Whether you’re new to the world of houseplants or are a seasoned pro, Snake Plants are one of the easiest to grow and enjoy. This is a plant that thrives on minimal care! In fact, the biggest mistake people make is killing with kindness by overwatering – less is more! The tall, columnar shape varieties are easy to fit into more narrow spaces or where you need a vertical element, and the shorter varieties are great for decorating shelves and bookcases. Snake Plants also help remove harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from your indoor air.
LIGHT: Medium-bright light is optimum, but they do just fine in lower light areas such as an office, or where natural light is scarce or non-existent.
1. Bright direct light 2. Bright indirect light 3. Medium light 4. Low light
WATERING: Let them dry out between waterings! In warmer months they typically only need water about every three to four weeks. During cooler periods you can let them go for 6-8 weeks between waterings.
SOIL: The perfect medium is a mix of potting soil and cactus mix.
REPOTTING: Snakes Plants prefer to be snug in their pots. When it’s time to move them to a bigger size, be sure to go just 1-2 inches wider!
FERTILIZING: If needed, use cactus or indoor plant fertilizer in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.
NOTE: Snake Plants are toxic to pets and people if ingested.
Anecdotal info from the author: my cat loves to eat indoor plants but doesn’t bother with the Snake Plant at all. I’m guessing that the texture of it is wholly unappealing to her.