How to Grow and Care for a Snake Plant

If you doubt whether you have a green thumb or not; but want to pursue your gardening hobby; then always start with snake plants. They are the easiest houseplants that can thrive almost in negligence. Moreover, this plant looks beautiful and comes in different colors, variegations, and sizes. So, you can easily grow and care for this beautiful houseplant that will add beauty to your architectural design.

There are different names for the snake plants like sansevieria and mother-in-law’s tongue. This plant is native to the tropical and sub-tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe. With time, it is increasing its popularity as a low-maintenance and hardy houseplant. And the striking lines and shape of the leaves are perfect for any sort of home décor like chick, minimalistic, classy, or farmhouse.

So, if you are struggling with plants and not able to keep them thriving and living, then you can take a breath of relief. When you will know the ways to grow and care for the snake plant, you will understand why it is considered as hard to kill and almost indestructible. It can adjust to your busy lifestyle as it has a very low requirement of water and light. On the other hand, overwatering is something that you must avoid for snake plants as it can cause root rot. Due to its surviving nature, it is a very popular office plant as well.

  • Tips to Buy the Snake Plant: While shopping for the snake plant, you must look into the healthiest plant in the lot. The color of the leaves should be rich and all the leaves must be unbroken. The potting soil should not be very dry. After the selection of the plant, now you need a planter that must be a little bigger than the plant. While selecting this, you must look for the planter which is wide because the plant is heavy from the top. Terracotta or earthen pots are the best choices for snake plants as it is naturally drying the soil.
  • Repotting the plant: After purchasing, you need to report the plant in the planter and for that, you need a good potting mix that is well-draining. You need to add perlite, vermiculite, and sand to improve the drainage. After preparing the soil, fill the pot two-thirds with it. Then dig a well in between the pot. Now remove the plant from the nursery pot, place it in the new pot and press the soil. Add more soil as required. Water the plant to finish the process.
  • Placing the plant: Snake plant is known as the air-purifier plant and also reduces the stress level. It is also good for the low light area. You can keep a corner that receives bright indirect sunlight. It also survives low light. Snake plant is a great choice for the bedroom as well.
  • Care and Maintenance of the plant: Snake plant needs minimum effort to keep thriving. It is a draught-proof plant. You need to add water once a week. Overwatering can cause root rot in the plant. While watering, make sure it comes under the pot. It does not need fertilizer. Moreover, it is resistant to most pests, infections, and diseases.