How to Care for Your Snake Plant

The snake plant has some really fun names.

First of all, Sansevieria Trifasciata is its Latin name and that’s a pretty cool name.

But it’s also known as Mother in Law’s Tongue, St. George’s Sword and Viper’s Bowstring.

That sounds like a pretty cool to add to your collection, doesn’t it?

Let’s Learn About the Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is very common on every list of “easy care” plants. It’s really a full package.

It’s not too demanding and it looks really impressive.

If you need something tall and straight to add to your houseplant collection, then the Snake Plant is probably perfect for you.

Add to that the variegated leaves and you will definitely love the look of this plant.

The Snake Plant is native to dry, rocky areas in Africa, so that should give you some clues about the kind of conditions this plant will like in your home.

How to Care for Your Snake Plant

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your new Hoya Heart.


We already know that the Snake Plant comes from dry, rocky areas in Africa. That means you don’t want to overwater your Snake Plant.

Water it when the top 1-2 inches are dry and you’ll probably find that in the winter you can go longer between waterings.

The worst thing you can do for Snake Plant is let it sit around with soggy roots so just take care that you aren’t watering too much.


Snake Plant is going to thrive with bright light, but it’s pretty adaptable to almost any light conditions you might have in your home.

While it is used to getting some good sunlight, you don’t want it to get constant direct sunlight all day. It could end up with sunburnt leaves. If you have it in a sunny window, consider a sheer curtain to filter that sun a bit.


The Snake Plant is a succulent and it grows in rocky soil.

That means it’s going to want soil that drains really well when it’s living in your home. A Cactus & Succulent potting mix will work out well.

And make sure you’re using a pot with drainage.


Snake Plants aren’t heavy eaters. You can skip the fertilizer all together, or give them a bite once or twice a year with general purpose houseplant fertiziler.

Things to Watch for with Your Snake Plant

You shouldn’t run into too many problems with the Snake Plant. Here’s a couple of things to just keep an eye on.

#1. The leaves are curling

This is usually a sign of underwatering. Give your Snake Plant a good soaking if you see this happening.

Underwatering is better than overwatering, but still, don’t forget to water this guy when he needs it.

#2. The leaves are yellowing.

You’re probably overwatering.

Say it with me.


Go Get Your Snake Plant!

Now that you know how to care for your Snake Plant, you can confidently bring one into your home.

Find the perfect spot for it and watch it grow.