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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.

These are the steps we're going to cover in this guide:

  1. Water requirements
  2. Light requirements
  3. Fertilizing your Sansevieria
  4. Soil for sansevierias

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Water requirements

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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 water 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

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Sansevierias are also very flexible when it comes to light requirements. They can be placed in the shade all the way up to direct sunlight. 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.

A sansevieria is a very strong plant, when you expose it to direct sunlight from a southern/western window, it's leaves won't burn. However, when you do place your plant in an environment like this, make sure to water it more often, as water evaporates much quicker in direct sunlight.

Fertilizing your Sansevieria

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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. The reason fertilizing is not necessary for a sansevieria is the fact that it's a very slow growing plant. Fertilizing is usually reserved for plants that grow quickly, have flowers, or use a lot of energy in another way. Sansevierias don't have flowers, don't grow quickly and are generally very static plants. They're incredibly energy efficient, and won't require fertilizer very often.

Soil for sansevierias

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Sansevierias are plants that love dry environments and don't do well in humid and wet environments. Because of this, it's important to use very well draining soil for sansevierias. It's best to combine this with a pot that has a drainage hole in the bottom. This way all the excess water will escape from the pot and you won't risk your sansevieria getting root rot.

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 plant, sansevieria, dry, sun, beginner friendly

Posted on: May 15th, 2019 Last updated on: August 14th, 2020

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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