Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
If you’ve never taken care of a plant before and want an easy start, the snake plant is the one for you. You’d have to try pretty hard to actually kill one. It thrives on neglect, responding best to the lightest of watering and then just being left alone. It will appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, but that's about as much special attention as it needs.
It's a great bedroom plant as it stores up oxygen throughout the day, then releases it all at night.
Low-key as it is, the snake plant has long been treasured all over the world. In Nigeria, it's associated with Ogun, the deity of war. In other parts of Africa, it's connected to Oya, the bringer of storms. In China, it's the ‘Tiger’s tail orchid’; in Japan, the ‘Tiger’s tail’; in Brazil, the ‘Sword of Saint George’; in Russia, ‘Pike’s tail’. Basically, this plant is pretty famous.
Sansevierias (snake plants) can live in almost any level of light, low light to bright direct sun. They're the cactus of indoor plants.
Sansevierias only needs to be watered biweekly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. Depending on the temperature of your space this will vary! During the winter months your snake plant will be fine being watered once a month if the soil is still moist biweekly.
Sansevierias do not have any particular humidity requirement - they thrive in dry environments. They're survivors!
Sansevierias do not have any particular temperature requirements but will suffer if subjected to temperatures below 50ºF.
Sansevierias are toxic to both people and animals (not healthy to eat) - keep away from small children and pets.
- Browning, yellowing leaves: suggests your snake plant has been overwatered and/or your plant lacks drainage.