How you can Take care of Snake Crops – Sansevieria

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

The scientific identify 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 house and so they deliver plenty of visible curiosity to the setting! 

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There have been research that present the sansevieria removes dangerous chemical compounds from the setting 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 superb starter plant and with its simple care, you may’t go improper with it! On this put up, I needed to share some recommendations on caring to your sansevieria.


While you get a sansevieria from the backyard retailer or perhaps a pal shared a part of theirs, you must know what to take action your new plant can thrive. First, snake crops LOVE effectively 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 method to kill a sansevieria.

These crops are similar to cacti in relation to their care. They don’t wish to be sitting in water for too lengthy. One of many essential issues that may preserve your plant from root rot is effectively 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 preserve the soil aerated and let the water run via the soil.

Including a scoop of Perlite is a superb addition when you’d like to maximise the soil’s aeration. Perlite is of course derived and comes from volcanic eruptions. For those who add your individual sand to your soil combine, make certain 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 prone to pests or different organisms discovered open air.

I did this as soon as and discovered my lesson in a short time and introduced in further little critters that have 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 filth to “breathe” so the moisture isn’t trapped inside. Terra cotta pots assist with avoiding root rot as effectively.

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 effectively, however all of them have a drainage gap on the backside.

Be sure all pots have a drainage gap so the water has a method of escaping! Sitting water on the backside of your pot will seemingly result in loss of life by root rot. Generally, I’ll discover a beautiful clay pot however there is no such thing as a gap on the underside!

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

I repot my sansevieria solely after they want slightly 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 wish to get a pot that offers my new plant about 2 inches of development room round the entire diameter of the pot.

This offers the plant room to develop nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bit cosy. Replanting your sansevieria in too massive of a pot means extra soil, resulting in extra time to dry out, which might 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.

If in case you have a pot on a wooden ground or wooden floor, simply be sure to 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 could actually deal with various lighting conditions. The plant will develop higher in vivid mild (close to a window in your house), however it could actually deal with a darker nook in your house as effectively.

Low mild is OK for the plant and it is going to be simply positive in a room with low mild. At my son’s faculty, there may be a fully lovely sansevieria in a room with no home windows! The one mild supply is fluorescent mild bulbs which are turned on in the course of the day.

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

A rule of thumb in relation to lighting: Simply because they will reside in low mild doesn’t imply that they are going to essentially thrive in low mild. They are going to positively develop higher in vivid mild.


I discover the extra I neglect 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 per week.

How your plant holds moisture will rely upon the place you reside. For those who reside in a dryer local weather, then it should dry out quicker, or when you reside in a moist local weather, then it should maintain water longer. One tip that I’ve discovered to be important is that I don’t water my succulents or crops that wish 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 may be 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 fairly 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 development 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 might 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 may go away your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so among the chemical compounds 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 superb 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 happening.

I flip my plant each time I water it. Turning your plant will promote even development (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 outdoors)! This will make an enormous distinction with the quantity of sunshine attending to your plant. Squeaky clear home windows will let in additional mild!


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

For those who’d wish to propagate your sansevieria, merely minimize off a leaf utilizing a freshly washed instrument. 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 wish 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 chopping in entrance of a window to allow them to take in plenty of mild. When the roots begin to develop, you may go away the leaf within the water (I’ve left mine in water for months!) and it’ll do exactly positive.

When the roots have enough development (1-2 inches is nice), you may pot it in soil! Tremendous simple!

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

Because the roots make their method 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 if you find yourself attempting to propagate. I’ll verify on my freshly propagated leaves and provides them extra consideration than standard.

If the soil has turn 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, top-of-the-line issues about sansevieria is the number of species! This plant has a various and exquisite 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 comparable. Listed below are two completely different sansevieria I’ve in my house. It’s superb how distinctive each is!

Different Species of Snake Crops

This species is 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 exquisite. Different leaves will ultimately develop, however I really like the way in which it seems to be proper now!

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

Take pleasure in your journey with snake crops! -Janae