Snake Plant

Sansevieria

 
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Overview

Here’s one I’m totally obsessed with and most people know well - Sansevieria better know as the Snake Plant. I’m a huge fan of this plant from the basic ones, to the rare ones, to the straight up weird ones, all 70 varieties. It was the first larger plant I ever purchased and one of the most easy to grow house plants out there.

Like my other easy going plants, see Spider Plant and ZZ Plant, Snake plants have nutrient storing rhizomes under the soil. That’s where the magic happens! When there is drought OR when you forget to water for a whole month the rhizomes kick in allowing the plant to survive on stored nutrients.

New offshoots will pop out of the soil up from the rhizome, these can be easily be divided off to start a new plant. Other easy propagation methods are placing a cutting in water to root or placing a calloused over cutting directly in moist soil.

What’s not to love about about this icon of a plant - its great for beginners, it will hang in there even if you don’t have the best natural light, it won’t be too upset if you forget to water for a while, and I just find it so fun to try and collect one of each!

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Water

Watering needs will vary depending on the season and light/temperature conditions.

In bright light and/or growing season I do a deep soak, every couple of weeks.

Soaking the plant until water drains from the bottom of the pot.

If the plant will be in very low light/artificial light be cautious, over saturated soil is the snake plants mortal enemy.

Light

Sansevieria has a reputation for being a plant that does well in low light, while it will tolerate low or artificial light, it’s not necessarily the ideal conditions for the plant.

A snake plant that is doing its best is getting some bright indirect sunlight for at least a few hours per day, just be careful of harsh direct rays.

Good to Know

This plant an air-purifier, especially at night when the plant does its breathing.

Snake plants don’t mind being root bound and would prefer a pots that is snug over one that is too big.

The dried leaves can be used as a source of natural fiber, for crafting, not eating. This is why it is sometimes called Viper’s Bow String Hemp.

Easy to propagate by division, water, soil!

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘moonshine’

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘moonshine’

Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii robusta

Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii robusta

 
Sansevieria trifasciata zeylanica

Sansevieria trifasciata zeylanica