Snake Plant Complete Care Guide

Snake plant, Saint George's sword, mother in law's tongue and viper's bowstring hemp are some of the names given to the Sansevieria.  


The snake plant is one of the best, if not the best, plant for beginners and after reading our plant blog today, you will understand why!


It is native to tropical West Africa, which will give us some clues in understanding what the best conditions are for this striking plant.   

Today, we are going to talk about the Sansevieria Trifasciata, the snake plant that we stock here at Cuemars.  


One of my favourite characteristics of this type of snake plant is the dark green line pattern on its sturdy long leaves, framed by a contrasting light green border! 

So then, how do you take care of a Snake Plant?

WATER SCARCELY

Water your Snake plant every other week during growing season (Spring/Summer) and once a month, or every other month, during dormant season (Autumn/Winter).

DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Snake plants can tolerate almost all light conditions, from direct sunlight to shadier spots. However, they will thrive and grow better in a brighter space.

IMPROVES AIR QUALITY

Another advantage of owning a Snake plant is that they are natural air purifiers and they generate a lot of oxygen at night - making it a great bedroom plant!

FERTILISER

You can add a very heavily diluted fertiliser to the soil twice during growing season (Spring/Summer). We recommend organic fertilisers as they are more gentle to the roots.
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WATER SCARCELY

Snake plants are succulents and so, they store water within their leaves.

Snake plants are a great plant for beginners for many reasons, but the main one is that they are very forgiving when it comes to watering.

We recommend you to water your Snake plant every other week during the growing season (Spring/Summer) and once every month, or every other month, during dormant season (Autumn/Winter).

In terms of humidity, the Snake plant prefers a low humidity space, which is yet another advantage! You won't need to worry about misting it or creating a humidity tray as many other indoor plants need.

The only thing that you need to keep in mind is; to avoid dust building up on the leaves, clean them when required using a soft cloth, warm water and a bit of mild soap.

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DIRECT SUNLIGHT

As previously mentioned, Snake plants are very sturdy and can live in almost any light conditions, from bright to low. However, they will thrive and grow much better in a bright spot, with a mature snake plant reaching up to 2 metres.

Some might be wondering, what about a room with no light? Can a Snake plant live in a room without a window?

Well, we have mentioned several times how sturdy Snake plants are, but even for these hardy plants, some light is required. They can definitely survive some time under zero light conditions, however, at some point, it may be months or years, the lack of light will take the best out of it.

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IMPROVES AIR QUALITY

Snake plants are one of our favourite plants for several reasons, the main one being that they have great health benefits too!

They have been named by NASA as natural air purifiers and are able to remove toxic air pollutants such as Benzene; Formaldehyde; Trichloroethylene; Xylene and Toluene.

Snake plants are also one of the highest oxygen-producing indoor plants. They absorb great deals of carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis. The plant mainly releases clean air back into its surroundings during night time, making it an ideal bedroom plant.

Who would have thought that an indoor plant could give us so much?

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FERTILISER

Snake plants do not really need a fertiliser. However, if you would like to give yours some extra nutrients, you can always add a heavily diluted fertiliser to the soil. You will only need to do this twice during the growing season.

Some fertilisers can be too aggressive to the Snake plants' roots, so please remember to at least halve the strength of your fertiliser. You can also opt for a gentle organic fertiliser if you prefer.

If you are a pet owner, please note that Snake plants are mildly toxic to pets and they can upset your furry friend's tummy if consumed. This is because it contains saponins, a type of chemical compound found in some plant species. 


We hope that you found these tips helpful!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions via our Social Media channels. You can visit us in our Shoreditch plant shop once we reopen but in the meantime, we are delivering house plants to UK residents. Check out our ever expanding plant collection online now, including the sturdy Snake plant



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