdoor.

I did this as soon as and realized my lesson in a short time and introduced in additional little critters that had been dangerous to my plant.

For pots, I really like terracotta pots. These are the reddish clay ones that you could find virtually anyplace. The terracotta permits the grime to “breathe” so the moisture isn’t trapped inside. Terra cotta pots assist with avoiding root rot as nicely.

The plant will dry out a lot quicker in a terracotta pot as a result of the clay wick’s water is from the soil. I’ve some crops in ornamental earthenware pots that aren’t terracotta as nicely, however all of them have a drainage gap on the backside.

Ensure all pots have a drainage gap so the water has a approach of escaping! Sitting water on the backside of your pot will seemingly result in loss of life by root rot. Typically, I’ll discover a beautiful clay pot however there isn’t any gap on the underside!

That is simply fastened by drilling a gap utilizing a particular drill bit. A fast YouTube video will educate you what you want to know in case you’ve by no means drilled a gap in a pot. 

I repot my sansevieria solely after they want a little bit extra wriggle room or after I buy a brand new plant and have to take it out of the plastic pot it got here in. I prefer to get a pot that offers my new plant about 2 inches of progress room round the entire diameter of the pot.

This offers the plant room to develop however it’s nonetheless a bit comfortable. Replanting your sansevieria in too huge of a pot means extra soil, resulting in extra time to dry out, which may result in root rot.

Fast tip: The draw back to utilizing a terracotta pot is that as a result of the pot lets the moisture breathe, the moisture will seemingly find yourself on the floor that your pot is on.

You probably have a pot on a wooden flooring or wooden floor, simply be sure you place a plate or nonporous materials below the pot to guard the pot from ruining your floor.

How A lot Mild Does a Snake Plant Want?

The beauty of sansevieria is that it may deal with numerous lighting conditions. The plant will develop higher in brilliant gentle (close to a window in your house), however it may deal with a darker nook in your house as nicely.

Low gentle is OK for the plant and will probably be simply wonderful in a room with low gentle. At my son’s college, there’s a completely stunning sansevieria in a room with no home windows! The one gentle supply is fluorescent gentle bulbs which can be turned on throughout the day.

It’s wonderful to see this plant thrive in what seems to be poor lighting situations. It actually is an extremely adaptable plant! I’ve sansiervieras throughout my dwelling and each is in a distinct lighting scenario. Those close to the home windows will certainly develop quicker, however the ones in low gentle are nonetheless pleased (just a bit smaller). 

A rule of thumb relating to lighting: Simply because they’ll stay in low gentle doesn’t imply that they are going to essentially thrive in low gentle. They may positively develop higher in brilliant gentle.


I discover the extra I overlook about my snake plant, the higher! Solely water when the soil is dry. I like to stay my finger within the soil about 3-4 inches to see if the soil is totally dry. If there’s a little moisture within the soil, then I’ll verify it once more in every week.

How your plant holds moisture will rely upon the place you reside. When you stay in a dryer local weather, then it should dry out quicker, or in case you stay in a moist local weather, then it should maintain water longer. One tip that I’ve discovered to be very important is that I don’t water my succulents or crops that prefer to dry out on wet days.

Watering on wet days retains my crops soggy and so they take longer to dry out. Or, if there’s rain within the forecast, I’ll wait to water till the rain is over. I water my sansevierias each 2-3 weeks. In winter, I taper off watering and water about each 4 weeks.

When watering, my rule of thumb is to only water the primary 6 inches of soil. I don’t soak my crops with water due to the specter of root rot. I’d quite below water than over water them. 

Sansevierias don’t like their leaves to be moist, so while you water, simply pour the water on the soil and attempt to keep away from getting any water on the leaves. When new progress is coming in on sansevieria, little leaves type rosettes.

These rosettes don’t like getting moist or particularly don’t like water pooling in them. Water within the rosettes will be detrimental to your plant, so attempt to keep away from that in any respect prices. Sansevierias like room temperature water.

If you’re utilizing faucet/metropolis water while you water, you’ll be able to go away your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so among the chemical substances evaporate. After 24 hours, the water is cleaner and more healthy for our plant.

Fluoride and chlorine can construct up in your sansevieria, so this technique of leaving your water out will repay in the long term. Utilizing filtered water or collected rain water is a good choice too!


Dusting the leaves is a superb behavior that your sansevieria will thanks for. I seize a barely damp fabric (not too moist!) and wipe the leaves down on either side. It will assist the solar hit the plant and never block photosynthesis from going down.

I flip my plant each time I water it. Turning your plant will promote even progress (particularly in case your plant is close to a window). One other tip is to maintain your home windows good and clear (on the within and out of doors)! This will make a giant distinction with the quantity of sunshine attending to your plant. Squeaky clear home windows will let in additional gentle!


Propagating a sansevieria is a enjoyable and great course of to observe. You may propagate in water or in soil. I personally love propagating in water as a result of you’ll be able to see the brand new root progress taking place earlier than your eyes.

When you’d prefer to propagate your sansevieria, merely minimize off a leaf utilizing a freshly washed device. I discover scissors are nice! You may minimize the leaf straight on the underside or minimize a “V” form on the underside. This “V” offers your plant extra actual property to develop new roots.

Seize a glass vase or jar and stick your newly minimize leaf in it. I prefer to sill my water about 4 inches above the underside of my freshly minimize leaf. Maintain your plant within the water and watch little roots begin to sprout!

Change the water and rinse the vessel anytime the water will get cloudy. I place my new reducing in entrance of a window to allow them to absorb plenty of gentle. When the roots begin to develop, you’ll be able to go away the leaf within the water (I’ve left mine in water for months!) and it’ll just do wonderful.

When the roots have enough progress (1-2 inches is nice), you’ll be able to pot it in soil! Tremendous simple!

If you wish to propagate utilizing the soil technique, merely minimize your plant (similar to talked about above) and stick your freshly minimize plant right into a pot with damp soil. As your plant begins to root (you’ll be able to’t see it taking place just like the water technique), you have to ensure the soil doesn’t dry out an excessive amount of.

Because the roots make their approach out and develop, they are going to want fixed contact with the soil, so don’t let your plant dry out an excessive amount of when you’re attempting to propagate. I’ll verify on my freshly propagated leaves and provides them extra consideration than typical.

If the soil has develop into bone dry, then I’ll give them an excellent soak in water. It is rather satisfying when your new plant takes root and even begins rising new leaves!

Lastly, probably the greatest issues about sansevieria is the number of species! This plant has a various and delightful plant household. The traditional and hottest plant is the sword-shaped leaf that you just see EVERYWHERE (like on this put up).

Don’t be afraid to strive new species as a result of their care may be very related. Listed below are two totally different sansevieria I’ve in my dwelling. It’s wonderful how distinctive each is!

Different Species of Snake Crops

This species known as Whale Fin. It seems to be like a whale’s fin breaching the water. I really like how this plant stands alone. This one leaf is so dramatic and delightful. Different leaves will ultimately develop, however I really like the best way it seems to be proper now!

This species known as the Cylindrical Snake plant. Its leaves fan out and it turns into fairly massive. I’ve needed to separate this plant 3 times simply because it grows so shortly!

Get pleasure from your journey with snake crops! -Janae

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