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How to care for Sansevierias

One of the easiest types of plant for beginners is a plant in the Sansevieria family. They require very little attention, they purify the air in your house and they look amazing. Although they are very easy to take care of, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when taking care of this plant, but especially the water requirements and the light levels.

Water requirements

The sansevierias are plants that require very little water. When you water this plant, you need to make sure that all of its soil is dried out. You can do this by sticking a finger into the soil. If you're going to kill this plant, it's most likely due to overwatering. So make sure you put this plant in very well draining soil and when you water it, make sure none of the "leftover" water stays in the pot. The sansevierias can't have their roots in any water, because root rot occurs quite easily.

This all sounds very scary, but it really isn't. Just forget to water this plant for 2 to 4 weeks at a time and it'll be fine. I've once forgotten to water my snake plant for 2 months and it really didn't care. It never suffered from this and it was happy to receive the water after that long period of drought.

In the summer you can waster this plant every two weeks, but in the winter, when it's dormant, limit this to once a month. This really depends on if you place the sansevieria in a bright or dark location. If it's in a brighter location, you can water it a little more often. Just make sure the soil dries out in between waterings.

Light requirements

Sansevierias are also very flexible when it comes to light requirements. They can be placed in the shade all the way up to bright indirect light. I've had my snake plant in the shade for at least 6 months now and it still looks just as beautiful as when I first got it. It won't grow as quickly as when you provide it with some more light, but if you're okay with this, it's really not a problem to keep this plant in a darker place.

However, never place this plant in direct sunlight in a southern or western window. It's a very strong plant, but when it's exposed to direct sunlight from a southern/western window, it's blades (or leaves) will start to burn. If you do want to place this plant next to a window, make sure it's either a northern or eastern facing window. It will still receive sunlight, but only for a short period of time and only in the morning or evening. This is when the sun is at its weakest.

Feeding requirements

This plant shouldn't be fed too often. It's really not going to help too much. If you do want to use fertilizer, use it during the growing season (the summer) and use general plant fertilizer.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: snake, snake plant

Posted on: May 15th, 2019

Other common names for this plant

  • Snake plant
  • Sansevieria Trifasciata
  • Saint George's sword
  • Mother-in-law's tongue
  • Viper's bowstring hemp
  • Dracaena trifasciata

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